About NIA

NACA Meeting: February 25-26, 2014

General Information/Staff Awards

Dr. Susan Resnick, Chief of the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience and the Brain Aging and Behavior Section was one of six distinguished recipients to be awarded an honorary Doctorate of King’s College London at the College’s 2013 Honorary Degree Ceremony, held on 12 November in the Chapel at King’s Strand Campus. The Chairman of Council, the Marquess of Douro, and the Principal, Professor Sir Richard Trainor, conferred honorary doctorates of King’s College London on six recipients who have made outstanding contributions to their field, representing a broad range of international distinction.

Publications & Online Resources

Subjective Well-Being: Measuring Happiness, Suffering, and Other Dimensions of Experience. Report of the Panel on Measuring Subjective Well-Being in a Policy-Relevant Framework, Arthur A. Stone and Christopher Mackie, Editors. NRC December 2013.

Research on subjective well-being, which refers to how people experience and evaluate their lives and specific domains and activities in their lives, has been ongoing for decades, providing new information about the human condition. During the past decade, interest in the topic among policy makers, national statistical offices, academic researchers, the media, and the public has increased markedly because of its potential for shedding light on the economic, social, and health conditions of populations and for informing policy decisions across these domains.
The National Institute on Aging and the UK Economic and Social Research Council asked the NRC’s Committee on National Statistics to review the current state of research and evaluate methods for the measurement of subjective well-being in population surveys.

Rebok, GW., Ball, K., Guey, L. T., Jones, R. N., Kim, H-Y, King, J. W. and others for the ACTIVE Study Group. (2014) “Ten-year effects of the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly cognitive training trial on cognition and everyday functioning in older adults” JAGS, 2014 Jan 13 [epub ahead of print]

The following new publications, online resources, and other products were developed, updated, or reprinted:

AgePages (English):

  • Concerned About Constipation? (updated and reprinted)
  • Depression (updated and reprinted)
  • Flu—Get the Shot (updated and reprinted)
  • High Blood Pressure (updated and reprinted)
  • Hospital Hints (updated and reprinted)
  • Medicines: Use Them Safely (updated and reprinted)
  • Sexuality in Later Life (updated and reprinted)
  • Stroke (updated and reprinted)

AgePages (Spanish):

  • Consejos para cuando debe ir al hospital (Hospital Hints) (new)
  • El duelo por la muerte de un cónyuge (Mourning the Death of a Spouse) (new)
  • La fatiga: más que estar cansado (Fatigue: More Than Being Tired) (new)
  • Ponga sus asuntos en orden (Getting Your Affairs in Order) (new)
  • Suplementos Dietéticos (Dietary Supplements) (new)

Booklets:

  • Lewy Body Dementia: Information for Patients, Families, and Professionals (new; co-branded with National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS))
  • The Dementias: Hope Through Research (new; co-branded with NINDS)
  • Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease (updated and reprinted)
  • What’s On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging (updated and reprinted)
  • Workout to Go: A Sample Exercise Routine from the National Institute on Aging at NIH (updated and reprinted)

Tip Sheets and Fact Sheets:

  • Finding Your Way—Resources for Early Career Researchers (updated and reprinted)
  • Legal and Financial Planning for People with Alzheimer’s Disease (updated and reprinted)
  • NIA Research Program Contacts (updated and reprinted)

NIHSeniorHealth website (http://nihseniorhealth.gov/)

  • New topic added -- Knee Replacement
  • Topic revised/updated – Complementary Health Approaches

E-newsletters:

  • Spotlight on Aging Research: News & Notes from the National Institute on Aging at NIH—September 2013
  • Connections Newsletter – Fall 2013
  • LINKS Minority & Training—Winter 2014

InsideNIA blog (http://www.nia.nih.gov/research/blog):

  • Weekly posts from NIA staff on wide variety of topics

Online Report:

  • 2012-2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: Seeking the Earliest Interventions

Social Media

  • Live tweeted for Geroscience Summit meeting
  • Participated in National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Twitter chat about Alzheimer’s disease

New videos added to NIA’s YouTube channel:

  • 2013 Butler-Williams Scholars
  • Welcome to the Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report 2013-2013
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias: Research Challenges
  • Biomarkers and Alzheimer’s Disease: Dr. Neil Buckholtz
  • Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trials: Dr. Laurie Ryan
  • The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA)
  • Advances in Neuroscience: Impact on Healthspan and Chronic Disease

(For more information about NIA’s publications, social media, and online resources, contact Vicky Cahan, Director, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752.)

Media & Outreach

NIA posted and distributed the following press releases:

(For more information about NIA’s media activities, contact Vicky Cahan, Director, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752.)

Meetings & Exhibits

  • African American Network Against Alzheimer’s meeting (materials sent)
  • US Senator Ben Cardin’s Senior Health Fair (materials sent)
  • Caregiver Day at the NIH Clinical Center (staffed and materials sent)
  • Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting (staffed and materials sent)
  • In November, Dr. Richard Hodes and NIA staff met with Professor Jacke Kuznicki, Director, International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Poland. Dr. Kuznicki has served at NIH and been the central person for the NGO-organized cooperation on aging.
  • In September, the Alliance for Aging Research awarded Dr. Richard Hodes the ‘Indispensable Person of the Year Award’ for his leadership with implementation of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, as well his support for the creation of an interest group made up of 20 institutes and centers to coordinate discussion and action on age-related research topics across the NIH.

(For more information about NIA’s conferences or exhibits, contact Vicky Cahan, Director, OCPL, Ph. 301-496-1752. For more information about NIA’s professional meetings, contact Kathie Reed Ph. 301-451-8835.)

Awards

  • Go4Life E-Cards received a Bronze Award from the National Mature Media Awards

(For more information about NIA’s awards, contact Vicky Cahan, Director, OCPL, Ph. 301-496-1752.)