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The resources contained in this guide relate to alternative and complementary approaches to healthy aging, and are provided solely for information purposes.  They have been carefully categorized and factually described to facilitate your own research, and will lead you to many more resources.   Some key conventional medicine research resources have been included to provide basic information on the process of aging. 

In a day and age when life expectancy continually increases, it is important that the quality and not simply the length of life keep improving. Never before have so many people lived for so long.  In this past century, women have increased their life expectancy by 71%, while men's life expectancy has increased by 66%.   Today there are 35 million Americans age 65 and older, and the fastest growing segment of the population is age 85 years and older.  Accompanying this increase in longevity are a variety of health issues, from wrinkles to memory loss, from increased body fat to decreased hearing and vision.  The aging of the population presents both a challenge and an opportunity for alternative and complementary medicine research to be applied to the development of lifestyle modifications and treatment modalities to maximize longevity.

For additional resources on relevant Alternative and Complementary Resources, see our Resource Guides on:

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NOTEThe following resource listings are not intended to be comprehensive, nor to be used as a guide for treatment. They are provided for information only. The resources are selected and categorized to help you with your own research:



amazonlogo.gif (1557 bytes) Dennis McCullough, MD
My Mother, Your Mother
HarperCollins Publishers, 2008
Based on his own practice, geriatrician, Dennis McCullough advocates careful, anticipatory watchfulness in elder care to improve the quality of elders' extended lifespans - an approach he refers to as "Slow Medicine".

dychtwald.jpg (5482 bytes) Alexa Fleckenstein, MD and Roann Weisman
Healthy to One Hundred: Aging with Vigor and Grace
HCI, 2006
Describes medical treatments from top doctors in the fields of conventional and alternative medicine, plus tips, and checklists from caregivers and patients for effective ways to prevent and treat arthritis pain, complaints related to diabetes, HBP, osteoporosis, Parkinson's disease, stroke, incontinence, respiratory problems and more..

dychtwald.jpg (5482 bytes) Ken Dychtwald
Healthy Aging: Challenges and Solutions
Aspen Publishers, 1999
Presents current research about the future of healthy aging. Offers recommendations on how to prevent a crisis in health care.

chopraab.gif (9851 bytes) Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old
Three Rivers, 1998
Chopra builds an authoritative base using research to show how the healing power of the mind-body connection can retain vitality, creativity, memory, and self-esteem through the aging process. 

Shultz-Aellen.gif (3597 bytes) Marie-Francoise Shultz-Aellen
Aging and Human Longevity
Springer Verlag, 1997
A review of recent data on the phenomenon of aging, that discusses the mechanisms of aging at the cellular level and the consequences of tissue and system aging. Considers medical, psychological, and social interventions, as well as preventative measures

amazonlogo.gif (1557 bytes) Hans J. Kugler
Tripping the Clock: A Practical Guide to Anti-Aging and Rejuvenation
Health Quest Publications, 1993
Well-documented, scientific facts, form this practical guide to anti-aging and rejuvenation. Covers health practices, supernutrition, anti-aging supplementation, drugs, weight loss, youth surgery, body shaping and reversing several aspects of aging, and more.


flaws.jpg (5428 bytes) Andrew Weil, MD
Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being
Anchor, 2007
Weil recommends aging gracefully by accepting the process rather than fighting it, with focus on proper nutrition, moderate exercise, meditation and adequate rest as part of "12-point program for healthy aging.

flaws.jpg (5428 bytes) Bob Flaws
Chinese Secrets of Health and Longevity(Audio Cassete version)
Sounds True, Inc., 2000
The Chinese philosophy "xian xue" - "the science of longevity," illustrates how living longer and having more energy is as easy as moving, breathing, and eating. Flaws discusses how to use "chi" for self-healing, easy relaxation techniques, "chi kung" exercises to gently "unblock" and energize the entire body, and more.

khalsa.jpg (6327 bytes) Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD
Brain Longevity: The Breakthrough Medical Program That Improves Your Mind and Memory
Warner Books, 1999
Contains a four-part program to help people overcome the undesirable effects of normal brain "aging," including nutritional, stress-relieving, pharmacological, and mind-body exercise therapies.

