Food Insecurity & Malnutrition
Battling COVID-19 in senior care settings
Reducing the cost and risk of dementia
Tackling long-term care
What Journalists Need to Know About Healthy Aging
What reporters should know about drug recalls, the FDA and drug manufacturing risks
Integrating health care with community-based options for chronically ill elders
Confronting self-perceptions of aging
Is aging a disease, and should we treat it as such?
Medicare: What would it take to add a dental benefit?
Engaging Alzheimer's: Tips from a dementia coach
The Healthspan Imperative: New frontiers in science of aging
Elder abuse and health: What you should know
Frailty and its impact on health
Samuel Durso, M.D., director of geriatric medicine and gerontology at Johns Hopkins, and Liz Seegert, AHCJ ‘s topic leader on aging, discussed the implications of frailty on health, what and how reporters should cover in their communities.
Getting dental care to elders in nursing homes
Medicare: Whose Entitlement Is It?
Aging and end-of-life care
Adapting to an aging society: Challenges and opportunities
In this webcast three members of the MacArthur Foundation Network discuss noteworthy trends and research in aging, including a recent study on troubling disparities in life expectancy that was featured on the front page of The New York Times.
What does the election mean for senior health?
“Frame of Mind: The Why and How of Reframing Aging”
This is part of a series of three videos to help aging advocates communicate more accurately about older people and the experience of aging. It is part of the Reframing Aging Initiative (RAI), a long-term social change endeavor designed to improve the public’s understanding of aging and the ways that older people contribute to society.
Better Health While Aging with Leslie Kernisan, MD
Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH, breaks down the latest information on COVID vaccine efficacy in older adults, the data on boosters, and how to stay safer during the impending Omicron surge. Learn why it may not be safe enough if everyone is "fully vaccinated" in the room, key steps to take to reduce risk during the holidays, and more. This video includes Dr. K walking viewers through the CDC data on COVID in vaccinated and unvaccinated adults, including data specific for people over age 65, and over 80. For Dr. K's latest updates on COVID and vaccination, see:
3:07 The current COVID situation in the US, including in nursing homes
5:41 The toll of the pandemic on people age 65
8:30 Common questions people have now
9:34 Demo: using the CDC's data graph to view COVID case stats in aging adults, by vaccine status
13:13 COVID hospitalizations, by age and by vaccine status
15:35 How to get actual numbers from the CDC on deaths and hospitalizations in older adults
21:55 Using CDC to roughly estimate the chance of dying of COVID, for different age groups
26:04 What to know about the safety of the vaccines
32:42 Why vaccinated older adults are at higher risk than unvaccinated younger adults
37:14 Factors that affect how well your vaccine protects you
39:34 What we know about vaccine waning and how breakthroughs happen
48:49 The data on boosters
57:30 What we know about Omicron
1:05:10 What we can do to get through the surge
1:09:51 FAQ: Shouldn't we learn to live our lives with COVID?
1:11:10 FAQ: Is it safe for grandchildren to visit fully vaccinated grandparents?
1:13:21 More FAQs
Health Conditions and an Older Population Increase COVID-19 Risks in Rural America
How menopause affects the brain - estrogen may play a key role in buildup of amaloyd plaque. Menopause brain is real, according to this TED Talk with neuroscientist Lisa Mosconi, Director of the Women’s Brain Initiative and Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC)/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where she serves as an Associate Professor of Neuroscience in Neurology and Radiology.
Tradeoffs with Dan Gorenstein: An episode that looks at how keeping older adults safe through isolation also may make their health worse.
Klobuchar unveils plan to address medical needs of America's aging population
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who is running for president, unveiled a plan on "CBS This Morning" on July 12, 2019,to provide a cure and treatment options for some of the most aggressive chronic conditions facing the country's elderly population, including Alzheimer's disease, by 2025. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate considers the issue to be one that hits close to home; her father has struggled with Alzheimer's.
For some older adults, group homes are a good alternative to more traditional institutional care like nursing homes. But workers who care for these seniors may at risk for all kinds of exploitation — like earning less than $2 an hour, being on call 24/7, with no days off, and worse. This investigation from Reveal sheds light on what is apparently a common practice in smaller facilities, which are often under-regulated or infrequently inspected.
Most people dread the inevitable declines associated with aging. But to hear the residents of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale tell it, senescence gets a bad rap. In Jenny Schweitzer Bell’s short documentary The Blessings of Aging, dozens of elderly people describe how their lives have improved in their twilight years.
