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Happening Today: Women’s Health and Aging: Expert Q&A

To kick off National Women’s Health Week, NIA and the Office on Women’s Health will host a YouTube live Q&A on women’s health and aging. During the event, experts will discuss popular women’s health topics, including menopause, osteoporosis, and cognitive health, and answer your questions live. Visit NIA’s YouTube page at 1 p.m. ET on Monday, MayContinue reading “Happening Today: Women’s Health and Aging: Expert Q&A”

Daily Multivitamin Use and Cognition in Older Adults

An NIA-funded research team at Wake Forest University School of Medicine aimed to fill the gaps in our understanding of multivitamins and flavanols — compounds found in high levels in unprocessed cocoa — and their effects on cognition. The study examined more than 2,200 participants, ages 65 and older, who enrolled in the study fromContinue reading “Daily Multivitamin Use and Cognition in Older Adults”

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”