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Coretopic:Aging

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Topic overview

The aging of America, the most significant demographic trend of our time, has profound implications for health institutions, families, workplaces, communities, the economy, even the very concept of a normal life trajectory.

The trend accelerated as the first of 78 million baby boomers began reaching the age of 65 in 2011. By 2030, almost one in every five Americans will be 65 or older, up from about one in eight today. By 2050, 88.5 million Americans will be 65 or older, up from 40.2 million in 2010.

The health care implications are enormous, as seniors consume more medical care and account for a larger share of the nation’s health care spending than any other age group. Especially vulnerable are the “oldest old” – people 85 and above, who tend to be more frail and have more significant medical needs. This group is expected to expand from 5.8 million people in 2010 to an estimated 19 million in 2050.

Reporters on the aging beat will want to follow how scientific and medical advances contribute to better health and longer lives for older adults in the years ahead.

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Video

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Palliative Care and the Human Connection: Ten Steps for What To Say and&nbsp;Do<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Dr. Diane E. Meier is Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the United States. In this video, Dr. Meier discusses 10 important steps in palliative care from over a decade of research. This video will serve as a valuable training tool and guide for medical professionals and their families. Under her leadership the number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals has more than doubled in the last 5 years.

What is Palliative&nbsp;Care<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care Director, Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Aging With Diversity in&nbsp;Sharon<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

With one of the area's most diverse senior populations, Sharon has many older residents who are Chinese, Indian, and Russian. They are eager to be a part of the community and many volunteer and socialize at monthly luncheons run by the Sharon Council on Aging and HESSCO Elder Services. Wellness programs, ethnic food, and entertainment are a big draw.

The Aging&nbsp;Brain<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

New studies show that adding creativity and challenging your brain could actually add years to your life. There is evidence that intensive involvement in the arts helped to improve the mental health, physical health, and overall quality of life for the participants. Get more health information about the brain from U.S. News at http://health.usnews.com/sections/health/brain-and-behavior/index.html

When The Mind Says&nbsp;Goodbye<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Over 5 million adults in the U.S. are now living with dementia. This is the story of my mom and dad, George and Adriana Cuevas.

"In My Mother's Eyes (A Alzheimer's story)" by Tom&nbsp;Tripp<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

In 1992 my mother was diagnosed with having Dementia.....I took care of my mother during that time...In 2002 she entered a nursing home where she could receive 24 hour care..this is her story... "In My Mother's Eye" a story one women's struggle with Dementia Words written by Tom Tripp and music ('In The Arms Of An Angel') Written by Sarah McLachlan and Josh Groban

Donna Shalala discusses health care reform and&nbsp;seniors<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

From the Aging in the 21st Century workshop held by the Association of Health Care Journalists in Coral Gables, Fla., in October 2009. More at http://www.healthjournalism.org/aging

Ken Dychtwald ASA Presentation 2010 Part 1 of&nbsp;2<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

In this impassioned keynote address - which was part of the general session of the March, 2010 joint convention of the American Society on Aging and the National Council on Aging, Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. (gerontologist, psychologist, documentary filmmaker and author) rages against America's unpreparedness for the aging of our society, challenges our misaligned healthcare system, sounds a wake-up call to our financially irresponsible population, questions the new purpose of aging and lambasts our leaders for their shortsightedness in public policies pertaining to the age wave.

Ken Dychtwald ASA Presentation 2010 Part 2 of&nbsp;2<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

National Council on Aging, Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. (gerontologist, psychologist, documentary filmmaker and author) rages against America's unpreparedness for the aging of our society, challenges our misaligned healthcare system, sounds a wake-up call to our financially irresponsible population, questions the new purpose of aging and lambasts our leaders for their shortsightedness in public policies pertaining to the age wave.

Creative Longevity and&nbsp;Wisdom<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

In anticipation of the International Conference on Positive Aging, December 7-10, 2010 in Los Angeles, this film sets forth some of the key themes to be discussed at the conference, such as: what does it take to age well? What does Creative Longevity mean? And what do we need to accomplish ourselves, and in our communities, to ensure that aging is a positive experience? The film, which was produced by the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University, features leading scholars on the subject, including Profs. Valerie Bentz, Connie Corley, Katrina Rogers and author and motivational speaker Connie Goldman. For more information about the conference, please visit www.positiveaging.fielding.edu. For more information about Fielding and the Institute for Social Innovation, please visit www.fielding.edu.

Longevity Genes (1 of 5): Nir Barzilai,&nbsp;M.D.<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Nir Barzilai, M.D., Principal Investigator http://www.einstein.yu.edu - The Longevity Genes Project at Einstein is a study of more than 500 healthy centenarians, near-centenarians and their children. In this video, principal investigator Dr. Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research and director of the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, discusses the findings to date. Dr. Barzilai also explains his personal and professional quest for ways to significantly delay age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and to help people live longer, healthier lives. See News Release. http://www.einstein.yu.edu/home/news.asp?ID=582

Longevity Genes (1 of 5): Nir Barzilai,&nbsp;M.D.<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Nir Barzilai, M.D., Principal Investigator http://www.einstein.yu.edu - The Longevity Genes Project at Einstein is a study of more than 500 healthy centenarians, near-centenarians and their children. In this video, principal investigator Dr. Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research and director of the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, discusses the findings to date. Dr. Barzilai also explains his personal and professional quest for ways to significantly delay age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and to help people live longer, healthier lives. See News Release. http://www.einstein.yu.edu/home/news.asp?ID=582

Global aging: key challenges, solutions &&nbsp;opportunities<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

One key issue addressed at the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) was the rapidly increasing global aging population; and how to prepare for its profound impact on global health, as well as the direct economic, social and political implications. Global experts from the WEF Global Agenda Council on Ageing led this discussion in Davos and presented a new report outlining key challenges/opportunities associated with global aging, including how to improve healthy aging through the innovation of global health systems and investment in long-term health options; as well as specific initiatives to seize the social and economic opportunity created by the aging population.

Longevity Genes (1 of 5): Nir Barzilai,&nbsp;M.D.<br /><span>uploaded April 17, 2015</span>

Nir Barzilai, M.D., Principal Investigator http://www.einstein.yu.edu - The Longevity Genes Project at Einstein is a study of more than 500 healthy centenarians, near-centenarians and their children. In this video, principal investigator Dr. Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research and director of the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, discusses the findings to date. Dr. Barzilai also explains his personal and professional quest for ways to significantly delay age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and to help people live longer, healthier lives. See News Release. http://www.einstein.yu.edu/home/news.asp?ID=582

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Calendar

Upcoming events on Aging from the AHCJ calendar.

  • Feb
    9

    White House Conference on Aging regional forums

    The White House Conference on Aging is launching a series of regional forums to engage older Americans, their families and communities on the key issues affecting older Americans. Cities include Tampa, Phoenix, Seattle, Cleveland, Boston.

  • May
    1

    National Older Americans Month

    National Older Americans Month honors the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA).

  • May
    7

    23rd Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine

    Over 3,000 health care practitioners, both domestic and international, will convene for the 23rd World Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. 

  • May
    15

    American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting & Expo

    The AGS Annual Scientific Meeting will address the latest information on clinical care, research on aging, and innovative models of care delivery.

  • May
    18

    The Creative Age: Creativity and Aging in America

    This conference from the National Center on Creative Aging will have sessions for arts administrators, teaching artists, aging service providers, caregivers, educators, and those in social services.

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