News of Note
Oregon health insurance lottery shows access to insurance increases health care use; improves well-being, decreases financial strain
July 7, 2011
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...
Talking about Alzheimer’s disease using the words of Latinos and non-Latinos
May 21, 2011
(Published in LINKS: Minority Research & Training - Spring 2011) Effective health communications is not just about clearly expressing your health message. You must deliver the message using language that literally and figuratively speaks to your...
Gerardo Moreno: Speaking from experience
May 21, 2011
(Published in LINKS: Minority Research & Training - Spring 2011) When award-winning actor and advocate for clear science communication, Alan Alda, talks to young scientists about ways to effectively describe their work to a nonscientist, Alda...
VA expands caregiver support program developed by NIA-funded researchers
February 15, 2011
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is expanding support nationally to caregivers of veterans with Alzheimer’s disease with a program developed by NIA-funded researchers. The REACH VA (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s...
Come dance with me
December 1, 2010
(Published in LINKS: Minority Research & Training - Fall 2010) Some people remember their high school prom as the perfect party to celebrate the end of an era. Others do not fondly recall their evening. For older adults living in or around St....
Peripheral arterial disease newest offering on NIHSeniorHealth site
September 16, 2010
Information about the risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of peripheral arterial disease, or P.A.D., has just been added to NIHSeniorHealth, the senior-friendly health and wellness website from the National Institutes of Health. Consumers can...
Mild cognitive impairment more common in older men than older women
September 7, 2010
Older men may be at risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease, earlier in life than older women, according to a study appearing today in Neurology. Primarily funded by the National Institute...
NIHSeniorHealth site offers information about older adults and alcohol use
August 11, 2010
Having a drink now and then as you get older is not usually thought to be harmful, but alcohol can be a problem for older adults, especially if they take certain medications, have health problems or don’t control their drinking. Alcohol Use...
Hospice—Not a black and white decision
May 15, 2010
(Published in LINKS: Minority Research & Training - Spring 2010) Hospice care, for many people, is intimately tied to this country’s growing discussion about end-of-life care. Understanding different communities’ knowledge and...
Older Americans have better cognitive health, worse overall health than English Peers
March 15, 2010
Older Americans have better cognitive health but worse overall health than their counterparts in England, two recent studies show. According to researchers, these health gaps could be due to differences in the prevalence of cardiovascular disease,...