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Long-Term Care Is Newest Topic on NIHSeniorHealth Site

Older adults and their loved ones can find easy-to-understand answers to questions about long-term care by visiting Long-Term Care the newest topic on NIHSeniorHealth, the health and wellness website for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.

“Today, approximately 10 million Americans need long-term services and supports. As America ages, that number is rising steadily. By 2020, it is expected that 15 million Americans will need some type of long-term care,” says Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for aging at the Administration on Aging. “Understanding and finding the services and options available is key to planning ahead. The new topic of long-term care on NIHSeniorHealth describes in clear, concise language the range of long-term care services available and ways to plan for future needs.”

Long-Term Care joins a roster of research-based health topics of interest to older adults, including exercise and physical activity, safe use of medicines and management of diseases such as stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. NIHSeniorHealth is designed to be senior friendly and is tailored to the cognitive and visual needs of older adults. The short, easy-to-read segments of information, large print, opened captioned videos and speech function make the information on the site easy for older adults to see, understand, and navigate.

— Source: The National Institutes of Health