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Accessibility Policy

NIA is making every effort to ensure that the information available on our website is accessible to all. If you use special adaptive equipment to access the internet and encounter problems when using our site, please contact us and we will attempt to provide the information to you in a suitable format. Please be  as specific as possible when describing the information you seek.

If you prefer to call, our main number is 800-222-2222 (English & Spanish).

To learn more about the regulations governing the accessibility of federal electronic information products, visit the United States Access Board or the official Section 508 page.

Notice to People with Limited English Proficiency

NIA is committed to providing meaningful access to its programs and activities for people with limited English proficiency (LEP). In accordance with Executive Order 13166, “Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency,” the information translated on the site is free of charge to the public.

Content Inventory and Posting Schedule

The National Institute on Aging, following the guidance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), developed this inventory of content as required by Section 207(f)(2) of the E-Government Act of 2002. For background on this requirement, go to

Categories of Information Disseminated by NIA

  • Column 1 lists the categories of information NIA disseminates.
  • Column 2 indicates the priority NIA assigns to publication of each category.
    • Priority 1: Urgent public health emergency and safety information.
    • Priority 2: Time-sensitive information.
    • Priority 3: Information of interest to a broad spectrum of audiences.
    • Priority 4: Other information.
  • Column 3 indicates the publication schedule for the category.



Publication Target

  • Press information, including press releases, fact sheets, speeches, events, and testimony.


As available, unless otherwise required by law

  • Authoritative health, scientific and consumer information intended for consumers, the professional community, students, researchers, and the media.


As available, unless otherwise required by law

  • General agency information, such as mission and function statements, leadership biographies, visitor information, employment opportunities, staff directories, etc.


As available, unless otherwise required by law

  • Programmatic and administrative information, including descriptive narratives, statistical information, technical assistance materials, best practices, and reports.


As available, unless otherwise required by law

  • Grant and contract policy and funding information related to all programmatic activities.


As available, unless otherwise required by law

  • Research resources such as data banks, gene collections, model organisms, cell registries, and reagent repositories.


As available, unless otherwise required by law

  • Reports to Congress as required by statute.


As required by law

The public may reproduce without permission information from the National Institute of Aging (NIA) website, except for documents that state another copyright policy applies to them. Restrictions on the reproduction of a document may arise if a private party has sponsored it. Information presented on NIA’s website is authored and owned by the Federal government which is in the public domain.

However, using NIA websites, you may encounter documents, illustrations, photographs, or other information resources contributed or licensed by private individuals, companies, or organizations that may be protected by U.S. and foreign copyright laws. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use as defined in the copyright laws requires the written permission of the copyright owners. See Copyrighted Materials section below for further details.

Specific NIA websites containing protected information provide additional notification of conditions associated with its use.

Any information that is reproduced from this site should contain proper acknowledgement of NIA as the originator and NIA’s website ( as the source.

Copyrighted Material

Some information on NIA’s website may be subject to copyright restrictions. This information includes documents, images, or multimedia in which another copyright policy applies to them. This information may include but not limited to:

  • Rights managed images, documents, or multimedia
  • Royalty free images, documents, or multimedia
  • Privately sponsored images, documents, or multimedia
  • Documents, images, or files marked with a copyright symbol
  • Documents, images, or files displaying the phrase, “All Rights Reserved”

Note: United States law does not require a copyright notice, and therefore, not all copyrighted material available on NIA’s website will be necessarily marked in these ways. Therefore it is the responsibility of the person/agency using or copying the information to research whether the information is copyrighted and under what laws the material falls as well as what restrictions for use may be applicable.

If a page is copyrighted, transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use as defined in federal copyright laws may require written permission of the copyright owners.

