The myths of aging are stubborn. For generations, these myths have been a drag on the possibilities people ages 50 and older see for themselves, and they have maintained a stranglehold on the notion of well-being at this later stage in life. Despite reams of research countering the false narratives spun by these myths, they persist.
On the cutting edge of the self-empowered aging trend are those who wish to delve into their own DNA for clues about their future health. Thanks to technological developments, low-cost genetic tests are now available for as little as $100. The dirty little secret, however, is that the results of such tests rarely prompt even the most health conscious people to make changes in entrenched lifestyle habits.
Dr. Martin Makary is chief of Islet Transplantation Surgery and a professor of Health Policy & Management at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as a medical commentator for Fox News and NBC’s TODAY show. He created the surgical checklist later made popular by Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto (New York: Picador, 2011), and chaired the World Health Organization’s technical workgroup on measuring surgical quality worldwide.
Every May we celebrate Older Americans Month in order to acknowledge and recognize the contributions older Americans make to the nation. This year, the Administration for Community Living has chosen the theme Get into the Act to spotlight the ways in which older adults are taking charge of their health, remaining engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others.
ASA's Students and Emerging Professionals (STEP) Group is excited to report about the tremendous success of several new STEP sessions and events that were featured at AiA15!
Understanding the meaning of behaviors in dementia/neurocognitive disorder (D/NCD) is being proposed as an essential step in order to make substantive progress in developing pharmacological and behavioral interventions. Through my years of clinical work and research in the field of dementia, I have uncovered the “meaning” and “purpose” of behaviors in this patient population and have developed essential tools to help bring the understanding of behaviors into clinical practice.
The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) and the American Society on Aging (ASA) are collaborating to co-sponsor an event honoring the 50th anniversary of Medicare.
Closeness, intimacy and touch are lifelong needs that do not get old, even when we do. We may be graying but our rainbows are still flickering, as our sexuality evolves and changes over our lifecycle. It is simply not true that when we are lighting dozens of candles on our birthday cake that we lose interest in sex or that our lives as sexual beings are over. Let me share with you some of the ways sexuality evolves and changes as we age, but is still very much a part of who we are until the day we die.
What is sexuality education and who needs it? Adults, of course! Questions from hundreds of my students, aged 50 to 90, are powerful evidence of the poignant concerns people have about sex and intimacy in mid and later life:
Few stereotypes of gay life are as persistent as that of the sexually starved older man. Gay life has traditionally centered on the young and the beautiful. This issue is a particularly hot one for gay men because regardless of age, they have a strong interest in sex. In the memorable phrase of one writer, “Sexuality isn’t what we do; it’s who we are.”
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