Covering LGBT aging can be an exercise in frustration for journalists. Though more older adults are living openly as LGBT these days, health data on this segment of the population often is missing from government reports and statistics, according to Matthew Bajko, assistant editor at the Bay Area Reporter.
While waiting for a shuttle bus at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in Orlando, I met a fellow conference attendee who worked for a drug company. When he mentioned his company was researching a vaccine for a viral infection called respiratory syncytial virus, commonly known as RSV, I had to scratch my head.
I stupidly thought it was one of those recently concocted pseudo-conditions drug companies occasionally tout to market new products. Continue reading
When older women get divorced, their new status often puts both their financial future and health at risk than that of older divorced men, a variety of studies have documented.
Researchers at Bowling Green State University in Ohio recently found gray divorced women suffered the most economically, with more than one-quarter (27 percent) of them classified as poor. Just 11 percent of gray divorced men are in poverty. Never-married women also suffer economically in their later years, with 25 percent living in poverty. Continue reading
The Washington, D.C., chapter of AHCJ held an event about Medicaid in late October with Matt Salo, who leads the National Association of Medicaid Directors; Cindy Mann, who until January was the top U.S. official in charge of Medicaid at HHS and now works at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; and Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families.
Here are some of their insights and story ideas that can help reporters keep this story fresh. Continue reading
Thanks to a variety of antiretroviral medications available, especially the widely used HAART combination therapy, those who contracted HIV/AIDS from the 1990s on and have been able to maintain drug compliance, are aging longer with the disease, something that is recognized with National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day each year on Sept. 18. Continue reading