Information Quality

The NIA adheres to National Institutes of Health standards for information quality, found at Learn about Plain Writing at NIH at

Digital Strategy

You can find the HHS Digital Strategy, including information on governance and data publication processes at

Small Business Point of Contact

If you're a small business interested in contracting at NIH, please start by reading the information provided by our parent Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, at

Open Government

Read the Open Government Plan from the Department of Health and Human Services, our parent Agency, at

No FEAR Act - Notification and Federal Employee Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act

On May 15, 2002, President Bush signed into law the Notification and Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act (Public Law No. 107-174) to increase federal agency accountability for acts of discrimination or reprisal against employees. The No FEAR Act became effective on October 1, 2003.

This act requires that federal agencies post on their public websites certain summary statistical data relating to equal employment opportunity complaints filed against the respective agencies.

Statistical information in accordance with the No FEAR Act relating to the National Institutes of Health equal employment opportunity complaints is available on the NIH/EDI website.

Privacy Policy

Last updated: November 2023

Protecting your privacy is very important to us. We do not collect any personally identifiable information  (PII) about you during your visit to NIA’s websites unless you choose to provide it to us. We do, however, collect some data about your visit to NIA’s websites to help us better understand how the use of these sites and how to make them more helpful. We collect information from visitors who read, browse, and/or download information from our website. NIA never collects information for commercial marketing or any purpose unrelated to NIA's mission and goals. NIA privacy policies align with privacy policies for NIH and HHS. See NIH Privacy Policies and HHS Privacy Policy.


Types of Information Collected

Of the information we learn about you from your visit to NIA’s websites, we store only the following: the domain name from which you access the Internet, the date and time you access our site, and the Internet address of the website from which you direct-linked to our site. This information is used to measure the number of visitors to the various sections of our sites and to help us make our sites more useful to visitors. Unless it is specifically stated otherwise, no additional information will be collected about you.

How NIA Collects Information

NIA uses Google Analytics and Crazy Egg software to collect the information listed in the Types of Information Collected section above. Google Analytics and Crazy Egg collect information automatically. No PII is collected. NIA staff conducts, analyses and reports on the aggregated data from Google Analytics and/or Crazy Egg. The reports are only available to designated NIA staff who require this information to perform their duties. Learn more about Google Analytics and Crazy Egg in the Third-Party Websites and Applications section below.

Information submitted through forms on NIA websites is also collected by NIA. This information is additionally processed by the anti-spam modules Honeypot and reCAPTCHA.

NIA retains this data as long as needed to support the mission of the NIA websites.

When inquiries are e-mailed to us, we store the question and the e-mail address information so that we can respond electronically. Unless otherwise required by statute, we do not identify publicly who sends questions or comments to our Website. We will not obtain information that will allow us to personally identify you when you visit our site, unless you chose to provide such information to us.

How NIA Uses Cookies

The Office of Management and Budget Memo M-10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies (PDF, 103 KB)  allows Federal agencies to use session and persistent cookies.

When you visit any website, its server may generate a piece of text known as a "cookie" to place on your computer. The cookie allows the server to "remember" specific information about your visit while you are connected.

The cookie makes it easier for you to use the dynamic features of webpages. Cookies from NIA webpages only collect information about your browser’s visit to the site; they do not collect personal information about you.

There are two types of cookies, single session (temporary) and multi-session (persistent). Session cookies last only as long as your web browser is open. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears. Persistent cookies are stored on your computer for longer periods.

  • Session Cookies: We use session cookies for technical purposes such as to enable better navigation through our site. These cookies let our server know that you are continuing a visit to our site. The OMB Memo 10-22 Guidance defines our use of session cookies as “Usage Tier 1—Single Session.” The policy says, “This tier encompasses any use of single session web measurement and customization technologies.”
  • Persistent Cookies: We use persistent cookies to enable Google Analytics and Crazy Egg to differentiate between new and returning visitors. Persistent cookies remain on your computer between visits to until they expire. The OMB Memo 10-22 Guidance defines our use of persistent cookies as “Usage Tier 2 – Multi-session without Personally Identifiable Information (PII).” The policy says, “This tier encompasses any use of multi-session web measurement and customization technologies when no PII is collected.”
How to Opt Out or Disable Cookies

To protect your privacy, be sure to close your browser completely after you have finished conducting business with the NIA website. If you are concerned about the potential use of information gathered from your computer by cookies, you can set your browser to prompt you before it accepts a cookie. Most Internet browsers have settings that let you identify and/or reject cookies.

