Health and Aging

News of Note

  • NIHSeniorHealth site offers information about older adults and alcohol use
    August 11, 2010
    Having a drink now and then as you get older is not usually thought to be harmful, but alcohol can be a problem for older adults, especially if they take certain medications, have health problems or don’t control their drinking. Alcohol Use...
  • Hospice—Not a black and white decision
    May 15, 2010
    (Published in LINKS: Minority Research & Training - Spring 2010) Hospice care, for many people, is intimately tied to this country’s growing discussion about end-of-life care. Understanding different communities’ knowledge and...
  • Study presents new data on prostate cancer screening in older men
    March 15, 2010
    The appropriate age at which to end prostate cancer screening is controversial, with different organizations issuing different recommendations. Data from a new study suggest that screening might be safely discontinued in men ages 75 and older who...
  • Personality a factor in longevity and healthy aging
    March 15, 2010
    Specific personality characteristics may be important to successful aging, according to researchers who studied a group of adult children of centenarians. Other studies have shown that these personality traits promote good health and minimize...
  • Less social activity associated with motor function decline
    March 15, 2010
    Older adults with limited participation in social activities had a faster decline in motor function than those who had frequent social engagements, according to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study suggests that more frequent...
  • High conscientiousness, low neuroticism predict better health in older couples
    March 15, 2010
    A high degree of conscientiousness—the tendency to follow societal norms, plan, and be task and goal directed—has been shown to predict better physical health and functioning. In a recent study by researchers at the University of...
  • Older Americans have better cognitive health, worse overall health than English Peers
    March 15, 2010
    Older Americans have better cognitive health but worse overall health than their counterparts in England, two recent studies show. According to researchers, these health gaps could be due to differences in the prevalence of cardiovascular disease,...
  • Recovery Act funds all areas of aging research
    March 1, 2010
    In February 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As part of the legislation, more than $10 billion was allocated to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for support of biomedical research in fiscal years (FY...
  • Mediterranean diet may reduce risk of mild cognitive impairment
    October 15, 2009
    An NIA-funded study at Columbia University Medical Center has found an association between a Mediterranean diet and a reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Previous studies have found an association of this diet with a reduced risk of...
  • 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...

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