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Find evidence-based information and recommendations related to Older Adults.

RatingResourceYearEvidence Type
Older Adults
Screening for Colorectal Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation
USPSTF
2008 Systematic Review, Expert Opinion
Older Adults
The effectiveness of urban design and land use and transport policies and practices to increase physical activity: a systematic review. (Community Guide Recommendation)
Community Preventive Services Task Force
2006 Systematic Review
Older Adults
The effectiveness of urban design and land use and transport policies and practices to increase physical activity: a systematic review. (Community Guide Recommendation)
Community Preventive Services Task Force
2006 Systematic Review
Older Adults
Recommendations for healthcare system and self-management education interventions to reduce morbidity and mortality from diabetes. (Community Guide Recommendation).
Community Preventive Services Task Force
2002 Systematic Review
Older Adults
Recommendations to increase physical activity in communities. (Community Guide Recommendation)
Community Preventive Services Task Force
2002 Systematic Review
Older Adults
Go4Life
NIH/NIA
2011 Randomized Controlled Trial, Expert Opinion
 

The Healthy People 2020 evidence-based resources identified have been selected by subject matter experts at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources. Each of the selected evidence-based resources has been rated and classified according to a set of selection criteria based, in part, on publication status, publication type, and number of studies. This classification scheme does not necessarily consider all dimensions of quality, such as statistical significance, effect size (e.g., magnitude of effect), meaningfulness of effect, additional effect over control, and study design (e.g., sample size, power, internal validity, external validity, generalizability, potential biases, potential confounders).

 

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Clinical Recommendations

The following clinical recommendations come from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) External Web Site Policy.

Colorectal Cancer Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) using fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy, in adults, beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years. The risks and benefits of these screening methods vary. Learn more External Web Site Policy

Screening for Breast Cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years. Learn more External Web Site Policy

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Consumer Information

The following consumer resources are from healthfinder.gov.

Stay Active as You Get Older: Quick tips

As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. These tips can help you find activities that will work for you.

Lower Your Risk of Falling

You can make small changes to help prevent falls.

Get Active

Physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life. It can also help you look and feel your best.

Take Charge of Your Health Care

Play an active role in your health care. Speak up and ask questions when you are at the doctor's office.

Protect Your Health as You Grow Older

Staying active and eating healthy foods can help you live longer and better.

Get Support if You Are a Caregiver

The emotional and physical stress of caregiving can cause health problems. When you are taking care of a loved one, make time to care for yourself.

Get Your Medicare Wellness Visit Every Year

Call your doctor's office to schedule your yearly Medicare wellness visit. Prepare for the appointment by writing a list of questions to ask the doctor.

Preventing Falls: Conversation starters

Worrying about the health and safety of older family members or friends can be stressful. You can help them stay healthy by sharing these tips on preventing falls.

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