Health and Aging

Legal and Financial Planning

Now What? Next Steps After a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease


Have you been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia? Find information about health care, home safety, work, exercise, and more. Get the help you need.

Growing Older in America: The Health and Retirement Study


Read about the NIA-sponsored Health and Retirement Study, which collects data on the combined health and economic conditions of older Americans. Explore questions from the Study and get a snapshot of findings based on the Study.

Organ Donation and Transplantation


Find how to be an organ donor or receive transplants as an older adult, as well as government & other resources on organ donation and transplantation.

Ponga sus asuntos en orden


Benjamín ha estado casado durante 47 años. Siempre ha manejado el dinero de su familia. Pero desde el derrame cerebral, Benjamín no puede caminar ni hablar. Su esposa, Shirley, se siente abrumada. Por supuesto, le preocupa la salud de Benjamín. Pero más allá de esto, ella no tiene idea sobre qué facturas deben ser abonadas o cuándo se deben pagar.

Medicaid study links insurance to reduced depression and financial strain, but no increase in health

An analysis of 2 years of data from the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment showed that Medicaid coverage reduced rates of depression and overall financial strain on participating individuals, but did not yield improvements in overall health status. Results of the study, funded in part by NIA, appear in the March 2, 2012, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

NIH partners with new public TV project

The National Institutes of Health is a partner in the new Next Avenue, a national public media project launched May 14, 2012, by PBS, focused on the growing 50+ population. NIH is collaborating with Next Avenue to share health information with this older audience, and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) is coordinating NIH’s participation in this effort.

Advance Care Planning


Get your advance directive papers in order. Read about having a health care proxy and living will to plan for medical, palliative, and hospice care. 

Oregon health insurance lottery shows access to insurance increases health care use; improves well-being, decreases financial strain

The first results of the 2008 Oregon health insurance lottery study, supported in part by the NIA, indicate that people enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program reported improved health and well-being, as well as reduced financial strain. They also saw an increase in use of primary and preventive care as well as hospitalizations. Program expenditures rose as a result of the rise in utilization. The study results were reported in a National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working Paper, in a collaboration between NBER researchers and the state of Oregon.

Planning Ahead—Health, Legal, and Financial Issues


After an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, try to prepare advance directives as soon as possible. Watch for signs of fraud and money problems, too.

Alzheimer's Disease and Managing Finances


Over time, people with Alzheimer’s disease lose their capacity to perform the financial tasks of daily living and to manage their financial affairs. In fact, this may be the first noticeable sign of the disease and an early indication that a person is losing the ability to live independently.

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