News of Note
Hypothermia and older adults
January 6, 2014
Frigid weather can pose special risks to older adults. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has some advice for helping older people avoid hypothermia—when the body gets too cold—during cold...
Request for Information: Mechanisms of Physical Activity-Induced Health Benefits
December 16, 2013
Increased physical activity has been linked to numerous health benefits, including improved cardiovascular and respiratory health, insulin sensitivity, bone and muscle strength, and cognitive function. In addition, physical activity is associated...
NIH offers new resources on Lewy body dementia and dementia research
December 11, 2013
Dementia, a loss of cognitive functioning that interferes with independent living, has many possible causes. Two new publications from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explore the topic: Lewy Body Dementia: Information for Patients,...
Aging with HIV: Responding to an emerging challenge
September 30, 2013
The development of highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) for HIV infection in the 1990s is one of modern medicine’s most dramatic success stories. Once effectively a death sentence, HIV infection can now be considered a serious, but...
Online nutrition info for older adults now available
September 5, 2013
Healthy eating is important at any age. The National Institute on Aging’s recently redesigned online nutrition resource, What’s On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging, offers information and to help older adults make good...
Healthy eyes topic now available on NIHSeniorHealth
August 8, 2013
Maintaining your vision as you get older is vital to health and wellbeing. Even if you enjoy good vision now, it’s important to practice good eye healthcare to make sure your vision is as good as it can be as you age. To learn about ways to...
Advice for older people on staying safe in hot weather
July 11, 2013
Summer often brings excessive heat, which can lead to heat-related problems caused by hyperthermia, an abnormally high body temperature. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and are at...
Tip sheets for Alzheimer’s caregivers now available as e-books
June 27, 2013
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be a tough job with many demands and challenges. To help, the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center offers more than 25 tip sheets—many now available for mobile...
Estrogen therapy has no long-term effect on cognition in younger postmenopausal women
June 24, 2013
A randomized clinical trial of estrogen therapy in younger postmenopausal women, aged 50–55, has found no long-term risk or benefit to cognitive function. The National Institutes of Health-supported study, reported in JAMA Internal Medicine on...
NIA partners with PCORI to develop falls prevention study
June 17, 2013
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) June 13 announced the formation with NIA of the “Falls Injuries Prevention Partnership,” to fund and conduct a major intervention study aimed at preventing injuries from falls in...