NIH tips for older adults to combat heat-related illnesses
July 18, 2011
Older people can face risks related to hot weather. As people age, their bodies lose some ability to adapt to heat. They may have medical conditions that are worsened by heat. And their medications could reduce their ability to respond to heat. The...
Media Availability: NIH researchers tie even sedentary employment in men to overall increased physical activity
July 12, 2011
WHAT: Employment status may be related in some ways to weekday physical activity, according to researchers at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. In a study measuring activity levels, full-time employed...
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...
NIH-funded study uses planning prompts to enhance vaccination rates
June 13, 2011
We all have good intentions, but sometimes we need a nudge to turn those intentions into actions. According to a new study, encouraging people to write down the date and time when they plan to get their flu shot increased the number of people who...
White House, UK include NIA in collaboration
May 25, 2011
A joint statement from the U.S. and United Kingdom on collaborations in higher education, science and innovation cites the NIA’s role in the development of measures on subjective wellbeing. The statement noted the potential for such research...
Luigi Ferrucci named NIA scientific director
May 24, 2011
Luigi Ferrucci, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally known geriatrician and gerontologist, has been named NIA’s new Scientific Director, effective May 8, 2011. Dr. Ferrucci has served in NIA’s Intramural Research Program (IRP) as chief of the...
LINKS: Minority Research & Training - Spring 2011
May 21, 2011
Gerardo Moreno: Speaking from Experience Following IRP Fellows: Making the Transition from Postdoc to Career Researcher Luigi Ferrucci Named NIA Scientific Director Talking About Alzheimer’s Disease Using the Words of Latinos...
NIH-supported survey to study functional change in older adults
April 20, 2011
Thousands of Medicare beneficiaries will receive an invitation in May to be part of a special study looking at the impact of age-related changes on functional ability. The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) will be seeking some 9,000...
Alzheimer's diagnostic guidelines updated for first time in decades
April 19, 2011
For the first time in 27 years, clinical diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease dementia have been revised, and research guidelines for earlier stages of the disease have been characterized to reflect a deeper understanding of the...
Long-term care is newest topic on NIHSeniorHealth site
April 5, 2011
What is long-term care and will I need it? If I do need long-term care services, where can I find them? Are there things I should be doing now to plan ahead? Older adults and their loved ones can find easy-to-understand answers to these and other...