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Dine B, Dailey S. to be Retired in August 2017. NLM Tech Bull. 2017 May-Jun;(416):e5.

2017 June 20 [posted]

On August 1, 2017, the Web site will be retired., the first government Web site designed for older adults, was launched in 2003 by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The site provided evidence-based health information to millions of older adults in a format geared to their cognitive and visual needs.

Beginning August 1, 2017, will redirect visitors to the Health and Aging section of NIA Web site. There, visitors will find up-to-date and reliable information on aging research and health and wellness for older adults. Additionally, the NIA Go4Life Web site offers exercises, motivational tips, and free resources to help older adults start and continue exercising. Other sources of information for older adults and their families include the NIHSeniorHealth YouTube Channel, which includes more than 110 videos about various health and wellness information, and the NLM consumer health Web site, MedlinePlus, which offers three topics Exercise for Seniors, Nutrition for Seniors, and Seniors’ Health.

Many of the design approaches first developed on NIHSeniorHealth have become best practices for Internet accessibility. These innovations included text resizing, changing color contrast, text-to-voice, "chunked" content, and the use of plain language. Today, innovations in technology have brought us to a point where digital formats require simplified content and open design, making the pioneering design features of NIHSeniorHealth widely available on Web site at the National Institutes of Health and throughout the Internet.

Thank you for your interest in and support of NIHSeniorHealth over the years and for your continued dedication to helping direct older adults to accurate and trustworthy health information resources.

By Brooke Dine
Public Services Division
Stephanie Dailey
National Institute on Aging

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