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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”

Studying Climate Change’s Impact on Older Adults

Emerald Nguyen, Social and Behavioral Science Administrator, Division of Behavioral and Social Research As our nation observes Earth Day this week, NIA recognizes that far too many people continue to struggle due to climate change and related weather conditions. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to better understand the science of changing climates and theirContinue reading “Studying Climate Change’s Impact on Older Adults”

Volunteers needed for studies to advance dementia research

Interested in volunteering for research on Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, and cognitive health? Learn about new and featured studies below or search for clinical trials and studies near you with the Alzheimers.gov Clinical Trials Finder. New and featured studies Click on the trial name for details and contact information. Behavioral Symptoms MEMORI Corps: Activity-Based Companion Care forContinue reading “Volunteers needed for studies to advance dementia research”

Infographic: 5 Tips to Help You Stay Motivated to exercise

Being physically active is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your health and independence as you age. Physical activity can help boost your health and improve your mood. However, even if you know the benefits of physical activity, it’s not always easy to stay motivated to exercise. Keep these tipsContinue reading “Infographic: 5 Tips to Help You Stay Motivated to exercise”

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 February 2022) by clicking on theContinue reading “New Funding Opportunities from NIA”

Add Key Vitamins to Your Diet by Eating These Foods

Vitamins have different jobs to help keep the body working properly. Some vitamins help you resist infections and keep your nerves healthy, while others may help your body get energy from food or help your blood clot properly. Most older adults can get all the nutrients they need from foods. Here are a few examplesContinue reading “Add Key Vitamins to Your Diet by Eating These Foods”

How Alzheimer’s Caregivers Can Help a Loved One Cope with Changes in Intimacy

Alzheimer’s disease can cause changes in intimacy for a person with the disease as well as their caregivers. Most people with Alzheimer’s disease need to feel that someone loves and cares about them. As a caregiver, here are a few ways to help someone with Alzheimer’s cope with changes in intimacy Let the person knowContinue reading “How Alzheimer’s Caregivers Can Help a Loved One Cope with Changes in Intimacy”

Personality Traits Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease Markers in the Brain

NIA-supported researchers found that people whose personalities were less neurotic and more conscientious tended to have lower levels of amyloid and tau deposits – markers of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain. Researchers analyzed data from the NIA Intramural Research Program’s Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, while also performing a larger meta-analysis of 12 other studies thatContinue reading “Personality Traits Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease Markers in the Brain”