Health and Aging

News of Note

  • Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Hazard
    February 2, 2017
    With shorter days and dropping temperatures, it is important to keep in mind that older adults are particularly vulnerable to the health risks that can come with cold weather. Hypothermia—a dangerous drop in core body temperature—can...
  • HHS takes steps to provide more information about clinical trials to the public
    September 20, 2016
    On Sept. 16, 2016, in an effort to make information about clinical trials widely available to the public, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule specifying requirements for registering and reporting summary...
  • Advice for older people on staying safe in hot weather
    July 11, 2016
    Summer is here and it’s blazing hot! It is important to be aware of the health risks that higher temperatures can bring. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-...
  • High blood pressure is linked to cognitive decline
    June 16, 2016
    Studies explore treatments, prevention There’s a saying, “What’s good for your heart is good for your brain.” Evidence supports preventing or controlling cardiovascular conditions such as high blood pressure to protect...
  • Age-related cognitive decline: Women are more resilient than men
    April 28, 2016
    Previous research has shown that aging affects cognitive ability, and that subtle sex differences in cognition exist across the lifespan. A recent observational study by Dr. Anna C. McCarrey and colleagues in NIA’s Intramural Research Program...
  • Hypothermia and older adults
    January 25, 2016
    The cold truth about hypothermia is that Americans aged 65 years and older face this danger every winter. Older adults are especially vulnerable to hypothermia because their body's response to cold can be diminished by underlying medical...
  • White House Conference on Aging showcases physical activity through Go4Life Month
    July 13, 2015
    In collaboration with the White House Conference on Aging, Go4Life, the national exercise and physical activity campaign for people 50+ from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is bringing together more...
  • Advice for older people on staying safe in hot weather
    July 7, 2015
    Summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults and people with chronic medical conditions. It is critically important that adults particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-related illnesses know how to safeguard against...
  • Health professionals: Find Alzheimer’s and dementia resources
    March 31, 2015
    Do you work with patients or clients with cognitive impairment? Visit our new online portal for free clinical practice tools, training materials, and other resources for physicians, nurses, social workers, and other professionals. You’ll find...
  • Physical activity associated with fewer aging brain-related movement problems
    March 16, 2015
    Age-related brain lesions known as white matter hyperintensities (WMH) have been linked to movement problems and disabilities in late life. A recent study suggests that physically active older people may have fewer movement problems caused by WMH....



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