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Age-proof Your Body: Your Complete Guide to Lifelong Vitality
Quill, 1999
As a nutritionist, Somer provides a guide to what science knows and how to use that knowledge to age gracefully and energetically. While the focus in on very specific ways to eat better, there is also good information on exercise and lifestyle choices for the purpose of heading off age-related diseases and dysfunctions.

sears.gif (10565 bytes) Barry Sears, Ph.D.
The Anti-aging Zone
Harper Collins Publishing, 1998
Sears presents a lifestyle plan including diet, meditation, exercise, and intake of supplements and herbs as an educational guide to preventing mental and physical health problems associated with aging.

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The official journal of the Association of Adult Development and Aging (AADA) that focuses on all aspects of adult development and aging, with a focus on implications for counselors and helping professionals.

This journal combines experimental contributions from diverse medical, biological and behavioral disciplines to provide a primary source of high-quality papers covering all aspects of aging. Recent research on the clinical problems of aging and the practical applications of laboratory results is also included to support the fundamental goals of extending active life and enhancing its quality.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
As the official journal of the American Geriatrics Society, this journal includes topics on aging and disease, practical solutions to common health problems, and updates on relevant topics.

Rejuvenation Research
A reference guide to the developments in the field of clinical practice, basic science, economic and practice trends, new products and drug therapies and exercise, to maximally retard the aging process.



Alternative Medicine Review
Tel: (800) 228-1966
This journal reviews scientific research on alternative therapies, including alternative treatments related to the aging process.

Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
Tel: (800) 345-8112
A bimonthly clinical research journal with particular emphasis on mind-body approaches to wellness; has occasional articles on related to the aging process.

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Tel: (914) 740-2100
This clinical research journal is published 10 times a year and has occasional articles related to the aging process.

NOTE: Mainstream journals increasingly include articles on alternative treatments related to the aging process.

MAGAZINES & NEWSLETTERS [non-peer-reviewed]:

Alternative Medicine Magazine
Toll free: (800) 333 HEAL
Provides news on supplements, diet, natural beauty and household products, as well as research on alternative therapies.

Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients (TLDP)
Tel: (360) 385-6021
Fax: (360) 385-0699
Presents clinical information on a wide variety of alternative medicine topics, including articles related to the aging process.

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Center for Healthy Aging Research
Oregon State University
321 Milam Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-5102
Tel: (541) 737-4336
Fax: (541) 737-1076
Center for innovative research, education, and outreach that enhances quality of life for older adults, their families, and society. Center includes the Linus Pauling Institute (see below).

Healthy Aging Research Networks
Health Promotion Research Center
University of Washington
1107 NE 45th Street, Ste. 200
Seattle, WA 98105
Tel: (206) 616-1012
Fax: (206) 543-8841
CDC-funded research centers, with lead center at the University of Washington. Mostly conventional medicine, though with attention to nutrition. A list of all the centers is at:

Kronos Longevity Research Institute (KLRI)
2390 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. 440
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Tel: (866) 840-1117
Fax: (602) 778-7490
A non-profit that conducts clinical translational research--taking promising findings from the basic research laboratory and carrying them forward into the clinical arena--on the prevention of age-related diseases and the extension of healthier human life.

Linus Pauling Institute
Linus Pauling Institute | Oregon State University
571 Weniger Hall | Corvallis, Oregon 97331-6512
Tel: (541) 737-5075
Fax: (541) 737-5077
Conducts research under the auspices of Oregon State University's Center for Healthy Aging Research (above) on the roles of micronutrients, phytochemicals, and antioxidants in promoting optimum health and preventing and treating disease.

National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Building 31, Room 5C27
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 496-1752
The NIA is one of the institutes of the National Institutes of Health and
provides leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people.

National Aging Research Institute Incorporated (NARI)
PO Box 31
Parkville VIC 3052
Phone: +61 3 8387-2305
Fax: +61 3 9387 4030
NARI conducts research on all aspects of the biology of aging, clinical care and health services, and health needs of the aged.

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Administration on Aging (AoA)
330 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20201
Toll Free: (800) 677-1116
Phone:  (202) 619-7501
Fax: (202) 260-1012
The AoA develops and supports comprehensive in-home and community services that create opportunities for active older persons and meet the needs of older persons at risk of losing their independence.  Visit the AoA web site for comprehensive information for older persons and their families, practitioners and other professionals, and researchers and students.

American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
1510 w Montan Street West Fullerton, Suite 111
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (773) 528-1000
Fax: (773) 528-5390

Boca Raton Office:
301 Yamato Rd, Ste. 2199
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (561) 997-0112
Fax: (561) 997-0287
This organization was formed to expand the knowledge of anti-aging medicine to the medical world.  It regularly publishes material about the use of anti-aging nutrients, drugs and other practices that may benefit humankind by slowing, reversing, and eventually stopping the aging process. 

