Tag Archives: Aging

Mental health issues of older adults can go beyond depression

Liz Seegert

About Liz Seegert

Liz Seegert (@lseegert), is AHCJ’s topic editor on aging. Her work has appeared in Kaiser Health News, The Atlantic.com, New America Media, AARP.com, Practical Diabetology and Home Care Technology report. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College in New York City, and co-produces HealthStyles for WBAI-FM/Pacifica Radio.

Photo: Esti Alvarez via Flickr

Photo: Esti Alvarez via Flickr

The National Council on Aging defines mental disorders as “health conditions that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood or behavior (or some combination thereof), associated with distress and/or impaired functioning.”

As the U.S. population ages, the need for mental and behavioral health services is increasing. Continue reading

Choices earlier in life are key to aging well, retaining functional ability #AHCJ16

Tara Bannow

About Tara Bannow

Tara Bannow (@TaraBannow covers medicine, health finance, health policy, fitness and nutrition for The Bulletin, a daily newspaper in Bend, Ore.

Photo: Tara BannowColin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging and publisher of the Journal of Active Aging, carried an audience member on his back to demonstrate the effects of carrying extra weight.

Photo: Tara BannowColin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging and publisher of the Journal of Active Aging, carried an audience member on his back to demonstrate the effects of carrying extra weight.

Saturday’s “Aging well” panel at Health Journalism 2016 featured what might well be a first for the Association of Health Care Journalists’ annual conference: a piggyback ride.

Colin Milner, chief executive officer of the International Council on Active Aging and publisher of the Journal of Active Aging, implored an audience member to hop on his back. He proceeded to pace around for a few minutes, remarking that he was feeling the effects of carrying extra weight.

“What happened with John hopping on my back is what happens in real life,” Milner said. “By midlife, we begin losing our functional abilities.” Continue reading

Taking a fresh look at nutrition for older adults

Liz Seegert

About Liz Seegert

Liz Seegert (@lseegert), is AHCJ’s topic editor on aging. Her work has appeared in Kaiser Health News, The Atlantic.com, New America Media, AARP.com, Practical Diabetology and Home Care Technology report. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College in New York City, and co-produces HealthStyles for WBAI-FM/Pacifica Radio.

Photo: Mister G.C. via Flickr

Photo: Mister G.C. via Flickr

New paradigms are needed to address our growing understanding of the physiology of aging and how it affects the nutrient needs for older adults. That’s the conclusion of a recent report from the Institute of Medicine.

Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults” highlights key takeaways from a workshop that included a who’s-who of nutrition experts. The presentation summaries provide critical insights into the dietary and nutritional needs of the elderly. Continue reading

Homeless get ‘older’ at younger ages than their peers, research says

Liz Seegert

About Liz Seegert

Liz Seegert (@lseegert), is AHCJ’s topic editor on aging. Her work has appeared in Kaiser Health News, The Atlantic.com, New America Media, AARP.com, Practical Diabetology and Home Care Technology report. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College in New York City, and co-produces HealthStyles for WBAI-FM/Pacifica Radio.

Neil Moralee via Flickr

Photo: Neil Moralee via Flickr

Homeless people in their 50s have more geriatric conditions than those who are decades older but have a roof over their heads, according to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Because of prolonged exposure to stress, those living in poverty often experience premature aging, also known as weathering. Weathering can dramatically impact those without stable housing, causing individuals to prematurely age by 10 to 20 years beyond their chronological age. In addition to premature aging, the stress of homelessness affects morbidity and mortality. Continue reading

Aging well: Innovative approaches for boomers and beyond #AHCJ16

Liz Seegert

About Liz Seegert

Liz Seegert (@lseegert), is AHCJ’s topic editor on aging. Her work has appeared in Kaiser Health News, The Atlantic.com, New America Media, AARP.com, Practical Diabetology and Home Care Technology report. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College in New York City, and co-produces HealthStyles for WBAI-FM/Pacifica Radio.

aging-hikersWe baby boomers were lucky to grow up when we did. We came of age during an era of progress. The Beatles … and Woodstock. Civil rights … and women’s rights. We saw men land on the moon and journalism unmask a president’s illegal actions.

Boomers also experienced a time of tremendous advances in science and medicine. We benefited from new vaccines to ward off measles and polio. Learned about the dangers of cholesterol, trans fats and smoking. Vowed to eat right and exercise. Continue reading