Starting a Conversation: How We Can Reduce Health Disparities Among Older Adults

Reducing health disparities among older adults overall is a massive undertaking and managed healthcare significantly reduces time spent with patients. However, there are still small steps that providers and older adults themselves can take. Providers and older adults can talk to each other about barriers to receiving care, barriers to achieving healthier lifestyles, and their own values and beliefs.

What Do We Need to Know About the Health of Older LGBT Adults? NIH Greenlights New Research

By Mark Brennan-Ing, PhD (Director for Research and Evaluation at ACRIA, Center on HIV and Aging ) When we talk about fully including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in society, marriage equality and broader civil rights protections dominate our discourse. However, equally important are the numerous health disparities they experience in later life […]

Good News for Bilinguals: Knowing Two or More Languages is Good for Your Brain

By Eden Gallanter & Sherry A. Beaudreau, PhD, ABPP  Lifestyle plays a huge role in the quality of our memory and other mental abilities, especially as we grow older. Although there is no clear strategy to avoid Alzheimer’s disease and other kinds of intellectual losses in old age, there is a great deal you can do […]

Creating New Holiday Traditions: 10 Questions to Ask Your Older Relatives

By Kimberly E. Hiroto, PhD (Clinical Geropsychologist, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Tacoma, WA) and Glenn Smith, PhD (Clinical Neuropsychologist and Elizabeth Faulk Professor and Chair, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida) The holidays are often about three Rs: relationships, reflection, and remembering. Research suggests that as we age our view […]

Surprise! Caregiving Helps the Caregiver, Too

By Victoria R. Marino and William E. Haley, PhD (The School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida) Many people have heard that being a family caregiver is extremely stressful and increases the risk for poor health and even higher mortality.  But this isn’t the whole story.  Recent research suggests that caregiving has stresses, […]

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Get Into the Act: The Benefits of Volunteering As We Age

By Patricia A. Parmelee, PhD, and Rebecca S. Allen, PhD (Alabama Research Institute on Aging, The University of Alabama) The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. – Mahatma Gandhi May is Older Americans Month, and the theme this year is “Get into the Act!” The celebration emphasizes […]