How Personal Information Is Protected

You do not have to give us personal information to visit  NIA’s websites. However, if you choose to receive alerts or e-newsletters, we collect your email address to complete the subscription process.

If you choose to provide us with PII through an e-mail message, request for information, paper or electronic form, questionnaire, customer satisfaction survey, research study, etc., we will maintain the information you provide only as long as needed to respond to your question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication.

NIA’s Privacy Policy is adapted from the NIH Privacy Policy. For further information about the NIH privacy policy, please contact the NIH Senior Official for Privacy at, call (301) 451-3426 or visit

Survey Disclaimer

OMB#: 0925-0648 Exp. Date 05/31/2021 

Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average two minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to: NIH Project Clearance Branch, 6705 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7974, Bethesda, MD 20892-7974, ATTN: PRA (0925-0648).

How NIA uses Third-Party Websites and Applications

As part of the OMB Memo M-10-06, Open Government Directive, the NIA uses a variety of new technologies and social media options to communicate and interact with citizens. These sites and applications include popular social networking and media sites, open source software communities and more. Third Party Websites and Applications (TPWAs) are Web-based technologies that are not exclusively operated or controlled by NIA, such as applications not hosted on a .gov domain or those that are embedded on NIA Web pages. Users of TPWAs often share information with the general public, user community, and/or the third-party operating the website. These actors may use this information in a variety of ways. TPWAs could cause personally identifiable information (PII) to become available or accessible to NIA and the public, regardless of whether the information is explicitly solicited or collected by NIA.

The following list includes some of the TPWAs we use and their purpose. NIA sometimes collects and uses PII made available through third-party websites. However, we do not share PII made available through third-party websites. Your activity on the third-party websites we use is governed by the security and privacy policy of those sites, which we have linked below. You should review the third-party privacy policies before using the sites and ensure that you understand how your information may be used. If you have an account with a third-party website, and choose to follow, like, friend, or comment, certain PII associated with your account may be made available to NIA based on the privacy policy of the third-party website and your privacy settings within that third-party website. Therefore, you should also adjust privacy settings on your account to match your preferences.

For any NIA TPWA that collects PII, the list below also includes details on the information NIA collects and how we will protect your private information.

Third-Party Websites and Applications

Crazy Egg: NIA uses CrazyEgg to obtain information on how visitors are interacting with specific NIA webpages. This allows NIA to evaluate and, if necessary or beneficial, to modify its websites to improve value and usability. The data Crazy Egg collects includes information about as how visitors navigate around a webpage and the most commonly clicked links on a specific webpage. Crazy Egg does not collect PII. Review the Crazy Egg Privacy Policy.

Eventbrite: NIA uses Eventbrite for online event registration. To register for an NIA event using Eventbrite, you may be required to provide PII so that NIA staff may contact you with details pertaining to the event. PII may include your name, email address, telephone number, and job title. NIA staff do not disclose any information about people who register for NIA events. Review the Eventbrite Privacy Policy.

Facebook: NIA uses Facebook to share consumer health information with the public. If you have a Facebook account and "like" the NIA page, you can post comments on posts or click on the "like" option for individual entries. If you comment or click on the "like" button, personally identifying information will be visible to the NIA staff and other Facebook site visitors. The amount of visible personal information will depend on your own Facebook privacy settings. You can avoid sharing any PII by not creating an account, not posting comments, not sharing posts, and not clicking on the "like" options in Facebook, etc. NIA does not collect, use or disclose any information about visitors who comment or "like" these pages. Facebook collects and reports on non-personally identifiable information about activities on Facebook pages. However, as a practice, our comments moderation policy requires the removal of any comments that contain spam or are improper, inflammatory, or offensive. All posts or comments from the public will be saved as part of our records retention policy. It is saved on a password-protected, encrypted drive accessible to NIA staff and contractors who require this information to perform their duties. Review the Facebook Privacy Policy.