Tony Wyss-Coray on young blood research
Tony Wyss-Coray, Professor of neurology at Stanford, and his team study immune and injury responses in aging and neurodegeneration. He theorized that that blood from young mice can rejuvenate brain tissue and improve cognitive performance in old mice. A small, early phase clinical trial in human subjects with Alzheimer’s has shown some promising results in the patients’ abilities to perform daily tasks, but had no effect on cognition or mood. This TEDTalk shares some of the research from his lab.
The Telomere Effect: How exercise, diet and sleep affect aging
Incredible aging - adding life to your years
Preview for PBS documentary featuring experts in longevity research, including S. Jay Olshansky, Steven Austad, Nathan LeBrasseur, Nir Barzali and others.
Demography of aging, changing expectations and how technology can help our aging global society
Himan Brown Symposium 2016 -Dr. Joseph Coughlin, MIT AgeLab from The New Jewish Home on Vimeo.
Dr. Joseph F. Coughlin, founder and director of the MIT AgeLab, spoke about technology and the future of aging at The New Jewish Home’s fourth annual Himan Brown Symposium on Advances in Senior Health. Video shared by The New Jewish Home, an elder care system in New York City.
What to do with the Longevity Bonus
Today’s heavy focus on health and wellness is only expected to increase in the future, leading to a type of “longevity bonus” that will see people living longer. But what will those later years look like? Baby boomers want their lives to mean something. Instead of stepping aside for younger generations, how will they give back to society? — talk from Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Age Wave.
Beating loneliness in old age
BBC Breakfast covers a potential answer to loneliness in older age Meet the inspirational women who are quite literally building themselves a future. This spring they'll move into the UK's first co-housing project designed by, and built for, older women. The video is on Facebook.
Breakthrough: The Age of Aging
Director Ron Howard looks at researchers who believe the real breakthrough is extending our health span, the period of life spent free of disease.
The program provides good explanations about slowing the aging process and, in turn, delaying or avoiding onset of many chronic diseases. Many of the experts have either spoken at AHCJ events or have been useful sources for reporters.
Health and aging around the world
Jay Bhattacharya, M.D., Ph.D., speaks about the Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging (CDEHA) and The Center for Health Policy and Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research at Stanford University.
He discusses how the center's research promotes a better understanding of the health needs of aging populations around the world.
Mortality, Hospitalizations, and Expenditures for the Medicare Population
A July 2015 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that mortality rates among Medicare patients fell 16 percent from 1999 to 2013. The same research found that, among fee-for-service patients, hospitalization rates fell 24 percent, with more than 3 million fewer hospitalizations in 2013 than 1999. Liz Szabo reported on the research for USA Today.
This four-minute video offers a good explanation of the study and its results from the study’s lead author.
ARTICLE: Mortality, Hospitalizations, and Expenditures for the Medicare Population Aged 65 Years or Older, 1999-2013
Older Women Count: Bringing Visibility to Violence against Older Women 20 years after Beijing - Commission on the Status of Women Event
The world is aging: There will be 1.375 billion people over 60 by 2030, meaning that older people will constitute 16 percent of the global population. Older women make up the majority of those living over 60, and most live in developing countries. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action forever changed global policy by mainstreaming gender into human rights considerations. As we celebrate 20 years since the Beijing Conference on Women, we must acknowledge that the world has changed in important ways; older age needs to be mainstreamed into women’s rights discussions—particularly on the subject of violence against women. Violence against older women represents an ongoing confluence of human rights violations. Gaps in research and policy on this violence in later life is representative of a host of broader lack of inclusion of age into gender concerns and vice versa. Problematically, the predominant discourses of both gender-based violence and elder abuse rarely recognize violence against older women. This leaves older women and protections for their rights to fall through the cracks.
This discussion explores their absence from these mainstream conversations, seeking to identify structural barriers and their effects on the full realization of older women’s human rights.
Gawande on how U.S. health care fails at the end of life
Despite our advances in medicine, a new book calls for a radical transformation in how we approach the end of life. In "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End," the physician and best-selling author Dr. Atul Gawande argues that a rigid focus on prolonging life can often undermine what is best for a dying patient. "Medical science has rendered obsolete centuries of experience, tradition, and language about our mortality," Gawande writes. "Our reluctance to honestly examine the experience of aging and dying has increased the harm we inflict on people and denied them the basic comforts they most need." A surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Gawande is an acclaimed staff writer at The New Yorker and a professor at Harvard Medical School.
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