Little Compton Wellness Center

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Healthy Aging Resources
Information on healthy aging is available from so many sources (internet, TV, magazines, word of mouth, etc.) and it can be overwhelming and confusing. In addition, it is very difficult to tell what information is based on valid studies and research and which is conjecture or veiled advertising. The best way to assess the reliability of the information is to read the original study or rely on sources that have vetted the information by reading the original study. This can be a time consuming process that most of us are not willing to undertake. In order to help our community find reliable information, a volunteer committee at the Wellness Center is reviewing studies relating to healthy aging available on the internet and will post links to those that seem reliable. The studies will be summarized and grouped by some of the main issues facing us as we age: Brain fitness, Exercise , Nutrition and End of Life planning.  

Since it is very important to understand what makes a study reliable and how to assess risk (percent vs. absolute risk), articles on those topics are provided below. We will be adding articles on the other topics in the near future.
Understanding what is a Reliable Study and how to Assess Risk

1.What to look for in a media story to help determine if the story is reliable: http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2012/10/04/science-fact-or-science-fiction-making-sense-of-cancer-stories-in-the-media/



2. Where Can I Find Reliable Health Information Online? : https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/online-health-information




3. Stories can confuse absolute risk and percent risk in their conclusions. Here is help to understand the difference:  
http://patient.info/health/absolute-risk-and-relative-risk

If you are unable to access these studies, a paper copy is available at the Wellness Center.  
The committee welcomes any feedback or suggestions
The views and opinions expressed on these web sites are solely those of the original authors and other contributors.  These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Little Compton Wellness Center and the contributors to this site. 


       Resources for Brain Fitness



The following informative web sites have guidelines to keep your brain healthy as you age:

National Institute on Aging Information on Memory/Cognitive Health:
http://www.alz.org/we_can_help_brain_health_maintain_your_brain.asp

Booklet on Successful Aging and the Brain:
http://www.dana.org/StayingSharpSuccessfulAging

You Can Make a Difference! Brochure by the Administration for Community Living:
http://www.acl.gov/Get_Help/BrainHealth/docs/BrainHealthFactSheet.pdf