Health and Aging

News of Note

  • Advice for older people on staying safe in hot weather
    July 11, 2013
    Summer often brings excessive heat, which can lead to heat-related problems caused by hyperthermia, an abnormally high body temperature. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and are at...
  • Tip sheets for Alzheimer’s caregivers now available as e-books
    June 27, 2013
    Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be a tough job with many demands and challenges. To help, the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center offers more than 25 tip sheets—many now available for mobile...
  • Estrogen therapy has no long-term effect on cognition in younger postmenopausal women
    June 24, 2013
    A randomized clinical trial of estrogen therapy in younger postmenopausal women, aged 50–55, has found no long-term risk or benefit to cognitive function. The National Institutes of Health-supported study, reported in JAMA Internal Medicine on...
  • NIA partners with PCORI to develop falls prevention study
    June 17, 2013
    The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) June 13 announced the formation with NIA of the “Falls Injuries Prevention Partnership,” to fund and conduct a major intervention study aimed at preventing injuries from falls in...
  • HHS releases 2013 Alzheimer’s disease plan update
    June 14, 2013
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2013 Update, a follow-up to the initial plan released in May 2012. The update reflects our national progress towards accomplishing...
  • NIA supports studies of health needs of LGBT community
    May 29, 2013
    As the American population ages, the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals ages 65 and older is also increasing. However, we know surprisingly little about unique health issues and needs that may pertain to this group...
  • At the intersection of arts and aging
    May 29, 2013
    Singing. Dancing. Painting. Acting. Playing a musical instrument. Creative writing. Many people enjoy some kind of arts activity. Whether it’s singing in a church choir, attending the performance of a play, visiting an art museum, or tap...
  • Go4Life Update
    May 29, 2013
    Go4Life® en español Go4Life, NIA’s national exercise and physical activity campaign encourages Americans 50 and older to fit exercise and physical activity into daily life. Go4Life offers exercises, motivational tips, safety...
  • Medicaid study links insurance to reduced depression and financial strain, but no increase in health
    May 10, 2013
    An analysis of 2 years of data from the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment showed that Medicaid coverage reduced rates of depression and overall financial strain on participating individuals, but did not yield improvements in overall health status....
  • NIH-supported study finds U.S. dementia care costs as high as $215 billion in 2010
    April 4, 2013
    The costs of caring for people with dementia in the United States in 2010 were between $159 billion to $215 billion, and those costs could rise dramatically with the increase in the numbers of older people in coming decades, according to estimates...

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