Research on Medicare Part D examines adherence, awareness of coverage
March 17, 2009
The implementation of Medicare Part D—the prescription drug benefit—provided Americans aged 65 and over the opportunity to enroll for Medicare coverage of prescription drugs. Following the first year of the program, two teams of NIA-...
Discovering the secrets of long, healthy lives
March 1, 2009
Like many retirees, Jim likes to keep busy. He tends his garden, putters around the house, and volunteers at the local hospital. A widower, he enjoys visits with his three daughters and four grandchildren. He became a great-grandfather in June....
A Conversation With... Robin Barr
March 1, 2009
In September 2007, Dr. Robin Barr was named director of NIA’s Division of Extramural Activities (DEA). A native of Scotland, Dr. Barr received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in psychology from Oxford University and completed...
50 years of BLSA recognized: Extended symposium looks at findings, future of longitudinal research
March 1, 2009
In recognition of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging’s (BLSA’s) 50th anniversary, the NIA’s 6th Annual Nathan W. Shock Symposium was extended to highlight findings from the past 5 decades and to look to the future of the...
Complementary and alternative medicine information added to NIHSeniorHealth web site
December 12, 2008
Older adults are frequent users of complementary and alternative medicine, also known as CAM, which can include products such as vitamins and herbal supplements, and practices such as chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, meditation and massage....
Training guide from the National Institute on Aging helps older adults find health information online
November 27, 2008
Health issues are a vital concern for older adults, and surveys show that most of those who go online search for health and medical information. However, since only 34 percent of people age 65 and older are online, the majority of older adults are...
Study to examine early, inherited form of Alzheimer's
November 19, 2008
The adult children of people diagnosed with inherited Alzheimer's disease are the focus of a new study to better understand the biology of the disease. Researchers are seeking 300 volunteers with a biological parent with a known genetic mutation...
Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) study fails to show benefit in preventing dementia in the elderly
November 18, 2008
The dietary supplement Ginkgo biloba was found to be ineffective in reducing the development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease in older people, according to a study published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association"....
Leukemia information added to NIH web site about senior health
October 27, 2008
Information about leukemia has just been added to NIHSeniorHealth, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Web site designed especially for older adults. Consumers can visit www.nihseniorhealth.gov/leukemia/toc.html to learn more about leukemia, a...
NIA and McKnight Brain Research Foundation Join Forces
October 15, 2008
The Research Partnership in Cognitive Aging is a newly launched public-private effort to support current and emerging research on age-related changes in the brain and cognition. Jointly funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the...