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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
    Signs of depression can vary more in older adults, which means depression often can be missed or go untreated. Read about what causes depression, what to look for, how to get help, current treatments, and ways to prevent depression.
  • Diabetes In Older People—A Disease You Can Manage
    Learn about diabetes in older adults, including what it is, the different types, early signs and symptoms, and diagnosis. Get tips to manage diabetes and resources to help.
  • Flu—Get the Shot
    Read about the basics of the flu, how it spreads, prevention, and treatment. Find out the differences between the flu and a cold, and learn about getting a flu shot.
  • HIV, AIDS, and Older People
    Learn about the symptoms of HIV and AIDS; how people become infected; and how older adults, women, and people of color are affected. Also find out how to get tested and get information about treatment and prevention.
  • 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
    Find out about shots that can help keep you from getting sick. Includes information on the flu; pneumococcal disease; tetanus and diphtheria; shingles; and measles, mumps, and rubella.
  • Skin Care and Aging
    Get tips for common skin care problems related to aging—such as dry or itchy skin, wrinkles, and skin tags—and ways to keep your skin healthy.