601 E St., NW
Washington, DC 20049
Phone: (888) OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277)
Email: or click on "Contact AARP" from the home page
The AARP is the nation's largest organization of midlife and older persons, and focuses on information and education, community service, legislative, judicial and consumer advocacy, and member services.  This site has information on alternative medicine resources, and insurance coverage and cost-effectiveness of alternative medicine.

National Council on Aging (NCOA)
1901 L street, NW
4th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 479-1200
Fax: (202) 479-0735
TDD: (202) 479-6674
The NCOA is an association of organizations and professionals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well-being, and contributions of older persons. Regional offices are located in California, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia.

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Gordon Research Institute
600 M/ Beeline Hwy, Ste. B
Payson, AZ 85541
Tel: (928) 472-4263
Fax: (928) 474-3819
Garry F. Gordon, MD, DO, MD(H), offers information on numerous topics related to healthy aging and an on-line forum for medical professionals.

National Program on Women and Aging
Heller Graduate School
MS 035
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
Toll Free: (800) 929-1995
Phone: (781) 736-3826 or 3863
Fax: (781) 736-3865
This organization focuses national attention on the special problems of women as they age, develops solutions and strategies for dealing with these problems, and reaches out to women and organizations across the country, promoting the changes necessary to improve older women's problems.

The Resource Directory for Older People
The Resource Directory for Older People is intended to serve a wide audience including older people and their families and others with an interest in the field of aging. The directory contains names, addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers of organizations which provide information and other resources on matters relevant to the needs of older persons. A number of Fact Sheets are available at:

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New York Memory Services

NY Memory Services
65 East 76th Street
New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 517-6881
This center offers a healthy aging program and a holistic anti-aging program, using ancient Indic (Tibetan and Ayurvedic) and behavioral and life-style changes.

Nevada Center of Alternative & Anti-Aging Medicine
1231 Country Club Drive
Carson City, NV 89703
Tel: (775) 884-3990
Fax: (775) 884-2202
Email: via form at:
Directed by a board-certified physician, offers a long list of CAM anti-aging treatments.

The Resource Directory for Older People
The Resource Directory for Older People is intended to serve a wide audience including older people and their families and others with an interest in the field of aging. The directory contains names, addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers of organizations which provide information and other resources on matters relevant to the needs of older persons. A number of Fact Sheets are available at:

Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center
686 Harshaw Road (location)
PO Box 778 (mailing)
Patagonia, AZ 85624
Toll-free: 1 (866) 394 2520
Email: form web page at:
Offers fasting, detoxification, spirituality and holistic health education programs.

Wise and Healthy Aging

Main locations:

1527 4th St., 2nd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394-9871

Adult Day Service Center
1510 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: (310) 452-7802

Wise and Healthy Aging is a nonprofit agency that provides programs, services, information and support for seniors, caregivers, and professionals in the aging field.

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National Institute on Aging (NIA) Information Center
PO Box 8057
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8057
Toll-free: (800) 222-2225
TTY: (800) 222-4225
The NIA is one of the institutes of the National Institutes of Health and provides leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people.

PubMed & CAM on PubMed
Free public access to the National Library of Medicine MEDLINE database of clinical research is available through PubMed and the Related Articles feature.

Searches can be tailored to CAM journals at:
Pattern your search terms after the Sample Searches shown on this site.

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Promotional and commercial sites are not included in this listing unless they provide significant impartial information resources.

Ask Doctor Mau
Information site of Dr. Maoshing Ni offering a natural health search engine and focusing on longevity and Chinese medicine.

Gordon Research Institute
Garry F. Gordon, MD, DO, MD(H), offers information on numerous topics related to healthy aging and an on-line forum for medical professionals.

Medical Articles - Health Topics, Reviews and Counseling Articles
An educational web center to promote interaction between the public and healthcare professionals.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Senior Health
This easy-to-use website features health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health. Use the buttons at the top of each page to make the text bigger, change text color, or hear the text read aloud.

UB Vision Web Directories - Health: Senior Health
Provides links to a range of relevant organizations for healthy aging.

WebMD - Healthy Aging Center
Includes an overview and sections on the latest headlines, resources, top search terms, and nutrition.

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Last Updated: April 21, 2009
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