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National Institute on Aging (NIA)

For Immediate Release
Friday, September 7, 2007

Vicky Cahan, NIA

NIA Offers New Spanish-Language Website

Accurate, up-to-date information on health issues affecting Hispanic seniors is now available online in Spanish from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The user-friendly website has information on a wide range of health topics, including diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer and diabetes. Helpful tips on choosing a doctor and maintaining a healthy lifestyle also are available at www.nia.nih.gov/Espanol.

The website offers free publications in Spanish, as well as links to other health-related, Spanish-language websites such as Medicare and MedlinePlus. Publications include La enfermedad de Alzheimer: Desentrañando el misterio, El ejercicio y su salud, Accidente cerebrovascular, Conversando con su médico and Cuidado a largo plazo. These materials have been carefully adapted into Spanish and reviewed by Hispanic seniors.

Making health information available to minority elders is a vital part of NIA's outreach to older adults. The older population in the United States is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of older Hispanic adults in the United States is expected to increase from 6 percent in 2003 to 11 percent by 2030.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) leads the federal government effort conducting and supporting research on the biomedical and social and behavioral aspects of aging and the problems of older people. For more information on aging-related research and the NIA, please visit the NIA website at www.nia.nih.gov.

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