Ageist Attacks Against President Biden Reinforce Outdated Stereotypes—and Hurt Younger People, Too
When President Joe Biden tripped on the stairs up to Air Force One on March 19, the incident immediately touched off a flurry of mockery. Fox News host Sean Hannity declared the President to be “frail.” “He didn’t know where the hell he was,” former President Donald Trump said in an interview with Lara Trump. Saturday Night Live, no stranger to easy jokes about aging Presidents, poked fun both at the fall and at a March 25 press conference when a reporter asked Biden if he planned to run for a second term—a question, quipped SNL’s Michael Che, which was “probably the nicest way to ask him if he plans on being alive in three years.”Source: Time
Helping Caregivers Nationwide with Public Health Research
Adult caregiving is not easy. Between frequent doctor visits and sometimes tense conversations with older loved ones about what’s best for their care, millions of adults who help aging Americans say they feel stressed, anxious or financially insecure.
When the Care Is as Burdensome as the Condition
Harold Peterson’s* cardiologist prescribes medications for his heart disease. His primary care physician prescribes medications for his high blood pressure and also determined that his hip pain needed to be addressed. He referred Peterson to an orthopedist, who recommended surgery.Source: Next Avenue
Happy in Marriage? Genetics May Play a Role
People fall in love for many reasons — similar interests, physical attraction, and shared values among them. But if they marry and stay together, their long-term happiness may depend on their individual genes or those of their spouse, says a new study led by Yale School of Public Health researchers.
You have two ages, chronological and biological. Here's why it matters
Essentially, everyone has two ages: a chronological age, how old the calendar says you are, and a phenotypic or biological age, basically the age at which your body functions as it compares to average fitness or health levels. Levine and her team identified nine biomarkers taken in a simple blood test that seemed to be the most influential on lifespan. The biomarkers include blood sugar, kidney and liver measures, and immune and inflammatory measures. Levine plugs those numbers into the computer, and the algorithm does the rest. People with a biological age lower than their chronological age have a lower mortality risk, while those aging older from a biological standpoint have a higher mortality risk and are potentially more prone to developing the diseases associated with the higher age range.Source: CNN
Health costs of ageism calculated at $63 billion annually, study finds
Ageism — a widespread form of prejudice that is directed at older persons — led to excess costs of $63 billion for a broad range of health conditions during one year in the United States, a new study by the Yale School of Public Health has found.
Yale center dedicated to research on older adults receives renewed funding
For the fifth consecutive time, the Yale Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) has been renewed for funding from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The Center is one of only two such programs nationwide to receive continuous NIA support since it was first funded in 1992, marking more than 25 years of excellence in geriatrics and aging research under the leadership of Geriatrics Section Chief Dr. Mary Tinetti, Dr. Thomas Gill, and Dr. Terri Fried.