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  • 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...

  • Drs. Pierre Tariot, Jessica Langbaum, and Eric Reiman of Banner Alzheimer's Institute
    People at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease to test prevention drugs
    August 23, 2016

    The two biggest risk factors for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease—age and carrying a risk gene—can’t be changed. But what if people could do something to counteract those risks and possibly tip the balance in their...

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    Brain scans offer insights into loss of money skills
    July 12, 2016

    Older adults are all too often easy targets for financial abuse, and those with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders are especially vulnerable. To learn more about seniors’ financial skills, NIA-funded scientists...

  • NIA opens GEMSSTAR awards to dental specialists
    June 23, 2016

    NIA’s Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) program is now open to dentists and dental specialists interested in starting a research career related to aging. Details about the...

  • High blood pressure is linked to cognitive decline
    June 16, 2016

    Studies explore treatments, prevention There’s a saying, “What’s good for your heart is good for your brain.” Evidence supports preventing or controlling cardiovascular conditions such as high blood pressure to...

  • Age-related cognitive decline: Women are more resilient than men
    April 28, 2016

    Previous research has shown that aging affects cognitive ability, and that subtle sex differences in cognition exist across the lifespan. A recent observational study by Dr. Anna C. McCarrey and colleagues in NIA’s Intramural...