Heath and Aging

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Forgetfulness: Knowing When To Ask For Help

Forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging, or it can be related to health issues, some of which can be treated. Read about common causes of memory problems and what to do about serious memory issues, such as dementia.

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Keywords: Forgetfulness, Memory, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Cognitive Decline

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease: What Do We Know?

Although Alzheimer's disease currently has no cure, recent research results point toward a day when it might be possible to delay, slow down, or even prevent this devastating brain disorder. This 24-page booklet describes the latest NIA-funded research about prevention of Alzheimer's disease and age-related cognitive decline, from physical exercise and diet to social engagement and cognitive training. Also included are tips for staying healthy as you grow older.

PDF (1.15 MB)
Keywords: Alzheimer's Disease, Prevention, Risk, Exercise, Diet, Chronic Condition, Cognitive Decline, Research

Understanding Memory Loss: What To Do When You Have Trouble Remembering

What’s the difference between mild forgetfulness and more serious memory problems? Find out about memory problems, including Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and how to get help for serious memory loss.

PDF (7.7 MB) | ePub (1.32 MB)
Spanish Version
Keywords: Memory, Cognitive Decline, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Vascular Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease

Lewy Body Dementia: Information for Patients, Families, and Professionals

Learn about Lewy body dementia, a surprisingly common type of brain disorder that causes changes in the ability to think and move. The two main types—dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinsons' disease dementia—differ in the earliest signs.

PDF (1.27 MB)
Keywords: Lewy body dementia, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Caregiving, Training Materials for Professionals

Understanding Alzheimer's Disease: What You Need to Know

This 19-page easy-to-read booklet describes what happens when someone has Alzheimer’s disease and how it differs from normal aging. Read about when to see the doctor, possible treatments, and how patients and caregivers can get help.

PDF (3.51 MB) | ePub (910.17 KB)
Spanish Version
Keywords: Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease: Unraveling the Mystery

An essential primer on Alzheimer’s disease, this 80-page publication describes how the brain works and how it changes with age in healthy people and people with Alzheimer’s. Research on causes, diagnosis, prevention, potential treatments, and caregiver support is summarized. Look for full-color illustrations, a glossary, and a list of resources.

PDF (8.75 MB)
Keywords: Alzheimer's Disease

Participating in Activities You Enjoy—More Than Just Fun and Games

Research shows that doing social and service activities like volunteering can help older adults be healthier and more satisfied. Get some good ideas for fun and fulfilling activities that may help with healthy aging.

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Keywords: Social Activities and Engagement, Retirement, Quality of Life

Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People

This 44-page booklet is full of ideas and tips for good communication with your doctor. The illustrations and conversational tone help to explain how to prepare for a medical appointment, discuss sensitive topics, and coordinate help from family and friends.

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Spanish Version
Keywords: Doctor-Patient Communication

Frontotemporal Disorders: Information for Patients, Families, and Caregivers

Learn about frontotemporal disorders, which lead to dementias that affect personality, behavior, language, and movement. NIA's consumer-friendly guide explains the disorders and their causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, with helpful advice for caregivers.

PDF (3.23 MB)
Keywords: Frontotemporal Disorders, Dementia, Movement Disorders, Training Materials for Professionals

Stroke

Find information about how to recognize the symptoms of stroke and why you should call 911 right away. Read about the different types of stroke, common problems that happen after a stroke—like trouble speaking, and ways to lower your risk of stroke.

PDF (108.29 KB)
Spanish Version
Keywords: Stroke, Cardiovascular

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