Getting older can come with a variety of health challenges. But you can take action to maintain good health and reduce your risk of disease and disability. Exercise, good nutrition, regular health screenings, getting vaccines, having enough sleep, and participating in activities you enjoy are just a few ways to promote healthy aging. The National Institute on Aging at NIH has information about these topics and more.
The resources listed here are based on evidence from scientific research. From looking deep within cells at what causes aging to testing the effects of healthy behaviors or other approaches, we have revealed some secrets to aging well. While the chances of discovering one magic pill or potion to fight off all the effects of aging may be slim, scientists believe that today’s research will lead to tomorrow’s interventions for a longer, healthier life.
The NIA supports the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA), America's longest-running scientific study of human aging, begun in 1958. BLSA scientists are learning what happens as people age and how to sort out changes due to aging from those due to disease or other causes. Learn more about the BLSA »