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News of Note

  • NIH-commissioned report highlights disability among older population
    December 10, 2014
    Almost 16 million Americans aged 65 and older report having at least one disability, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau (PDF, 1.5M), commissioned and funded by the NIA. This is the first Census report on disabilities among older...
  • Go4Life exercise and physical activity campaign at three
    November 6, 2014
    NIA’s exercise and physical activity campaign for older adults marks its third anniversary with the updated, redesigned Go4Life website. Go4Life®, the exercise and physical activity campaign...
  • Loss of the sense of smell may predict mortality risk among older people
    October 2, 2014
    Frailty and dementia often signal increased risk for mortality among older people. But can the loss of olfaction—the sense of smell—also be a significant indicator of mortality risk? An NIH-supported study involving thousands of older...
  • Hyperthermia: Too hot for your health
    July 2, 2014
    During the summer, it is important for everyone, especially older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, to be aware of the dangers of hyperthermia. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the NIH, has some tips to help mitigate...
  • NIHSeniorHealth.gov offers info on quitting smoking for older adults
    June 17, 2014
    The National Institutes of Health has released a new Web resource to help older adults stop smoking. Quitting Smoking for Older Adults, a new topic from NIHSeniorHealth, offers videos, worksheets, interactive features, strategies, quizzes, and more...
  • Looking for programming for seniors?
    June 11, 2014
    Check out the new Talking With Your Doctor Presentation Toolkit from the National Institute on Aging at NIH. It’s an easy-to-use speaker’s guide—no prior knowledge or special training on the topic required. What’s more, the...
  • NIH, PCORI announce major award to prevent falls injuries in older people
    June 4, 2014
    Each year, 1 out of 3 adults aged 65 and over falls. A third of those falls result in moderate to severe injuries that can lead to further declines in health and loss of independence. Thousands of older adults die each year from such falls as well....
  • Registration open - June 4 webinar announcing major new study
    June 3, 2014
    Register now for the June 4 webinar. Every year roughly one in three older Americans suffers a fall. Although evidence points to effective ways to prevent falls, rates of fall-related injury remain stubbornly high, making falls one of the most...
  • Structured physical activity program can help maintain mobility in vulnerable older people
    May 27, 2014
    A carefully structured, moderate physical activity program can reduce risk of losing the ability to walk without assistance, perhaps the single most important factor in whether vulnerable older people can maintain their independence, a study has...
  • Telomere length associated with racial bias, discrimination
    May 21, 2014
    Shorter leukocyte telomere length is associated with earlier mortality and has also been tied to many age-related health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and arthritis...

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