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General

Seniors Enquiry Line
The Queensland Office of Seniors runs a Seniors Enquiry Line telephone information service which can be accessed for the cost of a local call at 1300 135 500. The phone service is operational from 9:00am till 5:00pm weekdays and is staffed by volunteers who will be able to connect you to a range of services and information including health related queries.

13 HEALTH
Queensland Health operates the 13 HEALTH telephone service (13 43 25 84) which allows telephone access to Registered Nurses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Council on the Ageing
The Council on the Ageing Queensland (COTAQ) has a website with a number of useful information links for older Queenslanders.

Victorian Health Department
The Victorian Health Department has produced a series of fact sheets about being well for life and improving nutrition and physical activity for older people at home.

HACC
The Home and Community Care (HACC) Program has information for older people who may become HACC clients. Electronic awareness raising information booklets on healthy active ageing are available from the HACC Program in a range of community languages including English, Greek, Italian, Polish, Vietnamese and Turkish. A summary poster is also available for download in the languages above as well as versions in Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Dutch, Filipino, French, German, Hungarian, Samoan, Serbian and Spanish. HACC also has information resources aimed at older indigenous people.

Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs
The Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs has produced a comprehensive falls prevention guide for older people called the Homefront Guide to Preventing Falls in Older People. The Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs has also produced a leaflet on home care for veterans.

Live Healthy Georgia
Live Healthy Georgia: Seniors Taking Charge is an American website that provides a comprehensive overview of a range of senior's issues including active ageing, prescription drugs, vision, healthy recipes and dealing with grief.

National Institute on Ageing
The US National Institute on Ageing has produced a wide range of publications about healthy ageing.

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Don't fall for it. Falls can be prevented! - A guide to preventing falls for older people booklet is aimed at community dwelling older people and their families and carers. It describes intrinsic falls risk factors, extrinsic falls risk factors and what to do in the event of a fall.
Don't fall for it books in other languages

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Physical activity

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has developed a webpage promoting the message of stay active, stay independent and stay on your feet. The website includes ways to help older people to stay motivated, connected, informed and active.

NordicFit®
Nordic Pole Walking is a popular form of physical activity for older people. This website includes detailed information on the benefits of pole walking.

Better Health Channel
The Better Health Channel has an informative webpage promoting gardening for seniors including safety issues to be aware of as well as nutritional and physical activity benefits.

Positive Ageing Resource Centre
The Positive Aging Resource Centre has produced a website dedicated to the benefits of gardening and associated physical activity for older people.

Victorian Aged Care Department
A guide to active living has been produced by the Victorian Aged Care Department.

Victorian Health Department
The Victorian Health Department has produced a guide to physical activity for older people and their carers.

National Heart Foundation
The National Heart Foundation website has exercise programs for people who are managing lifelong health conditions such as heart problems and diabetes, arthritis, lung and chest conditions, as well as those with risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, depression, etc. Programs are specifically designed to be safe for people with these types of health conditions and the trained and accredited leaders operate within a set of safety guidelines.

Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs
The Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a booklet to help older Australians achieve sufficient physical activity for good health. This booklet shows simple ways to build exercise and activity into a daily routine. Included are descriptions of different types of exercises, an activity planner and advice on coping with health problems and overcoming setbacks.

Osteoporosis Australia
Osteoporosis Australia has a website on how to prevent osteoporosis by maintaining healthy bones through physical activity.

Centers for Disease Control (US)
The Centers for Disease Control (USA) has a website with information about strength training for older individuals. It covers various relevant topics including, safety, preparation, motivation, intensity and demonstrations of how to perform certain exercises.

National Institute on Ageing (US)
The US National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Ageing has produced a range of useful publications including a good overview of the relationship between healthy ageing and regular physical activity. The Institute on Ageing has also produced a detailed Exercise Guide for older people.

World Health Organisation
The World Health Organisation has produced an information sheet on older people and physical activity.

