Featured Health Topic: Disability
Disease and disability were once considered an inevitable part of aging. But we now know there are a number of things people can do to stave off problems. Choosing exercise and a healthy lifestyle, for example, can reduce risk of heart disease, diabetes, and depression, which may improve your health and maintain function. Health care screenings may detect problems early, so that they can be treated and relieved as soon as possible.
The National Institute on Aging at NIH resources listed here cover a wide variety of topics related to health and aging. These evidence-based recommendations and suggestions may help you stay active and independent as you age.
NIA Information on Disability
Stepchildren may expand pool of caregivers for baby boomers
December 29, 1997
Disability rate among older Americans declines dramatically
March 17, 1997
The Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) Study is the largest clinical trial ever undertaken to prevent mobility disability among older people who are at risk of losing their ability to walk and live indepently in the community. The NIA-funded study is led by the University of Florida's Institute on Aging. Learn more about the LIFE Study »