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Cognitive Health Learn how your brain changes as you age and what you can do to keep your cognitive function at its best. Exercise and Physical Activity Being active as you age can help maintain your independence. Healthy Eating Tips for healthy eating, sample menus, eating plans, and more. Doctor-Patient Communication

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Health Topics A-Z National Institute on Aging

M. Medicines and medication management. Memory loss and forgetfulness. Menopause. Mental and emotional health. Mild cognitive impairment. Mixed dementia. …

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Healthy Eating National Institute on Aging

Home Health Information. Healthy Eating Making a plan to eat healthy can keep you healthy and active for longer. Read these articles on how to make smart food choices, shop for healthy food on a budget, and what vitamins and minerals older people need. Use the sample menus to plan your meals and shopping list!

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Vaccinations and Older Adults National Institute on Aging

Contact your local health department or use the Vaccine Finder for more information on COVID-19 vaccination in your area. Learn more about the new vaccines to prevent COVID-19. Flu vaccines for older adults. Flu — short for influenza — is a virus that can cause fever, chills, sore throat, stuffy nose, headache, and muscle aches. Flu is very

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Infographics National Institute on Aging

Home Health Information Health Topics A-Z Infographics. Infographics Brain Donation FAQs: A Gift for Future Generations. Get frequently asked questions on brain donation. Download, print, and share this infographic with your friends and family. 5 Tips to Help You Stay Motivated to Exercise.

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Advance Care Planning: Health Care Directives National

Advance care planning is not just about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave you too ill to make your own health care decisions. Even if you are not sick now, planning for health care in the future is an important step toward making sure you get the medical care you would want, if you are unable to speak for yourself and doctors and family members are making the decisions for you.

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Four Types of Exercise Can Improve Your Health and

Endurance exercises improve the health of your heart, lungs, and circulatory system. They also can delay or prevent many diseases that are common in older adults such as diabetes, colon and breast cancers, heart disease, and others. Physical activities that build endurance include: Brisk walking or jogging; Yard work (mowing, raking)

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Medicines and medication management National Institute

Don’t wait for the doctor to raise a topic you’re worried about. Ask questions about tests, diagnoses, and prescriptions to proactively manage your health. Get answers to frequently asked questions about medications and older adults, including information on safety, side effects, and talking to

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Caenorhabditis Intervention Testing Program (CITP

National Institutes of Health, NIH, National Institute on Aging, NIA, Caenorhabditis Intervention Testing Program, CITP Created Date: 12/11/2019 12:20:27 PM

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Telehealth: What Is It, How to Prepare, Is It Covered

Due to COVID-19, health care providers may increase their use of telehealth services to keep patients and health care providers safe. Recent policy changes during the COVID-19 pandemic have helped reduce barriers to telehealth access and have promoted the use of telehealth as a way to deliver acute, chronic, primary, and specialty care.

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What Do We Know About Healthy Aging

Weight is a very complex issue. For older people, the health problems associated with obesity may take a back seat to problems associated with body composition (fat-to-muscle ratio) and location of fat (hip or waist) on the body. Many health problems are connected to being overweight or obese.

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Assessing Changes in Memory and Function National

In contrast, the primary caregiver might not notice such changes or realize that more help, medical treatment, or supervision is needed. Or, the primary caregiver might not want to accept the fact that the health of his or her spouse or parent is failing. Sometimes a geriatric care manager or other professional is the first to notice changes.

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Health, Well-Being, and Independence and Aging NIA

Improving the Health, Well-Being, and Independence of Adults as They Age New insights into lifestyle, psychological, and other environmental influences on health promise to have a profound impact on the ability of older adults to remain physically healthy and cognitively, emotionally, and socially vital into very advanced ages – ideally, for as long as they live.

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From country to city, place affects health inequities

Where people live, work, learn, and play matters — for personal health and well-being and for finding and addressing health inequities. Where you live can affect (and be affected by) factors including income, diet, social interactions, access to medical and dental care, and education, all of which impact health and quality of life.

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Alzheimer’s and Aging Resources for Students National

Alzheimer’s and Aging Resources for Students. This page is designed for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to access easy-to-read materials, articles, and fact sheets on Alzheimer’s and related dementias, caregiving, aging, and issues related to older adults. You can also learn about high school, undergraduate, and graduate

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Loneliness and Social Isolation — Tips for Staying

Everyone needs social connections to survive and thrive. But as people age, they often find themselves spending more time alone. Being alone may leave older adults more vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation, which can affect their health and well-being.Studies show that loneliness and social isolation are associated with higher risks for health problems such as heart disease

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What Is Dementia

Symptoms, Types, and Diagnosis. Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning — thinking, remembering, and reasoning — to such an extent that it interferes with a person's daily life and activities. Some people with dementia cannot control their emotions, and their personalities may change. Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage

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Resources for Health Care Professionals National

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, provides a wide range of health in formation articles and resources on aging and conditions associated with growing older. NIA leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of …

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What Is Menopause

Vaginal health and sexuality. After menopause, the vagina may become drier, which can make sexual intercourse uncomfortable. Read about options for addressing vaginal pain during sex in Sex and Menopause: Treatment for Symptoms. You may also find that your feelings about sex are changing. You could be less interested, or you could feel freer

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National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP

The National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP) is a longitudinal, population-based study of health and social factors, aiming to understand the well-being of older, community-dwelling Americans by examining the interactions among physical health and illness, medication use, cognitive function, emotional health, sensory function, health behaviors, social connectedness, sexuality

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Looking for Non-English Health Information

