Congress established the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health in 1974 to lead a national scientific effort to understand the nature of aging in order to promote the health and well-being of older adults. The Institute was subsequently designated as the lead within NIH for Alzheimer’s disease research. The National Institute on Aging is one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the NIH, a component of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
The Institutes 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 scientist in aging.
- Provide research resources.
- Communicate information about aging advances in research on Aging to the scientific Community, Healthcare Providers, and the public.
I copied and pasted this from the NIA Strategic Directions 2016