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New resource can help people over 50 stay healthy

A new publication—Staying Healthy at 50+—is now available to help older Americans understand and incorporate preventive care into their lives. It is the result of a public-private partnership between the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Health Resources and Service Administration, and AARP.

The information in Staying Healthy at 50+ comes from the research-based recommendations of the newly reconvened AHRQ-supported U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The guide is the latest component of AHRQ's Put Prevention into Practice program. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, first convened in 1984, systematically reviews the evidence of effectiveness of a wide range of clinical preventive services, including screening tests, counseling, and immunizations.

Staying Healthy at 50+ includes tips and recommendations on health habits, screening tests, and immunizations, as well as easy-to-use charts to help track personal health information, questions to ask health care providers, and resources to contact for more information.

Print copies of Staying Healthy at 50+ (AHRQ Publication Nos. 00-0002, English, and 00-0010, Spanish) are available from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse.

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