Health and Aging

Legal and Financial Planning

There's No Place Like Home—Tips for Growing Old from the National Institute on Aging

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Learn how older people can remain independent longer. Get tips on common things people need, products to make life easier, and resources to look for help.

Advance Care Planning

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What is an advance directive? How do I set one up? Learn how to decide what health care you would want to receive if you were unable to speak for yourself.

Legal and Financial Planning for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

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Find out when and how to start making legal and financial plans for someone with Alzheimer's. Advance directive, will, and other terms are defined.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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.

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