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  • 2013-2014 Alzheimer's Disease Progress Report: Insights and Challenges 2013-2014 Alzheimer's Disease Progress Report: Insights and Challenges
    A summary of Alzheimer's disease research, infrastructure, and funding supported by the NIH.
  • Aging Hearts and Arteries: A Scientific Quest
    Older adults are at a higher risk for heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. Get in-depth information about the effects of aging on the heart, blood vessels, and other parts of the body.
  • Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet
    Get the facts about Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia in older adults. Learn about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment & caregiving.
  • Biology of Aging
    Learn from NIA’s research on the basic biology of aging. Read about the relationship between aging and genetics, metabolism, and the immune system, as well as directions for future study.
  • Clinical Trials and Older People
    Do you want to be a clinical trials research volunteer? Read about the benefits and risk, and words like placebo, informed consent, and control group.
  • Finding Your Way—Resources for Early Career Researchers
    Get current information about NIA and other federal funding as well as training opportunities for new investigators. Programs listed support predoc­toral and postdoctoral fellows and clinically trained individuals interested in aging, age-related diseases, and the special needs of older people.
  • Participating in Alzheimer's Research: For Yourself and Future Generations
    Help yourself and future generations by participating in Alzheimer’s disease clinical research. Learn what’s involved, questions to ask, and more.
  • 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.
  • The Dementias: Hope Through Research
    Get an overview of dementia, including its many types, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and research in this publication from NIH.
  • Understanding Risk: What Do Those Headlines Really Mean?
    Find out what risk means when it's part of a news report about your health.  Learn how to understand research results that might be important to you and your health.