Reduced protein in cerebrospinal fluid may affect age-related cognitive decline
October 15, 2009
Reduction of a protein in cerebrospinal fluid called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is associated with age-related cognitive decline, report scientists at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. The study confirms...
Commemorating people with Alzheimer's disease: The Story Corps memory loss initiative
October 1, 2009
The room is comfortable and softly lit. A woman and older man sit facing each other at a small table. A third person performs a sound check and adjusts the participants’ microphones. She shares reminders for the session: This conversation...
The award-winning The Alzheimer's Project reaches millions, continues to provide educational resources
October 1, 2009
Critics and viewers agree: The Alzheimer’s Project documentary series is television worth watching. The four-part film series, co-presented by HBO Documentary Films and NIA/NIH in association with the Alzheimer’s Association, Fidelity...
Statement on National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day September 18, 2009
September 17, 2009
HIV/AIDS began its deadly course in the United States mostly as a disease of young men, but today the epidemic touches people of all ages, including adults aged 50 and older. On September 18, the first National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, we...
Scientists identify two gene variants associated with Alzheimer’s risk
September 8, 2009
In the largest genome-wide association study (GWAS) reported to date involving Alzheimer’s disease, scientists have identified two new possible genetic risk factors for late-onset Alzheimer’s, the most common form of the disease. The...
Unprecedented global aging examined in new Census Bureau report commissioned by the National Institute on Aging
July 20, 2009
The average age of the world’s population is increasing at an unprecedented rate. The number of people worldwide age 65 and older is estimated at 506 million as of midyear 2008; by 2040, that number will hit 1.3 billion. Thus, in just over 30...
Migraines with aura in middle age associated with late-life brain lesions
June 23, 2009
Women who suffer from migraine headaches in middle age accompanied by neurological aura (visual disturbances, dizziness or numbness that can precede migraines) are more likely to have damage to brain tissue in the cerebellum later in life, according...
A Conversation With... Dr. Marie Bernard
May 15, 2009
On Oct. 12, 2008, Dr. Marie Bernard joined the NIA as Deputy Director. She previously held the Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Geriatric Medicine and served as professor and chair of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the...
Medicare information for caregivers now available on NIHSeniorHealth
May 13, 2009
If you're caring for an older friend or family member, you've probably had questions about Medicare, the federal health insurance program for adults 65 and older and people under age 65 with disabilities. While you may know that Medicare...
Study shows possible link between secondhand smoke, cognitive impairment
May 12, 2009
A recent article about a population-based study in England reports that exposure to secondhand smoke could increase the odds of older nonsmokers becoming cognitively impaired. In work funded in part by the NIA, researchers measured levels of...