Health and Aging

News of Note

  • Exercise for all older adults: NIA guide shows and tells
    May 1, 2009
    The NIA’s new exercise guide for older adults has something for everyone. Whether healthy, chronically ill, or disabled, most older people can be physically active. The newly updated guide shows them how. “A central goal of aging...
  • Recovery Act funds stimulate aging research
    May 1, 2009
      The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17, 2009. The NIH will receive $10 billion in ARRA funds to be used in fiscal years (FY) 2009 and 2010. The NIA will receive a...
  • Is a big belly bad for the brain? Examining body fat's ties to dementia
    April 1, 2009
    Belly fat may be bad for your brain. A number of recent studies, widely publicized in the media, have suggested that excess adipose tissue (body fat), particularly around the belly, during a person's midlife years may increase the risk of...
  • New research illuminates memory loss and early dementia
    April 1, 2009
    "Where are my glasses?" "Remind me who that person is. I can't remember his name." "What's the word I'm looking for? It's right on the tip of my tongue." Sound familiar? As people get older, they...
  • Fall prevention training for clinicians can reduce serious injuries
    March 17, 2009
    Training clinical staff in fall-prevention practices and strategies can help reduce serious falls and the need for related medical care among elderly people, suggests a new study, funded in part by the NIA. Research has shown that falls—a...
  • Hypertension reduces blood flow to brain, may pose risk of dementia
    March 17, 2009
    Research has shown that hypertension (high blood pressure), a common condition in older adults, affects cardiovascular function and, by extension, increases the risk of cerebrovascular disease. While previous studies have identified hypertension as...
  • Study examines Americans’ experience of pain
    March 17, 2009
    Researchers at Princeton University in New Jersey and Stony Brook University in New York used a novel method to assess the percentage of people experiencing pain and its severity at randomly selected times in a representative sample of U.S....
  • Study links larger waist circumference to higher mortality risk
    March 17, 2009
    People with a large waist circumference have a higher risk of mortality, even if they have a normal body mass index (BMI—a ratio of weight to height), finds a recent study supported in part by the NIA. The results suggest that waist...
  • 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...
  • 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....

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