National Institute On Aging

Research organizations team up for large-scale senior fall prevention study

Research organizations team up for large-scale senior fall prevention study

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Two research organizations are teaming up for a major study to reduce the number of fall-related injuries among seniors. Provider input is requested.

Appreciation for a pioneer in elder weight theory

Appreciation for a pioneer in elder weight theory

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There's something comforting about an expert on aging living to 89. I'm not saying that gerontologist Reubin Andres had all the answers, or that we should see him as the sole test case of proving his theories. But his longevity helps.

Aging population strains U.S. economic outlook

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The growing proportion of Americans over the age of 65 could have dramatic long-term financial consequences on the nation, putting safety-net programs on an unsustainable course, a new report suggests.

Sleep disturbance patterns might predict long-term care facility placement, study reveals

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Older women with disturbed and fragmented sleep were three times more likely to be placed in a long-term care facility than elderly women with healthier sleep patterns, new research finds.

Lonely elders at increased risk for physical decline, death, study finds

Lonely elders at increased risk for physical decline, death, study finds

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Seniors who self-identify as being lonely are at a higher risk for physical decline, death and admission to a nursing home, new research suggests.

New initiatives needed to build skilled caregiver workforce

New initiatives needed to build skilled caregiver workforce

The aging of the American population and the healthcare issues that go with it are creating a demographic earthquake that will shake our current system of healthcare to the core. We are on our way to becoming a nation of caregivers, a job description we are largely unprepared to fill.

AFrame Digital receives tech grant

The National Institute on Aging has awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to AFrame Digital, the company announced. The more than $1 million grant will support a two-year study to evaluate the use of novel mobile technologies to improve remote health and wellness monitoring of seniors. In all, 90 adults, aged 65 years and older (including 60 with congestive heart failure) will be monitored for six months each. Investigators will focus on the usability of the system by and for seniors, and its ability to easily monitor health status in order to reduce the likelihood of unplanned medical events.

More seniors are living past age 90, report states

The number of Americans over the age of 90 has tripled in thirty years, reaching 1.9 million in 2010, according to a new report. That means long-term care facilities are increasingly seeing older, sicker residents.

Federal funding for age-related diseases and illnesses is declining, report finds

Federal funding for age-related diseases and illnesses is declining, report finds

One of the realities of the national budget crisis is that government funding for age-related health conditions — particularly Alzheimer's — is drying up, says a new report from the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

Alzheimer's groups announce new diagnostic criteria and biomarkers

New diagnostic criteria and new biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease should go a long way in helping physicians catch the disease earlier and develop therapies faster, according to new guidelines released by the Alzheimer's Association and the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Aging.

Butler, champion of seniors' health, dies at 83

Dr. Robert Butler, founding director of the National Institute of Aging and a lifelong seniors' health advocate, died Sunday from complications due to acute leukemia. He was 83.