News of Note
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....
Registration open - June 4 webinar announcing major new study
June 3, 2014
Register now for the June 4 webinar. Every year roughly one in three older Americans suffers a fall. Although evidence points to effective ways to prevent falls, rates of fall-related injury remain stubbornly high, making falls one of the most...
Structured physical activity program can help maintain mobility in vulnerable older people
May 27, 2014
A carefully structured, moderate physical activity program can reduce risk of losing the ability to walk without assistance, perhaps the single most important factor in whether vulnerable older people can maintain their independence, a study has...
Telomere length associated with racial bias, discrimination
May 21, 2014
Shorter leukocyte telomere length is associated with earlier mortality and has also been tied to many age-related health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and arthritis...
NIHSeniorHealth.gov marks 10 years as health resource for older adults
May 14, 2014
Website was early model for senior-friendly design NIHSeniorHealth, a senior-friendly website from the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine, offers health and wellness information for older...
Women of Color Research Network receives health information award
May 13, 2014
The Women of Color Research Network (WoCRn), an online community to help women succeed in research, with a special focus on enhancing diversity in biomedical science, has received the Health Improvement Institute’s Aesculapius Award of...