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Longevity

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Global Health and Aging
    This 32-page report from the National Institute on Aging and the World Health Organization looks at global trends in aging and health, with an emphasis on trends in aging, disability, and family structure and what they may indicate for the future.
  • SAGE publication cover shot Shades of Gray: A Cross-Country Study of Health and Well-Being of the Older Populations in SAGE Countries, 2007-2010
    This U.S. Census Bureau report based on data from the Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE) examines health status and access to health care among older populations in six low- to middle-income countries—China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russia, and South Africa.
  • Why Population Aging Matters: A Global Perspective
    Why Population Aging Matters: A Global Perspective (PDF, 1.44MB) provides a succinct description of population trends that are transforming the world in fundamental ways. This report, using data from the United Nations, U.S. Census Bureau, and Statistical Office of the European Communities, as well as regional surveys, identifies nine emerging trends in global aging. These trends present a snapshot of challenges and opportunities that will stimulate a cross-national scientific and policy dialogue.
  • Workout to Go: A Sample Exercise Routine from the National Institute on Aging at NIH
    Find sample workout exercises to keep up your physical activities and to help with strength, balance, and flexibility as you get older. A handy guide that includes step-by-step instructions and photos, to use at home or on the go.