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Prevention

  • Can We Prevent Aging?
    Find out the truth behind antioxidants, calorie restriction, hormones, and supplements. Discover ways to support healthy aging and prevent or delay the onset of age-related disease and decline.
  • Depression
    Depression is not a normal part of aging, though many older adults feel depressed. Learn about the causes and signs of depression and how to fight it.
  • Diabetes In Older People—A Disease You Can Manage
    Learn about diabetes diagnosis and how to tell if you have diabetes, steps to take if you have pre-diabetes, and tips to control blood glucose levels.
  • Flu—Get the Shot
    Learn all about flu—how it spreads, symptoms and treatment, the difference between cold and flu, and the importance of getting a flu shot.
  • HIV, AIDS, and Older People
    Find out about HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS in older adults. Learn how people get AIDS, if there is a cure, and what are the symptoms.
  • Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease: What Do We Know?
    Although Alzheimer's disease currently has no cure, recent research results point toward a day when it might be possible to delay, slow down, or even prevent this devastating brain disorder. This 24-page booklet describes the latest NIA-funded research about prevention of Alzheimer's disease and age-related cognitive decline, from physical exercise and diet to social engagement and cognitive training. Also included are tips for staying healthy as you grow older.
  • Shots For Safety
    Read about shots for shingles, pneumonia, flu (influenza), tetanus, diphtheria, MMR, and other diseases. Learn how these vaccines can keep you well.
  • Skin Care and Aging
    Learn to care for your aging skin, including dry skin, and lower your risk for skin cancer—basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.