Specific Illnesses
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Dementias
space100.gif (856 bytes) Overview Splendid tutorial on the causes, diagnosis and treatment of dementia by the Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia at the University of California Irvine.

Facts about Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Forms of Dementia Practical information about the Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias from the Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging.

Short Version of facts About Alzheimer’s Portable fact sheet from the American Acadamy of Neurology is brief but comprehensive.

The Alzheimer’s Association If you know it’s Alzheimer’s disease, visit the Alzheimer’s Association site for information, local contacts and support. Produced by one of the best health organizations of its kind in the country.

Family Health Talks About Alzheimer’s Disease Information and support presented by the creator of Family Internet, Jo Danna, whose mother had Alzheimer’s disease. Includes on-line version of the Patient and Family Guide for Alzheimer’s, a publication of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Parkinson’s Disease
Overview HealthGuide Online explains the symptoms, causes and current treatments for Parkinson’s disease. Provides in-depth discussion of popular medications for this illness. (Note: You may need your reading glasses to view this site due to small type and poor color contrasts.)

The Parkinson’s Web Comprehensive information and contacts site about Parkinson’s disease, created by Ken Bernstein at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Surgical Treatment Jump directly to the Surgical Treatments page on Parkinson’s Web to learn about surgical procedures that are offering new hope to sufferers of this disease

Stroke
Overview Basic tutorial on heart disease and stroke from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Easy reading with large, clear lettering and user-friendly page design.

National Stroke Association Resources and information on stroke prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and research, plus support for stroke survivors and their families.

Index of Stroke and Heart Issues American Heart Association’s 1997 A-Z Heart and Stroke Guide answers questions on scores of topics.

Other Illnesses and Resources
Neurological Disorders Neurological Webforums at MGH gathers personal stories, expert commentary and other messages from around the world on specific neurological disorders and treatments. Tedious to use, but you may find helpful information from someone in exactly your situation on this interesting site.

Cancer, Heart Disease and Other Common Illnesses Select "Guided Tours" on this site by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for quick access to federal and non-profit sites dealing with cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other major illnesses.

Hospice Care Visit the award-winning Hospice and Home Care page of Growth House, located in San Francisco, to learn about the best ways to care for terminal illness.

The Medical Reference Desk ElderNet has collected links to several medical and drug information sites, including general medical sites and sites just for prescription and over-the-counter drug information. Look here if you can’t find the information you need elsewhere on this page.

Associations to Fight Disease
National Institutes of Health The NIH has compiled an extensive online directory of associations organized to fight disease and other groups focused on needs of the elderly. Each organization gets a page of information. Most have websites; NIH gives you the Web addresses, but no hyperlinks.

American Medical Association Links to other disease-specific associations and related medical sites complied by the AMA.


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