GitHub: NIA uses GitHub to share scientific resources and tools. Using scientific resources hosted on GitHub does not require registration or PII. Review the GitHub Privacy Policy.

Google: NIA uses Google services such as Analytics and reCAPTCHA. Google Analytics information is used to measure the number of visitors to our site and its various sections and to distinguish between new and returning visitors to help make our site more useful to visitors. reCAPTCHA is used to protect NIA’s web forms from malicious activity. We do not collect your PII through these services. Review the Google Privacy Policy.

LinkedIn: NIA uses a LinkedIn company page to engage with current and past grantees, employees, and members of the public. In order to follow the company page on LinkedIn, you must register for a LinkedIn account and provide your first and last name and e-mail address. Upon confirmation of your email address, you may choose to provide LinkedIn with information regarding your employment, country, zip code, job title, etc. The amount of visible personal information will depend on your LinkedIn user privacy settings. You can completely avoid displaying any PII by not creating a LinkedIn account, not joining NIA LinkedIn company page, or not interacting with NIA LinkedIn company page in any way (i.e., following the page, private messaging, commenting on page posts, etc.). Although NIA staff managing the LinkedIn company page may view the information you provide when you submit a request to join NIH LinkedIn groups, NIH staff does not collect, use, or disclose any of this information. Review the LinkedIn Privacy Policy

MailChimp: NIA uses MailChimp to send email communications to people who voluntarily sign up to receive them. To subscribe, you must provide an email address and indicate which subscriptions you'd like to receive. MailChimp provides NIA with non-identifying, aggregate usage statistics about the number of emails sent, received, and opened, and links within emails clicked. MailChimp password-protects the subscriber lists and aggregate usage statistics, and only designated NIA staff and contractors who manage email communications via MailChimp have access to the information. MailChimp never allows access to the subscriber lists to anyone outside of NIA for any purposes. Review the MailChimp Privacy Policy.

Pagefreezer: NIA uses Pagefreezer archiving software to capture and archive content from the website and five topical websites. This software does not collect PII from the public. Review the Pagefreezer Privacy Policy.

Siteimprove: NIA uses Siteimprove to crawl our websites and report back on broken links, misspellings, accessibility, analytics, etc. This software does not collect personally identifiable information (PII) from the public. Review the Siteimprove Privacy Policy.

X: NIA uses X (formerly known as Twitter) to send short messages to share information about NIA with you and respond to your comments and inquiries sent via Twitter to NIA. If you want to read tweets you must create an account at To create an account, you must provide some personal information, such as your name, user name, password, and email address. You have the option to provide additional personal information including a short biography, location or a picture. Most information you provide for a Twitter account is available to the public, but you can modify how much of your information is visible by changing your privacy settings at the website. NIA staff members monitor the number of subscribers and respond to comments and queries via the platform, but the staff never takes possession of the personal information belonging to you as a  follower. However, as a practice, comment moderator policy requires the removal from the NIA X pages of any comments that contain spam or are improper, inflammatory, or offensive. The information is then saved on a password-protected shared drive accessible to NIA Managers, System Owners, Communications Staff, Web Teams, and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties. Review the Twitter Privacy Policy.

YouTube: NIA posts videos on YouTube to make them available to the public. You do not need to register with either YouTube or Google (YouTube Owner) to watch NIA YouTube videos. When you watch videos, YouTube may record non-PII about site usage, such as channels used, videos watched, and data transfer details to improve its services. If you log on to the YouTube site before watching NIA videos, YouTube may associate information about your site usage with your YouTube account. If you log onto YouTube and comment on an NIA video, any personal information you included on your YouTube profile page will be visible to visitors who click on the comment field. If you do not log in before watching NIA videos posted on YouTube, you cannot comment on NIA videos and your site usage will not be associated with you or a YouTube account. Review the YouTube Privacy Policy.

