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Tip Sheet: Participating in Activities You Enjoy As You Age

As you grow older, you may spend more time at home alone. Being lonely or socially isolated is not good for your overall health. If you find yourself spending a lot of time alone, try participating in activities you find meaningful — those that create a sense of purpose in your daily life. These canContinue reading “Tip Sheet: Participating in Activities You Enjoy As You Age”

Midlife Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Levels May be Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s disease

Previous studies have explored whether known risk factors for cardiovascular disease in adults 55 years and older — including diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol — are linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. In this study, NIA-funded researchers found that abnormal cholesterol and glucose (or blood sugar) levels in people as young asContinue reading “Midlife Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Levels May be Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s disease”

Managing Personality and Behavior Changes in Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease causes brain cells to die, so the brain works less well over time. This changes how a person acts. This article has suggestions that may help you understand and cope with changes in personality and behavior in a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Common Changes in Personality and Behavior Common personality and behavior changes youContinue reading “Managing Personality and Behavior Changes in Alzheimer’s”

Problemas médicos comunes en las personas con Alzheimer

A medida que pasa el tiempo, una persona con Alzheimer puede tener otros problemas médicos, al igual que todas las personas. Estos problemas pueden causar más confusión y cambios en su conducta. Es posible que la persona no tenga la capacidad de decirle qué es lo que le pasa. Esté atento a signos de otras enfermedades yContinue reading “Problemas médicos comunes en las personas con Alzheimer”

Lifestyle Changes that May Help Lower Your Risk for Dementia

Many factors may influence your risk of dementia, including your genes, environment, and lifestyle. You can’t change some factors, but as with many diseases, there may be steps you can take to help lower your risk of dementia. Consider incorporating these healthy behaviors into your lifestyle: Eat a healthy diet. Aim for a mix ofContinue reading “Lifestyle Changes that May Help Lower Your Risk for Dementia”

New Funding Opportunities from NIA

Recent funding opportunities and notices This alert links to all of the Funding Opportunity Announcements and Notices published by the National Institute on Aging at NIH in the previous month, giving researchers and trainees a heads up about what’s new. Read about the latest NIA Funding Opportunities (published in April 2022) by clicking on theContinue reading “New Funding Opportunities from NIA”

How to Exercise with Chronic Pain

When you have chronic pain, exercising safely may help with managing your pain. In fact, being inactive can sometimes lead to a cycle of more pain and loss of function. A few things to consider when starting exercise with chronic pain: Consider a combination of different exercises, focusing on endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Talk withContinue reading “How to Exercise with Chronic Pain”

Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease: A Resource List

Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease occurs between a person’s 30s to mid-60s. It is rare, representing less than 10 percent of all people who have Alzheimer’s. People with this disorder are younger than those with late-onset Alzheimer’s and face different issues, such as dealing with disability at work, raising children, and finding the right support groups. This resourceContinue reading “Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease: A Resource List”

Workshop on Improving Models for Brain Aging and Alzheimer’s disease

Building better models of brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease Amanda DiBattista, Program Director, Division of Neuroscience Every moment counts in the pursuit of effective preventions and treatments for age-associated diseases affecting the brain. Capturing the essence of how aging and dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease affect the brain without the need to wait for agingContinue reading “Workshop on Improving Models for Brain Aging and Alzheimer’s disease”