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News of Note

  • 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....
  • NIH-commissioned report highlights disability among older population
    December 10, 2014
    Almost 16 million Americans aged 65 and older report having at least one disability, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau (PDF, 1.5M), commissioned and funded by the NIA. This is the first Census report on disabilities among older...
  • Go4Life exercise and physical activity campaign at three
    November 6, 2014
    NIA’s exercise and physical activity campaign for older adults marks its third anniversary with the updated, redesigned Go4Life website. Go4Life®, the exercise and physical activity campaign...
  • Loss of the sense of smell may predict mortality risk among older people
    October 2, 2014
    Frailty and dementia often signal increased risk for mortality among older people. But can the loss of olfaction—the sense of smell—also be a significant indicator of mortality risk? An NIH-supported study involving thousands of older...
  • Hyperthermia: Too hot for your health
    July 2, 2014
    During the summer, it is important for everyone, especially older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, to be aware of the dangers of hyperthermia. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the NIH, has some tips to help mitigate...
  • NIHSeniorHealth.gov offers info on quitting smoking for older adults
    June 17, 2014
    The National Institutes of Health has released a new Web resource to help older adults stop smoking. Quitting Smoking for Older Adults, a new topic from NIHSeniorHealth, offers videos, worksheets, interactive features, strategies, quizzes, and more...
  • Looking for programming for seniors?
    June 11, 2014
    Check out the new Talking With Your Doctor Presentation Toolkit from the National Institute on Aging at NIH. It’s an easy-to-use speaker’s guide—no prior knowledge or special training on the topic required. What’s more, the...
  • NIH, PCORI announce major award to prevent falls injuries in older people
    June 4, 2014
    Each year, 1 out of 3 adults aged 65 and over falls. A third of those falls result in moderate to severe injuries that can lead to further declines in health and loss of independence. Thousands of older adults die each year from such falls as well....

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