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Weight gain is a common “side effect” of aging. Medications and decreased activity are two factors that can contribute. You probably don’t have to lose as much weight as you think to improve your health. Simply maintaining a healthy weight—or dropping just a few pounds if necessary—can be worthwhile. Information about calories, nutrition and exercise… Read More »
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Holidays can be meaningful, enriching times for both the person with Alzheimer’s disease and his or her family. Maintaining or adapting family rituals and traditions helps all family members feel a sense of belonging and family identity. For a person with Alzheimer’s, this link with a familiar past is reassuring. However, when celebrations, special events, or holidays… Read More »
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) are collaborating on the Recruiting Older Adults into Research (ROAR) project to encourage older adults and their family caregivers, including underrepresented populations, to consider participating in research. Organizations can join this project and collaborate with… Read More »
The National Cancer Institute has developed a website, SmokeFree.gov, full of free resources to help smokers as they strategize to quit as well as those who are helping others as they work to become smoke free. Different people need different resources as they try to quit smoking cigarettes. At the top of the home web page,… Read More »
The National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) have collaborated to develop the “Your Best Shot” vaccine video series. These videos highlight the importance of vaccines across the lifespan. Each video focuses on a particular disease such as whooping cough, shingles, and pneumococcal disease. Viewing these videos… Read More »
NIH News in Health publishes special issues of collections of past popular stories that have been updated and reviewed. Two new collections have been released. Checkout the parenting issue and seniors issue. You can download a PDF to share with others and there are also a limited number of print copies available upon request. … Read More »
Do you live alone with no family or no family nearby? Do you have few friends to rely on? You might be an “Elder Orphan” or as some prefer, “Solo Ager”. Elder orphans are a growing number of Americans, according to a report by AARP, and this vulnerable population will continue to increase. Growing older… Read More »
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), Office on Women’s Health (OWH), and the American College of Preventive Medicine is hosting the 2018 Healthy Aging Summit, July 16-17, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Medical alert systems—where the press of a wearable call button puts you in touch with a dispatcher who can summon emergency help or contact a friend or family member—may offer some reassurance. If you’re considering such a system, which should you choose? The wide variety of features, service options, and fees can make it challenging to… Read More »
Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Promoting February as American Heart Month, they have these suggestions. Heart disease can be prevented, and you can lower your risk by being more active. Endurance,… Read More »
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