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2012-03-28 07:32:02

Despite the 2010 passage of the Elder Justice Act, policy experts have found that combating widespread abuse of seniors is still not a top priority for care providers and governments alike. As many as one in 10 people age 60 and over are affected by this problem, according to the newest Public Policy & Aging Report (PPAR) from the National Academy on an Aging Society, the policy institute of The Gerontological Society of America. U.S. Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) and U.S. Representative Peter...

2012-02-01 01:02:43

The pain suffered by older adults is the shared focus of the two newest entries in The Gerontological Society of America´s (GSA) From Publication to Practice series. Together they address both pain management and new labeling changes for one of the most popular pain medications, acetaminophen. Both issues aim to provide readers with information on how new advances in pain prevention, treatment, and management may improve care and quality of life for older adults. The From Publication to...

Study Claims Senior Citizens With Active Sex Lives Are Happier
2011-11-21 06:19:47

New research presented in Boston at the Gerontological Society of America's (GSA) 64th Annual Scientific Meeting on Sunday has drawn a direct link between the sex lives of those in their mid-to-late 60s and their level of happiness with their lives and their marriage. According to a GSA press release announcing the findings, this conclusion is the result of a 2004 survey of 238 individuals over the age of 65. The data from that study was analyzed by Adrienne Jackson, an assistant professor...

2011-09-27 13:10:40

America's experts on aging are headed for meetings with their senators and representatives to underscore the needs of the country's senior population, spurred by the first-ever Take Action Week organized by The Gerontological Society of America – the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. During the September 26 congressional district work period, these advocates will urge their elected leaders to secure funding for aging research and...

2011-09-16 11:21:02

An expert panel speaking on Capitol Hill today demonstrated that the Great Recession has had a disproportionately negative impact on low-income older workers, although programs such as the federal Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) have managed to provide some valuable benefits to this disadvantaged demographic group. The congressional briefing – held on the eve of National Employ Older Workers Week – was titled, "Older Workers: Multiple Returns on Our Public...

2011-08-29 21:07:34

Experts agree that financial constraints and an aging population will require America to modify its Social Security system, but some also find that pushing back the eligibility age could be a major concern for those who rely on the program the most. The consequences – both positive and negative – of making the country's seniors wait to start claiming benefits are presented in the latest installment of the Public Policy & Report (PPAR) from the National Academy on an Aging...

2011-03-19 04:53:36

The oldest segment of Japan's population will likely be the hardest hit as a result of the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami, based on data from previous catastrophic events. Approximately 23 percent of Japanese citizens currently are age 65 and above. "Japan's population "” with the highest proportion of older people in any country "” gives us an indicator of where the world as a whole is headed," said James Appleby, RPh, MPH, executive director of The Gerontological...

2010-12-17 16:09:57

Without Social Security, research indicates that about half of women age 65 and older would be living in poverty. With the program in place, the poverty rate for women falls to 12 percent. These facts "” paired with recommended future courses of action "” are presented in the latest installment of the Public Policy & Aging Research Brief series from the National Academy on an Aging Society, the public policy branch of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). The new...

2010-11-22 13:48:45

Children who experience a parental divorce are over twice as likely to suffer a stroke at some point in their lives, according to new research presented in New Orleans at The Gerontological Society of America's (GSA) 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting. This finding is based on a representative community sample of over 13,000 people from the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey. The data analysis was conducted by Esme Fuller-Thomson, PhD, and a team of colleagues at the University of Toronto. "We...

2010-07-01 15:27:00

Expert on senior health programming and promotion will lead nation's largest aging research organization WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nancy Whitelaw, PhD, senior vice president, and director of NCOA's Center for Healthy Aging has been named President-elect of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Dr. Whitelaw is a nationally recognized leader in the design and implementation of evidence-based health programs for seniors and in the dissemination of best practices in...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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