Month: November 2016

Celebrations and Fears: The Annual Gerontology Conference

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

David Lindeman Wants Technology to Be Your Friend

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

Children of Color Face Educational Disparities in California, Report Shows

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,

Caring For Advanced Illness Through Faith Communities

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

California’s Caregiver Crisis: African Americans Most at Risk

  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

Infections, Not Antibiotics, May Cause Childhood Obesity, Study Says

  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

Healthy communities mean healthier people

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

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