Dr. Felipe Sierra on Geroscience, NIH, and a Healthspan Summit

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Dr. Felipe Sierra

In October 2013, the Advances in Geroscience: Impact on Healthspan and Chronic Disease summit provided an introduction to the field of geroscience, which explores the common connections between aging and disease. Discussions from the conference produced a consensus on the seven “pillars of aging:” adaption to stress, epigenetics, inflammation, macromolecular damage, metabolism, proteostasis, and stem cells and regeneration. Through study of these processes, experts hope to find ways to slow down aging and thus reduce the risk for all chronic diseases.

According to Felipe Sierra, Ph.D., director, Division of Aging Biology at the National Institute on Aging, “When we had the 2013 summit, it was a quite a success. People were energized.”

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Aging and the U.S. Population: A Q & A with Dr. Dana Goldman

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.

5/4/15 Los Angeles, CA USC Schaeffer Photo by: Steve Cohn www.stevecohnphotography.com (310) 277-2054 © 2015

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

The Value of Geriatricians and Why We Need More of Them

Geriatricians also 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.

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.

Why? Older Americans over 65 will comprise 20 percent of the population by 2030, jumping from 35 million in 2000 to an estimated 70 million. This jump will be due in part to increased life expectancy.

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Dr. Nicola M. McKeown on the Adhering to Dietary Approaches for Personal Taste (ADAPT) Study

For our latest Healthspan Expert Q & A, we talk with Nicola M. McKeown, Ph.D., Scientist I, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA), and Director of the Nutritional Epidemiology Program & Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, in Boston, Mass., about the Adhering to Dietary Approaches for Personal Taste (ADAPT) Research Initiative.  

Nicola McKeown

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Expert Steven N. Austad on Aging Research, a National Geographic Channel Special (and Training Lions)

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.

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