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Risk

  • Alcohol Use In Older People
    Alcohol’s effects on the body can change with age. Read about common health issues associated with drinking, concerns about alcohol and medicines, how much is too much, and ways to get help for a drinking problem.
  • Considering Surgery?
    Here are some questions to ask and tips for choosing a surgeon or getting a second opinion. Also includes information about outpatient surgery, planning, paying for surgery, and what to bring with you.
  • Crime and Older People
    Be informed about your personal safety and the risks of crime. Get tips about avoiding crime at home and elsewhere, fighting fraud, and preventing identity theft. Find advice on what to do about elder abuse and how to stay safe as you age.
  • 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.
  • Understanding Risk: What Do Those Headlines Really Mean?
    Find out what risk means when it's part of a news report about your health.  Learn how to understand research results that might be important to you and your health.