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Training Materials for Professionals

  • 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.
  • Acute Hospitalization and Alzheimer's Disease: A Special Kind of Care
    This fact sheet for healthcare professionals working with Alzheimer's disease patients offers tips on communication, personal care techniques, handling difficult behaviors, and patient safety and comfort.
  • 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: Unraveling the Mystery
    An essential primer on Alzheimer’s disease, this 80-page publication describes how the brain works and how it changes with age in healthy people and people with Alzheimer’s. Research on causes, diagnosis, prevention, potential treatments, and caregiver support is summarized. Look for full-color illustrations, a glossary, and a list of resources.
  • 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.
  • Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease
    Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging This comprehensive, 104-page handbook offers easy-to-understand information and advice for at-home caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. It addresses all aspects of care, from bathing and eating to visiting the doctor and getting respite care.
  • Clinical Trials and Older People
    To test new treatments for many diseases, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are needed – including older people. Learn what clinical trials are and how you can take part in the latest research on aging. Read about the benefits of participating in clinical trials and questions to ask before volunteering.
  • End of Life: Helping With Comfort and Care
    This 68-page guide discusses key issues at the end of life. Topics include finding hospice care, what happens at the time of death, managing grief, and preparing advance directives along with resources for more information.
  • Frontotemporal Disorders: Information for Patients, Families, and Caregivers
    Learn about frontotemporal disorders, which lead to dementias that affect personality, behavior, language, and movement. NIA's consumer-friendly guide explains the disorders and their causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, with helpful advice for caregivers.
  • Healthy Aging: Lessons from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging
    Based on findings from the first 50 years of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging and other NIA research, this 28-page booklet addresses how aging research has changed over time and shares some of what has been learned about aging well.