NIA/NIH conducts and publishes a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for each use of a third-party Website as they may have a different functionality or practice. To learn more, visit the published PIAs at

For more information on the uses of social and new media for which the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has negotiated a federally-friendly Terms of Service Agreement, visit the HHS Center for New Media.


Questions about NIA/NIH privacy policies should be sent to the NIH Privacy Act Officer.


This website is part of a Federal computer system used to accomplish Federal functions. Computer software programs as well as other methods are used to monitor network traffic on this website for security purposes. By accessing this website, you are expressly consenting to these monitoring activities.

Unauthorized attempts to defeat or circumvent security features; to use the system for other than intended purposes; to deny service to authorized users; to access, obtain, alter, damage, or destroy information; or to otherwise interfere with the system or its operation are strictly prohibited. Evidence of such acts may be disclosed to law enforcement authorities and may result in criminal prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996, as codified at Section 1030 of Title 18 of the United States Code, or other applicable criminal laws.

Open Data

The HHS website,, makes health data available to entrepreneurs, researchers, and policy makers in the hopes of better outcomes for all.

Vulnerability Disclosure Policy

HHS is committed to ensuring the security of the American public by protecting their information from unwarranted disclosure. This policy is intended to give security researchers clear guidelines for conducting vulnerability discovery activities and to convey how to submit discovered vulnerabilities to HHS. This policy describes what systems and types of research are covered under this policy, how to send vulnerability reports, and how long HHS asks security researchers to wait before publicly disclosing vulnerabilities. Read the HHS Vulnerability Disclosure Policy.

Linking Policy

We encourage individuals and organizations to link to the NIA website ( and other websites managed by NIA, including ( and the NIH Intramural Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias ( The source can be cited based on the following examples:  

  • Source: National Institute on Aging (, part of the National Institutes of Health 
  • Source: (, managed by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health

External Links  

NIA-managed websites may link to other websites, including federal agencies as well as non-federal websites that have useful information or resources.  

Exit Disclaimer Policy

The NIA website includes links to information created and maintained by other organizations for our users' information and convenience. When users select a link to an outside website, they are leaving the NIA site. 

  • Links to nonfederal government websites will include a small icon behind the hyperlinked text or URL to indicate that the link leads to another site.  
  • NIA links to external websites to supplement the information found on the NIA website. While NIA uses strict criteria to evaluate links, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of information on an external website. 
  • Linking to an external website does not indicate an endorsement by NIA of the views expressed or the products/services offered. 
  • Users will be subject to the external website’s privacy policy when they exit the NIA website. 
  • NIA does not guarantee that outside websites comply with Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.

Evaluation Criteria for External Links 

NIA evaluates links using the following criteria as a guide: 

Website Content 

  • The organization provides accurate, science-based information that is written/reviewed by subject matter experts. The information complements or enhances the information available from NIA.  
  • The source of the content is trustworthy and transparent. 
  • The information provided is easy to understand, easy to navigate, and well organized. 
  • The website has original content. NIA will not link to pages that were reproduced from other websites. 
  • Information is current. In most cases, this means that a last updated or last reviewed date is included. 

Website Advertising 

  • The website does not sell or promote a product, service, or belief. NIA may link to companies that are recognized by the NIA Small Business Program. In addition, NIA may occasionally link to a website with advertising that provides high-quality, impartial information that is not available elsewhere. In these cases, the advertising must not suggest commercial influence on the content, and advertisers or sponsors must not play a role in selecting or editing health information. 
  • The content or visuals do not suggest or imply that NIA endorses the products or services. 

Website Availability and Maintenance 

  • The website is consistently available and website services are delivered over a secure connection using hypertext transfer protocol secure (HTTPS). 
  • The website includes contact information for customer support or staff who maintain the website. 
  • Links are properly maintained. 

User Privacy 

  • If a linked website collects personal information using email, forms, or surveys, it must clearly display a privacy policy that explains how information collected from users remains private and confidential. 


