Resources

Below, you can find a selection of helpful links about science, old age, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and more.

Parkinson’s Disease

  • American Parkinson Disease Association, MA: This organization supports the APDA Information and Referral Center and Advanced Center of Research (Neurology, Boston University Medical Center), and the APDA National Rehabilitation Center (Located at Sargent College Center of Neurorehabilitation, Boston University. You can also reach the APDA at this number: 617-638-8466
  • Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research: “The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda, and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.”
  • Fox Trial Finder: “Fox Trial Finder was developed by the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help people find opportunities to participate in Parkinson’s clinical trials. Play a part in making breakthroughs possible. Find your trial matches and connect with trial teams on Fox Trial Finder today.”
  • National Institue of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Check out this website to learn more about Parkinson’s disease and what organizations exist for Parkinson’s support and research.
  • Parkinson’s Study Group: “The Parkinson Study Group (PSG) is a nonprofit group of physicians and other health care providers from medical centers in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico experienced in the care of Parkinson patients and dedicated to clinical research of Parkinson disease.”
  • MedlinePlus: Parkinson’s Disease: The latest news, organizations, and coping information on Parkinson’s.

Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Alzheimer’s Association: “The Alzheimer’s Association, a national network of chapters, is the largest national voluntary health organization committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and helping those affected by the disease.” Find your local chapter, learn about the latest advancements in Alzheimer’s disease, ask questions, and request information. A great resource for Alzheimer’s disease patients and their caregivers.
  • Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center: Here, clinical research is conducted. The BUADC also has resources that include professional research seminars. The center is located at on the Boston University Medical Campus.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center: A service of the National Institutes of Health (a US government agency). Information, research, clinical trials, and links to other federal resources. Free downloadable informational publications about Alzheimer’s disease are available here. A short general-interest educational video and audio clip (scroll to “AD Animation Video”) is available free online.
  • MedlinePlus: Alzheimer’s disease: the latest news, organizations, and coping information.

Especially For Elders

  • AARP: The preeminent organization for age-related issues in America. Even nonmembers can read timely articles about aging in relation to health and wellness, managing money, legal issues, and more.
  • National Institute on Aging: Part of the US government’s National Institutes of Health. Read about the latest research, advice, and publications on aging. According to the site, “The NIA leads a national program of research on the biomedical, social, and behavioral aspects of the aging process; the prevention of age-related diseases and disabilities; and the promotion of a better quality of life for all older Americans.”
  • Committee to End Elder Homelessness: Their mission is to do just that—to end elder homelessness. A nonprofit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts. One of the founders states, “You can’t have health if you don’t have housing. You can’t have mental health if you don’t have a home.”
  • ElderCare: Find resources for elders in your own community. A service of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Science

  • Interactive Atlases: Check out these interactive 2D and 3D models of the human body. Main focus is on the brain, organs of the chest, and the knee. A “must see” for students and others interested in brain and body anatomy.
  • NeuroGuide: “A searchable and browsable index of neuroscience resources available on the Internet: Neurobiology, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, psychology, cognitive science sites and information on human neurological diseases.”
  • How Stuff Works: The name says it all. This site tells and (more importantly) shows how stuff works—from car engines,to television, compact discs, telephones, and more. For inquiring minds only!
  • Discovery: Check out the Discovery Channel website to catch up on your favorite science shows, read the latest news in science, and play games while you discover on your own.

Miscellaneous

  • Living to 100: This website applies research knowledge based on centenarians (those living until at least 100 years old). Along with being fun, it also gives some great information about how to live a longer and healthier life.
  • Lumosity: “Lumosity.com is advised by leading experts in neuroscience and cognitive psychology from Stanford, Berkeley, UCSF, and other prestigious institutions. Based on the concept of neuroplasticity—the brain’s ability to physically adapt to new stimuli—Lumosity training includes challenging exercises engineered to improve a wide selection of cognitive functions such as working memory and fluid intelligence. By improving these functions, Lumosity can enhance your memory, attention, and more.”
  • Marbles: the Brain Store: “We’re a one-of-a-kind retail store with a smart collection of hand-picked, expert-tested, certifiably fun ways to a healthier brain for all ages.”

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Remember, this is just a sampling of the information available on the internet. We have surfed to each of the sites, but do not necessaraly endorse the statements or ideas presented within. Use your best judgement when interpreting any information or claims made.