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Check out these articles for the latest in aging advances and research happening at the National Institute on Aging at NIH:
- Combination of healthy lifestyle traits may substantially reduce Alzheimer’s disease risk — Data from two NIA-funded study populations show 60% lower risk among those with highest number of healthy behaviors.
- Higher levels of education may help preserve memory in the face of accumulating age-related brain pathology — An NIA-funded study using data from a large, racially and ethnically diverse sample of older adults supports the hypothesis that more education predicts better memory later in life through better cognitive reserve.
- Researchers test new approaches to prevent delirium in older adults — Developed with NIA support, two multipronged strategies that provide patients with appropriate medical care, physical and mental engagement, and emotional support have been shown to prevent delirium.
- Stress hormone levels in aging wild chimpanzees mirrors that of humans — Findings by NIA-supported researchers from a 20-year study of animals in their natural environment suggest that rather than a consequence of other factors (such as environment or lifestyle), increases in stress hormones are a normal part of aging.
- People with dementia and their families disproportionally handle costs of care — Using NIA-funded nationally representative longitudinal data, researchers compared costs over time by dementia status and by residential status.
- Funding opportunities: COVID-19 testing for underserved populations — NIA supports the launch of Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics, or RADx, to catalyze the scientific community to improve COVID-19 testing technologies, capacity, and accessibility.
- NIA deputy director to present live exercise demonstration for NIH “Coping with COVID-19” series — NIA Deputy Director Marie A. Bernard, M.D., features exercises that older adults can do in their own home on “Coping with COVID-19 Livestream: Staying Physically Active During the Pandemic.”