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NIH study finds calorie restriction lowers some risk factors for age-related diseases

A National Institutes of Health-supported study provides some of the first clues about the impact of sustained calorie restriction in adults. Results from a two-year clinical trial show calorie restriction in normal-weight and moderately overweight people did not have some metabolic effects found in laboratory animal studies. However, the researchers found calorie restriction modified risk factors for age-related diseases and influenced indicators associated with longer life span, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and insulin resistance.

Go4Life® is NIA’s national exercise and physical activity campaign for people 50+ which seeks to empower older adults to become more physically active. In September 2015, we celebrate our first-ever Go4Life Month, in collaboration with the White House Conference on Aging, working with our Go4Life partners across the country to conduct events and attract further attention to the campaign. But, Go4Life has much yet to do—and we need your help.

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Recruiting for new Director of NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR). For the full job posting, please visit http://www.jobs.nih.gov/vacancies/executive/nia_director.htm.

NIA director blogs about White House Conference on Aging

In a blog post on the White House Conference on Aging, NIA Director Dr. Richard Hodes wrote:

“The White House Conference on Aging happening today at the White House occurs once per decade. But at the National Institutes of Health, particularly at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), we work on research every day related to understanding the nature of aging, supporting the health and well-being of older adults, and extending healthy, active years of life for more people.”

White House Conference on Aging showcases physical activity through Go4Life Month

In collaboration with the White House Conference on Aging, Go4Life, the national exercise and physical activity campaign for people 50+ from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is bringing together more than a hundred federal, state and local partners to encourage older adults to move more and stay active for better health with advancing age.

Advice for older people on staying safe in hot weather

Summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults and people with chronic medical conditions. It is critically important that adults particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-related illnesses know how to safeguard against problems. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has some tips to help avoid the hazards of hot weather.

NIH summit delivers recommendations to transform Alzheimer’s disease research

The National Institutes of Health released recommendations today that provide a framework for a bold and transformative Alzheimer’s disease research agenda.

Read latest Connections newsletter for Alzheimer’s research news

The Spring 2015 issue of Connections, the e-newsletter from NIA’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center, is now available!

In the latest issue:

In memoriam: Richard M. Suzman, Ph.D.

Dr Richard Suzman speaking at a conference

Richard M. Suzman, Ph.D., director of NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research, died on April 16, 2015. He was 72.

I want to share with you part of a recent discussion I had with the Friends of the NIA about the importance of public-private partnerships in aging research.

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