Talking With Your Older Patient: A Clinician's Handbook
Considering Health Care Perceptions
Understanding Older Patients
Obtaining the Medical History
Encouraging Wellness
Talking About Sensitive Subjects
Supporting Patients With Chronic Conditions
Breaking Bad News
Working With Diverse Older Patients
Including Families and Caregivers
Talking With Patients About Cognitive Problems
Keeping the Door Open
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Publications At-A-Glance

The National Institute on Aging offers free publications you might use when talking with your older patients. You can order single or multiple copies from:

National Institute on Aging Information Center
P.O. Box 8057
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-9057
800-222-2225 (toll-free)
800-222-4225 (TTY/toll-free)

The asterisk (*) indicates those also available in Spanish.

  • Arthritis Advice*
  • Cancer Facts for People Over 50*
  • Diabetes in Older People*
  • Hearing Loss*
  • High Blood Pressure*
  • Osteoporosis*
  • Prostate Problems*
  • Shingles
  • Stroke*
  • Crime and Older People*
  • Falls and Fractures*
  • Medicines: Use Them Safely*
  • Older Drivers*
  • Online Health Information: Can You Trust It?
  • A Good Night’s Sleep*
  • Aging and Your Eyes*
  • Concerned About Constipation?*
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Exercise and Physical Activity: Getting Fit for Life*
  • Flu—Get the Shot*
  • Foot Care*
  • Healthy Eating After 50
  • Hyperthermia*
  • Hypothermia*
  • Shots for Safety*
  • Skin Care and Aging
  • Smoking: It’s Never too Late to Stop
  • Taking Care of Your Teeth and Mouth*
Sensitive Subjects
  • Alcohol Use and Abuse*
  • Beware of Health Scams*
  • Considering Surgery*
  • Depression: Don’t Let the Blues Hang Around*
  • Forgetfulness: Knowing When to Ask for Help*
  • Getting Your Affairs in Order
  • HIV, AIDS, and Older People*
  • Mourning the Death of a Spouse
  • Nursing Homes: Making the Right Choice*
  • Sexuality in Later Life*
  • Urinary Incontinence*

More in-depth publications are also available.

  • End of Life: Helping With Comfort and Care
  • Exercise and Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging
  • So Far Away: Twenty Questions for Long-Distance Caregivers
  • Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People
  • There’s No Place Like Home—for Growing Old: Tips from the National Institute on Aging

NIA’s ADEAR Center has a wide variety of free publications for patients with cognitive problems, their families, and caregivers, such as Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregiver Guide: Tips for Caregivers of People with Alzheimer’s Disease. To order, contact:

Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center
P.O. Box 8250
Silver Spring, MD 20907-8250
800-438-4380 (toll-free)

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