Putting exercise to the test in people at risk for Alzheimer’s
February 6, 2017
Can exercise slow or prevent cognitive decline in older people who are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease? A new clinical trial led by NIA-supported scientists in collaboration with the YMCA aims to find out whether exercise...
NIH initiative tests in-home technology to help older adults age in place
January 25, 2017
Many older adults want to live at home independently as they age. Sometimes all they need is a little help from their family and friends—and the right technology. A new initiative led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aims...
Plan now to attend the Cognitive Aging Summit 2017
January 13, 2017
Mark your calendars April 6-7 for the upcoming Cognitive Aging Summit 2017 in Bethesda, Maryland. Researchers from across the country will gather to discuss promising areas of research into age-related brain and cognitive changes, with a...
Harnessing gamma brain waves to clear Alzheimer’s proteins
December 29, 2016
Animal study tests novel way to influence Alzheimer's-related brain changes Gamma brain waves—electrical charges that help link and process information from all parts of the brain—are known to slow down in the brains of...
Adaptive brain network change supports healthy cognitive aging in rats
December 9, 2016
Why does our ability to remember fail as we age? Is age-related memory loss normal, or a sign of something worse, like Alzheimer’s disease? A new study in rats suggests that part of the answer may rest on how effectively different...
National study reports decreased dementia prevalence
December 5, 2016
Dementia prevalence among Americans age 65 and older decreased significantly between 2000 and 2012, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on November 21, 2016. Results from the nationally representative Health and...
Identifying brain networks that keep memory skills youthful in cognitive “superagers”
November 4, 2016
Older adults with above average memory skills for their age—so-called cognitive "superagers"—have distinct differences in brain networks compared to their cognitively normal peers. NIA-funded researchers identified...
Director’s Regional Meeting on Aging Research, Atlanta
September 28, 2016
SAVE THE DATE – Thursday, October 20, 2016 The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health is partnering with the Morehouse School of Medicine to convene a regional workshop. This will be an opportunity...
Identifying mechanisms that may keep memories sharp in the aging brain
September 23, 2016
New stem cells in the dentate gyrus section of the hippocampus—the brain structure responsible for memory and learning—grow and integrate with existing cells to make memories stronger and more precise. The new cells compete for...
NIA boosts Alzheimer’s research network with two new centers
September 19, 2016
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH is pleased to announce two new additions to its Alzheimer’s Disease Centers Program—a network of researchers and clinicians developing and sharing new approaches and findings to...