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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 diagnosis and how to tell if you have diabetes, steps to take if you have pre-diabetes, and tips to control blood glucose levels.
  • 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
    Find out about HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS in older adults. Learn how people get AIDS, if there is a cure, and what are the symptoms.
  • 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
    Read about shots for shingles, pneumonia, flu (influenza), tetanus, diphtheria, MMR, and other diseases. Learn how these vaccines can keep you well.
  • Skin Care and Aging
    Learn to care for your aging skin, including dry skin, and lower your risk for skin cancer—basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.