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Harvard University Health Online Learning: (https://www.harvardhealthonlinelearning.com/learn/dashboard)
A series of indispensable, brilliant, interactive online courses to help you with some of the most important health issues that affect older people. The courses are run by Harvard professors and/or the Harvard medical team and you can interact with them during the course. The courses cost $29 each, but they are worth it! You can pay for them online using your credit card and start the course right away.
Cognitive Fitness Course
This online course will help optimize brain health and cognitive function. Harvard experts bring you all the information you need for understanding how you can stay mentally sharp as you age by following their practical 6-step plan for cognitive fitness. Instructor: Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Associate Dean for Clinical Translational Research at Harvard Medical School.
6-Week Plan For Healthy Eating
An interactive and informative online course from Harvard Medical School with a simple, easy-to-follow plan that will help older people get healthier in just 6 weeks through engaging, interactive slides, downloadable charts and quizzes. Involves such things as learning which meal can help to reduce the risk of high cholesterol and help improve memory. Instructor: Kathy McManus is Director of the Department of Nutrition and Director of the Dietetic Internship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.
Managing your Cholesterol
Harvard doctors take the mystery out of managing cholesterol. Participants will learn the best ways to successfully lower bad cholesterol, decrease elevated triglycerides, and achieve the strengthened and enduring heart health desired. An empowering online course that will add to the understanding of cholesterol’s impact on vascular health and introduce participants to the strategies and tools that can be used to control cholesterol with safety, confidence, and success. Instructor: Jorge Plutzky MD, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.
Knees and Hips
In this online course, Harvard doctors share the most effective strategies to treat—and defeat—23 common hip and knee problems, plus what participants should know about today’s advances in hip and knee replacement. This is online learning at its best. Packed with instructive videos, engaging slide shows, helpful charts, and challenging quizzes, participants will find the smartest steps to resolve pain. Instructor: Dr. Scott D. Martin is an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Martin has been named one of the top 100 doctors by Boston Magazine numerous times and has received the prestigious Golden Apple Teaching Award. He was also awarded the Distinguished Clinician Award by Harvard Medical School.
Improving Your Sleep
This course explains why a good night’s sleep is important to the health and well-being, and shows participants how to achieve it. Instructor: Lawrence Epstein, M.D., .is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is the Assistant Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Service and Program Director for the sleep medicine fellowship program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Epstein is a Past President of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and currently serves as the organization's Director of Clinical Affairs.
The Sensitive Gut
The Harvard Medical team help participants get relief from the pain and discomfort of dozens of digestive problems. Participants get valuable advice from top Harvard experts on the best ways to prevent and relieve GERD and acid reflux, dyspepsia and ulcers, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, and more. Participants will learn about the brain-gut connection and how stress can cause abdominal problems. Each section reviews the various diagnostic tests and treatment options from prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to surgical procedures to self-care options. Instructor: Dr. Lawrence S. Friedman, an Elsevier Author, is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine.
The health experts at Harvard Medical School offer the exclusive Positive Psychology Course that reveals the easy-to-apply tools to help participants enjoy enduring happiness — not just fleeting emotional highs, but a deeper long-term satisfaction and contentment in life. This powerful online course reveals a variety of research-proven techniques and exactly how to put them into practice. Instructor: Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for more than 35 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Mass. You can also join our free Mindfulness Course to reinforce your learning.
Controlling Your Blood Pressure
Participants learn how to halt hypertension, boost cardiovascular fitness, and enjoy better and enduring good health. Instructor: Randall M. Zusman, MD is the Director of the Division of Hypertension at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Consultant in Cardiology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Improving Your Memory
This online course helps demystify the way the brain works and gives participants strategies to boost memory. In Instructor: Dr. Daffner is a graduate of Harvard College and of Harvard Medical School, where he is an associate professor of neurology. He has published extensively on the neurological underpinnings of executive functions, on factors that may contribute to successful cognitive aging, and on the early diagnosis of AD.
Back Pain: Finding solutions for your aching back
This impactful course shares the steps and strategies men and women are using to successfully and permanently overcome and eliminate back pain. Instructor: Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, MS graduated from Princeton University in 1980, attended Yale Medical School, and completed a medical internship and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a Rheumatology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He received a Master’s Degree in 1990 at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Katz is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Harvard University Free Online Courses
Harvard University offers many interesting and fun free online courses. Click on the above link for an overview.
Open University Free Online Courses
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FutureLearn Free Online Courses
Great free online courses offered by some of the world’s top universities - from languages, history, and health to travel and tours.
Worldwide Museums – Virtual Tours and Online Events:
The Natural History Museum: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/virtual-museum.html
British Museum Virtual Tour: https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/rijksmuseum
Uffizi Galleries, Florence: https://www.uffizi.it/en
Picasso Museum, Barcelona: http://courtyard.museupicassobcn.org/
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-gallery-of-art-washington-dc?hl=en
Thyssen-Bornemissa Museum, Madrid: https://static.museothyssen.org/microsites/vv_permanente/index_in.htm?startscene=36&startactions=lookat(162.23,3.5,80,0,0);
Art Masterpieces of the Louvre Virtual Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tHe3E70cwY&feature=youtu.be
Virtual Tours of London Museums: https://www.timeout.com/london/news/you-can-do-virtual-tours-of-almost-every-major-london-museum-and-gallery-032520
Virtual Tours of New York City Museums: https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/take-a-trip-to-your-favorite-nyc-museums-with-these-virtual-tours-031720
Virtual Tours of Museums and Galleries in Spain https://www.timeout.com/madrid/art/museums-and-galleries-in-spain-and-beyond-you-can-visit-from-home
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