Resources for Health Care Professionals
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, provides a wide range of health information articles and resources on aging and conditions associated with growing older. NIA leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. The materials listed below are intended for health care professionals to use in their practices and to share with their patients and communities.
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Resources to enhance your practice
The pages below provide information and resources for health care providers caring for older adults.
Learn how to talk effectively with older patients, including how to discuss cognitive impairment and other sensitive subjects, break bad news, and work with families and caregivers.
Diagnosing and managing Alzheimer’s and related dementias
Access free clinical practice tools, training materials and more resources for physicians, nurses, social workers, and other professionals working with patients and families affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
- Alzheimer's and Related Dementia Resources for Professionals
- Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnostic Guidelines
- Assessing Cognitive Impairment in Older Patients
- Diagnosing Lewy Body Dementia: For Professionals
- Managing Older Patients With Cognitive Impairment
- Resources for Health Care Providers: Alzheimers.gov
Talking to your patients about clinical trials and studies
Find information to help you discuss clinical trial participation with your patients and encourage them to consider participating in research.
- Alzheimer's & Dementia Outreach, Recruitment & Engagement Resources (ADORE)
- Alzheimers.gov Clinical Trials Finder
- Clinical Trials Information
- Recruiting Older Adults into Research (ROAR) Toolkit
- Talking With Your Patients About Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Clinical Trials
- Volunteer for Research
- "Why I Participate in Alzheimer's Research" Videos
Getting involved in research
Learn about the research resources available for clinicians who are interested in participating in aging research.
Resources to share with your older patients
Providing information resources to older adults can help them better understand steps they can take to improve their health. Good communication can positively affect overall health outcomes for older adults, as well as for their families and caregivers. Share the fact sheets, articles, booklets, videos, and posters listed below with your patients. Many can be ordered for free in bulk on our Publications Ordering Site.
- 5 Tips to Help You Stay Motivated to Exercise Poster
- Depression and Older Adults
- High Blood Pressure
- Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging
Alzheimer’s and related dementias
- 11 Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet
- End-of-Life Care for People With Dementia
- Frequently Asked Questions About Alzheimer’s Disease
- Next Steps After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
- Video: How Alzheimer’s Changes the Brain
Caregiving and advance care planning
- Advance Care Planning
- Mourning the Death of a Spouse
- Taking Care of Yourself: Tips for Caregivers
- Understanding Health Care Decisions at the End of Life
The links below provide a complete list of the more than 90 health topics that NIA covers regarding older adults, healthy aging, and diseases and conditions associated with aging.
- Order publications or download PDFs in English and Spanish
- View all health topics
- View all health topics available in Spanish
Resources to share with your communities
Use NIA’s toolkits to raise awareness in your community about aging-related health topics and conditions. Share the social media posts, infographics, flyers, and animated graphics at the links below to help spread this important information.
- Brain Donation Social Media Toolkit
- Science of Sleep Resources
- Social Isolation and Loneliness Outreach Toolkit
- Talking With Your Doctor Toolkit
Sign up for E-alerts about Alzheimers.gov Highlights
This content is provided by the NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA). NIA scientists and other experts review this content to ensure it is accurate and up to date.
Content reviewed: August 25, 2021