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Eileen Beal

About Eileen Beal

Eileen Beal, M.A., has been covering health care and aging since the late 1990s. She's written several health-related books. including "Age Well!" with geriatrician Robert Palmer, and her work has appeared in Aging Today, Arthritis Today,WebMD and other publications.

Understanding and covering the evolving landscape of the ‘good’ death

road-to-cleveland-2Until the 1920s, most Americans died relatively quickly and at home, surrounded by things and people – including their minister, priest or rabbi – they knew and who knew them. And, because they died where they lived, and among those who cared for them, the fear, pain, relief and release that death brought was common knowledge.

Today, however, death and the dying process are a mystery to most Americans. Only rarely, and usually in a crisis situation, do we get a peek behind the curtain at the anger, fear, pain, guilt, yearning, etc., that dying people experience, whether they are being cared for in a health care facility or at home. Continue reading

Flying into Cleveland for #AHCJ16? Take the Red Line to downtown

road-to-cleveland-2When you fly into Cleveland Hopkins Airport for Health Journalism 2016, you can get to your downtown hotel by taking a $40-$45 taxi ride, or you can book a seat on a shuttle for $35 one way and $60 round trip. Both will use Interstate 71, so you’ll see zip-nada-nothing of Cleveland’s interesting landscape until you are almost there.

Or you could follow the ground transport signs down to the light rail station and take the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s Red Line train (which locals call “the rapid”) into Cleveland. It runs every 15 minutes (except between midnight and 4 a.m., when it runs less frequently) and provides fast, cheap and scenic service between the airport and Terminal Tower in downtown Cleveland. Continue reading

Take the opportunity to tour a world-class medical history museum

road-to-cleveland-2The seed for the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum was planted in 1894 by the Cleveland Medical Library Association. Initially what is now the museum was a repository for local doctors’ collections.

Today The Dittrick (which is what locals call it) is an internationally respected museum with exhibits and programs that showcase:

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The Road to Cleveland: Haven’t booked your hotel yet?

road-to-cleveland-2If you haven’t already booked your hotel for Health Journalism 2016, you should do so immediately.

While the conference hotel, Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center, has officially sold out of our room block, a few rooms for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights might still be available at the heavily discounted rate if you go through AHCJ’s training coordinator, Ev Ruch-Graham (ev@healthjournalism.org or 573-884-8103).

As of this writing, the folks at the conference hotel, Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center (216-696-9200) say they have plenty of rooms available for $249 (plus Cleveland’s 16.5 percent bed tax). The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel (216-606-5600), a five-minute walk across Public Square to the Marriott and a six-minute walk to the Cleveland Convention Center, still has rooms available at pretty close to what the conference rate was, but only if you book and pay for it now.

The Cleveland International Film Festival begins March 30 and runs through April 10. It’s a big event. Many of the festival’s big-draw films will be screening at Tower City. Many people involved in the films and the festival will – if they haven’t already booked their accommodations – be competing for the rooms you want. Continue reading

Resources for covering HIV/AIDS in the aging population

Aging Awareness Day. September 18th.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

Conference offers occasion, sources to report on key issues of aging

The Older Americans Act – signed into law on July 14, 1965 – mandated a national conference on aging every 10 years. I’ve attended the past two White House Conferences on Aging (1995, 2005), and this decade’s event is far different from the previous ones.

This conference was preceded by five, one-day, invitation-only “forums;” prior conferences featured hundreds of federally sanctioned local events. At the one-day forums, mornings were spent listening to national and local experts, then attendees separated into special interest groups for the afternoon to discuss – and then report back on – one of four designated topics. Here is how one attendee assessed the forum in Boston. Continue reading