In addition to the criteria for websites listed above, we use the following guidelines when considering video links and/or requests to embed a video: 

  • Videos are in a format that is playable on most desktop and mobile devices. 
  • Videos do not auto-play when a webpage is opened. 
  • Videos do not have flashing lights or strobe effects. 
  • Videos must include closed captioning or transcripts, and on-screen text or graphics should not overlap with captioning. Autogenerated captions must be reviewed for accuracy. 
  • Videos must be produced and hosted by NIA, organizations that receive NIA funding, NIH, or other federal government agencies.

Review of Links 

  • NIA reviews links on an ongoing basis. If you encounter a link that is no longer operational, please use the NIA Contact Us form to notify us.

Comments Policy

We encourage and welcome your comments on certain pages of the NIA's website, and on our social media sites, including Facebook. In accordance with the Federal government's social media comment policies, NIA, part of the National Institutes of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has instituted the following policy in an effort to maintain respectful interaction:

All viewpoints are welcome, but comments should remain relevant to NIA and information associated with the page in question.

Guidelines for Posted Comments

All comments will be reviewed before being posted to ensure that they adhere to the guidelines below. Comments will be deleted if they contain:

  • Commercial endorsements, spam, advertising, or promoting of products/services. This includes repeated posts of identical or very similar content in a counter-productive manner.
  • Personal attacks.
  • Partisan political views.
  • Discriminatory, racist, offensive, obscene, inflammatory, unlawful, or otherwise objectionable statements, language, or content.
  • Deliberately false or misleading information.
  • Unfair/unsubstantiated partisan political views.
  • Personally identifiable information. This refers to information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual's identity, either alone or when combined with other personal or identifying information that is linked or linkable to a specific individual. To protect your privacy, please do not share personal information, such as your address, email, or telephone number, or health status in the text of your comment. The NIA follows the privacy guidelines of the U.S. Government.

Records of posts and comments will be kept.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in user comments reflect those of the author and do not reflect the official views of the National Institute on Aging, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, or other parts of the Federal government.

Linking to a non-federal site does not constitute an endorsement by NIA, NIH, HHS, or any of its employees.

Do not submit copyrighted or other proprietary material in any form unless you clearly indicate that you have permission to do so. By posting your comments or other work, you grant NIA and anyone viewing the NIA website permission to copy, distribute, make derivatives, display or perform the commenter's work publicly and free-of-charge.

Your comments are welcome at any time. Comments will be reviewed/posted on weekdays except for Federal holidays.

If you want to post a comment to the NIA blog, Inside NIA, please provide your name (or nickname) and e-mail address. We will only publish your name – not your email address – along with your comment. We ask for your e-mail address so that we can contact you if necessary. E-mail addresses included in the text of the comment will be deleted.


If you are a reporter, please send questions to the NIA Office of Communications and Public Liaison through standard channels rather than by submitting questions as comments.

Contact Us

If you have questions about this comment policy or the privacy policy, please contact us.

As is the case for all U.S. federal government logos, Department of Health and Human Services logos are protected by law from unauthorized use. The NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison maintains the policy for use of NIH logos, including the NIA logo. 

Use of NIH logos can suggest or appear as an endorsement and may unintentionally imply direct NIH involvement. The NIH and NIA logos are for government use only and not for the use of the private sector, regardless of whether a grant recipient, vendor, or contractor is a not-for-profit entity. 

NIH logo guidance prohibits: 

  • Use of NIH/NIA logos by outside groups without, in exceedingly rare circumstances, express written permission
  • Use of the NIH/NIA name or logo in a social media handle
  • Creation of new logos for any purpose including new programs, labs, or offices 
  • Creation of “swag” (e.g., lab coats, shirts, hoodies, pens) imprinted with logos 

NIA-funded researchers and institutions must still credit NIA on their websites or other materials in text, e.g., “This research was supported by grant #### from the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health.” 

For questions about this policy, please contact

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