By Matt Perry The recent annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in New Orleans was one part aging celebration, one part madhouse as 450 sessions over five days celebrated the successes and challenges of aging – and there were challenges aplenty. Overarching topics included worldwide aging, the crisis in caregiving, the scourge of social isolation, and post-election health policy under the
Month: November 2016
By Matt Perry When the older adult news agency Next Avenue released its 2016 list of top 50 Influencers in Aging last month, it was rife with Californians, yet none so deeply involved in a dizzying array of initiatives than David Lindeman, director of the Oakland-based Center for Technology and Aging. And Lindeman has something important to say: a new era of “connected aging” is
As President-Elect Donald Trump chooses his cabinet, California advocates and legislators are planning rallies to oppose his stance on health care and immigration.
By Hannah Guzik Latino and African American children in California are about twice as a likely to be struggling with reading in third grade than their white counterparts. And by the time these children of color reach high school, they are less likely to graduate on time. These are just a few of the educational disparities pointed out in a report released Tuesday. The data,
By Matt Perry Community health experts continue to connect with older adults through faith-based communities. The city of Fremont did this several years ago with its Community Ambassadors Program for Seniors. From churches, temples, mosques, and synagogues to community centers and beyond, health officials found faith communities already had deep ties within ethnic communities. So when a Pennsylvania-based foundation recently announced two grants for innovations
By Karen Lincoln California’s population is aging. By 2030, 18 percent of the state will be 65 or older. More significantly, this population will be increasingly racially and ethnically diverse. Current projections suggest that 52% of these older adults will be members of a minority group. This demographic shift is likely to have a profound impact on California, with studies projecting increased older adult
By Hannah Guzik Infections during infancy — not antibiotic use — may lead to childhood obesity, a new study reports. The study, published Nov. 1 in the peer-reviewed journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, examined more than 260,000 infants over 16 years. Children diagnosed with an infection during their first year of life who did not take antibiotics were about a quarter more likely
Such incidents are preventable, and child health organizations and the wider medical community have begun to urge for greater transparency about firearm access.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of undocumented parents in California are struggling to take care of U.S.-born children with special needs while at the same time living in fear of deportation.
By Daniel Weintraub The recent announcement that insurance premiums will be going up for people who buy their health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” has put the program back in the news, with Republicans from Donald Trump on down calling for its repeal and Democrats saying its problems can be easily fixed. But the issue that neither side ever wants to talk