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National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health - NIA

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Building 31, Room 5C27
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292

Bethesda, MD 20892

301-496-1752 (Voice)
301-496-1072 (FAX)
800-222-4225 (Voice - TTY)


NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research. The Institute's mission is to: •Support and conduct genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans. •Foster the development of research and clinician scientists in aging. •Communicate information about aging and advances in research on aging to the scientific community, health care providers, and the public.

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Print Resources

NIA publishes brochures and a series of fact sheets called Age Pages, covering such topics as menopause, nutrition, arthritis, cancer, aging, constipation, crime, diabetes, exercise, hearing, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, medicines, senility, flu, urinary incontinence, skin care, and dental care. For a listing of over 60 free publications, write or call the National Institute on Aging Information Center, 1-800-222-2225, P.O. Box 8057, Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8057. For information on Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders, contact: National Institute on Aging Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, P.O. Box 8250, Silver Spring, MD 20907 1-800-438-4380.

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Review Date

Thu Aug 11, 2011