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Continence

Continence Foundation of Australia
The Continence Foundation of Australia has a website with a useful Links page. The Continence Foundation of Australia also has a National Continence Helpline (1800 33 00 66) which offers free, confidential advice about bladder and bowel control.

The National Public Toilet Map
A guide to the location of public toilets anywhere in Australia has been produced by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.

Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing - Continence
The Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing has a website with detailed information about continence, associated services and help.

Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing - Bladder & Bowel
The Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing also has a website dedicated to bladder and bowel problems.

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Mobility

Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs
The Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs has produced a brochure called 'Keeping you SAFE in the Rider's Seat' which addresses the safety issues surrounding the purchase, operation and maintenance of motorised scooters and electric wheelchairs.

The Wheelchair Site
For those confined to a wheelchair, specific exercise and mobility programs have been designed to help preserve muscle tone and agility. The Wheelchair site has such an exercise program.

Positive Ageing Resource Centre
The Positive Ageing Centre website also has a series of wheelchair based exercises.

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Medicines

     Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing
The Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing has a website about the proper management of medications and the proper use of medicines, as well as a guide about using consumer medicine information.

National Prescribing Service (NPS)  National Prescribing Service (NPS)
Get information about your medicines over the phone. The National Prescribing Service (NPS) works with Healthdirect Australia to provide consumers with information about prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines. Call 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) or for more information, visit their website.

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Nutrition

HACC
The Home and Community Services (HACC) program in Victoria has produced a booklet called Good Food and Health Advice for Older People Who Want to Help Themselves.

Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs
The Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs has produced a cookbook for seniors called Adding Life to your Years.

Virginia Cooperative Extension (US)
Virginia Tech and Virginia State University in the United States have produced a detailed guide to nutrition for older people.

National Institute on Ageing (US)
The National Institute on Ageing in the United States has produced a guide to good nutrition.

World Health Organisation
The World Health Organisation has produced a publication on how to keep fit for life and meeting the nutritional needs of older persons.

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Foot care

Australian Podiatry Council
The Australasian Podiatry Council has an information sheet on feet and ageing.

Better Health Channel
The Better Health Channel has a webpage dedicated to foot care.

My Doctor
The My Doctor website has a section on foot care and ageing.

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Public places

Office of Senior Victorians
The Office of Senior Victorians has a positive ageing program.

Safer Streetscapes for Older People: A qualitative falls research project in Wellington, New South Wales
A falls research project was undertaken in Wellington, New South Wales that examined safer public spaces and streets for older people.

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Vision and eyesight

Better Health Channel
The Better Health Channel has produced a webpage about vision loss and safety around the home.

National Eye Health Awareness Campaign
The Australian Government's National Eye Health Initiative encourages Australians aged over 40 to get their eyes tested regularly. Early detection will improve eye health and reduce avoidable blindness, as 75 per cent of eye conditions are preventable or treatable.

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Hazards in the home

Better Health Channel
The Better Health Channel has a webpage on falls prevention for older people which includes tips on how to reduce the risk of falls in the home and backyard.

Make a Move: Falls prevention and the environment
New South Wales Health has produced an excellent Make a Move fact sheet for older people on identifying falls hazards in the environment. The fact sheet is also available in a range of community languages - Arabic | Chinese | Greek | Italian | Spanish |Vietnamese.

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Hazards outside the home

Queensland Police Service
Queensland Police have produced safety and security advice for older people including suggestions about personal alarms, better security at home and when out and about.

Commonwealth Attorney-Generals Department
The Commonwealth Attorney-Generals Department has produced a booklet called Crime Prevention for Seniors - A Guide to Personal and Financial Safety.

Age Concern (UK)
Age Concern from the UK has produced a seventeen-page fact sheet providing advice to people aged over 60 on simple precautions which can be taken to protect them both inside and outside their home, including protection from mass marketing scams and identity theft.

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Last Updated: 03 October 2013
Last Reviewed: 01 August 2008