Visit MedlinePlus, from the National Library of Medicine for free multilingual, multicultural health information and patient education materials. Browse publications from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and other parts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for facts about heart health, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, exercise

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All About the Flu and How to Prevent It National

Flu is a mild illness for some people. For older people, especially those who have health problems like diabetes or heart disease, the flu can be very serious, even life-threatening. How serious is the flu? Most people who get the flu feel much better in a …

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Food Safety National Institute on Aging

Health problems, like diabetes or kidney disease, also make you more likely to get sick from eating foods that are unsafe. So be careful about how food is prepared and stored. Some foods present higher risks than others. Here are some tips on selecting lower-risk food options:

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Mouse Health Reports National Institute on Aging

The health reports for the C57BL/6, BALB/c, CB6F1 mice are accessible three different ways, organized by species, strain or barrier from the index page. The barriers used for each NIA colony are indicated on the species, strain and barrier pages. The NIA C57BL/6, BALB/c, CB6F1 aged mouse colonies are housed in barrier rooms K63, K95 and R12.

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HIV, AIDS, and Older Adults National Institute on Aging

Your doctor or other health care provider can test you for HIV or tell you where you can get tested. Or, the following resources can help you find a testing location: HIV testing and care locator; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or call 800-232 …

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What Is a Heart Attack

Look up the definitions of unfamiliar heart health terms in the Heart Health Glossary. A heart attack is an emergency. Learn the warning signs of a heart attack. The signs can include: Crushing chest pain or pressure and/or discomfort or pain elsewhere in the upper body, neck, or arms; Nausea;

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Vascular Dementia: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Vascular Dementia Health Topic. This overview from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) on vascular dementia links to more information on clinical trials and related health topics. Multi-Infarct Dementia Information Page. This NINDS webpage provides an overview of vascular dementia caused by multiple, often “silent,” strokes.

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People remember health risk information better after

Adults remember health-related risk information better after being asked to imagine a personally relevant story, according to an NIA-supported project at Duke University. The researchers noted that their personalized imagination technique was …

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Exercise & Physical Activity For Healthy Aging Get Fit For

health. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND EXERCISE? Physical activity . refers to any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy . Exercise. is a form of physical activity that is planned, structured, repetitive and performed with the goal of improving health or ftness Although all exercise is physical

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Health Disparities and Aging NIA

Health Disparities are differences in any health-related factor — disease burden, diagnosis, response to treatment, quality of life, health behaviors and access to care, to name only a few — that exist among population groups. Health disparities are associated with a broad, complex, and interrelated array of factors, and may reflect: Age; Race

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Digital Health and Sensing Technologies National

The NIA Office of Small Business Research supports small businesses who aim to develop digital health and sensing technologies that address factors that impact the aging population, as well as related conditions like Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and AD-related dementias.

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Exercise and Physical Activity Tracking Tools National

Weekly Exercise and Physical Activity Plan (PDF, 345K) Use this form to make your own exercise and physical activity plan — one you think you really can manage. Update your plan as you progress. Try to include all 4 types of exercise — endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Goal-Setting Worksheet (PDF, 691K)

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Frequently Asked Questions About Palliative Care

The palliative care team works to prevent or ease suffering, improve quality of life for both the patient and their family, and help patients and their families make difficult health care decisions. When a patient decides to forgo treatment for their serious illness or is near the end of life, they may decide to enter hospice care (see more below).

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Researchers caution against associating animal with human

We all know many human health research studies start with lab animal models. NIA researchers caution that, when it comes to the common metabolic measure of fasting blood glucose, we can’t assume that what applies to mice will apply to humans.

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A new strategy for Alzheimer’s disease treatment targets

A new strategy that targets cell-wide protein malfunction shows promise for Alzheimer’s disease and brain cancers, according to a study published in Nature Communications on Aug. 3. The strategy has been used to create novel biomarkers and therapeutics, with a Phase 2 clinical trial for use in Alzheimer’s disease already underway.. The scientists behind the study are part of an NIA-funded

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Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia National

Basics of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. It is the most common cause of dementia in older adults. While dementia is more common as people grow older, it is not a

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Informed Consent Document Template and Guidelines

Your health information may be shared with a public health authority that is authorized by law to collect or receive such information for the purpose of preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability, and conducting public health surveillance, investigations or interventions.

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Bladder health National Institute on Aging

Bladder Health for Older Adults. Common bladder problems in older adults include urinary tract infections (UTIs), urinary incontinence, and bladder cancer. Learn about the signs and causes.

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National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) National

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) is a new resource for the scientific study of functioning in later life. The NHATS is being conducted by the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, with data collection by Westat, and support from the NIA. In design and content, NHATS is intended to foster research that will guide efforts to reduce disability, maximize

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Molecular Methods (for Health ABC AS01-21, Ferrell project

Molecular Methods (for Health ABC AS01-21, Ferrell project) Because there is limited amount of DNA on each participant, we initially “bulked up” the genomic DNA via whole genome amplification, using the Genomiphi Kits (product #25660002) from Amersham Biosciences, 800 …

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Activities To Do With a Family Member or Friend Who Has

Learn more about the importance of staying socially connected for health and well-being as we age. Activities to do with children. Read stories out loud. Look through a photo album. Paint with watercolors or draw a picture. Play with building blocks. Listen to music or sing. Make tie-dye shirts.

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Scientific Workforce Diversity and Health Disparities

NIA works to diversify the aging research workforce, both within our institute and through the grantees we support. Additionally, we are committed to eliminating health disparities in research through a variety of ways, including novel recruitment initiatives to incorporate diverse …

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