In our latest Healthspan Expert Q & A, we talk with Dana Goldman, Ph.D., professor and Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair and Director of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, about aging demographics in the U.S. Please note Dr. Goldman’s opinions are his own.
Q: Please give us a background into your interest into the aging of the U.S. population?
DG: Ironically, I first became interested in aging when I was studying obesity in younger populations. We all know obesity is a public health problem, and we were studying the value of interventions to reduce weight at earlier ages. However, it soon became clear that such interventions are not well-targeted and hence can be very expensive. We started to look at prevention at older ages, and what we found was that interventions at older ages Continue reading →
Geriatricians know when and how to partner with experts in other disciplines, community resources, and the multitude of various settings and levels of care to devise and implement creative solutions to the particular care needs of older adults.
The New York Times recently asked, “Where are all the geriatricians?”
While there are 7,000 geriatricians practicing in the U.S. right now, there’s a larger issue. We will need many more in the coming years. According to the American Geriatrics Society, we’ll need approximately 30,000 by 2030.
The first Healthspan Campaign newsletter of the new year is now available. Stories this month include a look into the life of six New Yorkers age 85 and over, a new book on healthspan, and the effect of having more children on telomeres. Read it here!
The November 2015 Healthspan Campaign newsletter is now available. Stories this month include an interview with expert Dr. Steven N. Austad, “aging clocks,” the latest in National Institutes of Health news, and more! Get it here.
For this edition of the Healthspan Campaign Expert Q & A, we talk with Steven N. Austad, Ph.D., distinguished professor and chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Biology, and scientific director for the American Federation for Aging Research, about his world travels, his work in the lab, and his participation in this month’s National Geographic Channel special on aging.
Every year the United Nations recognizes today, October 1, as its International Day of Older Persons to raise awareness about issues affecting older adults as well as to appreciate the contributions older adults make to global society.
For the Healthspan Campaign, today represents a perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the rising implications of global aging, something we talk about a lot, and the promise of research to slow down the aging process. So it’s with great pleasure that we give you news about the “International Longevity Day” initiative being conducted by our campaign partners, the International Society on Aging and Disease (ISOAD), to emphasize the importance of aging and longevity research for the development of effective health care for older adults. ISOAD’s efforts have resulted in events being held in more than 40 countries around the globe today. We salute ISOAD’s devotion to bringing recognition to aging research. To keep track of today’s events visit the International Longevity Day Facebook page.
We also would like to share a short video about why aging research can be a global gamechanger. Watch it below.
In this latest edition of the Healthspan Expert Q & A, we speak with Dr. Gerard Karsenty, the Paul A. Marks M.D., professor and chair of the department of Genetics and Development at Columbia University Medical Center about his research … Continue reading →