Today, the population in the world is older than ever before. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH supports and conducts research to better understand the aging process, as well as diseases and conditions that can occur as we grow older, such as Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Watch this video to learn more about NIA’s mission, history and research that has led to important scientific discoveries about healthy aging.

NIA and the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease

Fighting Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is a priority at NIH and other Federal agencies, across the Nation, and throughout much of the world. In the United States, attention to Alzheimer’s disease took on heightened interest with passage of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA). Signed into law by President Obama in January 2011, the Act calls for an aggressive and coordinated national plan to accelerate research on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and to provide better clinical care and services for people living with dementia and their families.