Health and Aging

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  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Research shows that practice constraints can impact dementia care
    March 11, 2008
    Limited time, limited reimbursement, and other health care barriers may lead to challenges when treating dementia patients, according to a study by the NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of California, San...
  • Mild cognitive impairment can impact medical decision-making
    March 11, 2008
    Patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may, in addition to their cognitive impairment, have functional limitations that diminish their ability to make decisions about medical treatment. Researchers at the National Institute on Aging-funded...
  • Study shows association of glucose metabolism with family history of Alzheimer's
    March 11, 2008
    Cognitively normal people with a maternal family history of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) show reductions in their cerebral glucose metabolism in the same brain areas as those seen in people who have been diagnosed with AD, according to an National...
  • Physical conditioning helps maintain older adults' driving performance
    March 11, 2008
    Physical conditioning helps maintain older adults’ driving performance, decreasing on-road errors by more than one-third, suggests National Institute on Aging-sponsored research published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The...
  • Necessity: The mother of invention
    March 1, 2008
    Necessity, it has been said, is the mother of invention. Ken Nixon and his two brothers have demonstrated the truth of that adage, in their case inventing an innovative way to help meet the daily needs of their mother who had Alzheimer’s...
  • SardiNIA Project steps up global research in genetics, aging
    March 1, 2008
    In a 10-year, NIA-funded collaboration, U.S. and Italian investigators are conducting genetic research on the scenic Mediterranean island of Sardinia. One autumn day in 1995, Giuseppe Pilia, M.D., Ph.D.*, then a post-doctoral fellow in the...
  • Taking technology home: Researchers test new methods to detect cognitive change
    March 1, 2008
    Margaret and Vernon Huffer’s home in the Willamette View retirement community in Portland, Oregon, is under observation. As they go about their daily activities, sensors on the walls, doorways, and appliances gather information about their...
  • Scientists weigh mechanisms, effects of calorie restriction
    March 1, 2008
    Back in 1934, dust storms rolled across the Great Plains, Anything Goes premiered on Broadway, the New Deal was still new, and Bonnie and Clyde met their demise. During that year, too, scientists at Cornell University observed that lab rats fed a...

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