Economic hardship from COVID-19 will hit minority seniors the most

New data shows the Great Recession hurt older, poorer Blacks and Hispanics the most. The pandemic downturn is likely to be even worse for them.

Jane Tavares, Research Fellow, LeadingAge LTSS Center, University of Massachusetts Boston • conversation
Aug. 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic seniors older-adults living-longer-2020 2007-08-financial-crisis social-security economic-recession

The loneliness of social isolation can affect your brain and raise dementia risk in older adults

The social isolation older adults are experiencing as they try to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic is raising new mental health risks, but people can take steps to protect themselves.

Martin J. Sliwinski, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Director of the Center for Healthy Aging, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~9 min

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Social isolation: The COVID-19 pandemic's hidden health risk for older adults, and how to manage it

Social distancing is leaving older Americans more isolated and opening them up to serious health risks.

Matthew Lee Smith, Co-Director of Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging, Texas A&M University • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health mental-health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic aging elderly social-distancing isolation seniors social-isolation living-longer-2020 living-longer

People share fewer memories as they get older

The older people are, the fewer memories they share, research finds. And when they do share, they do it in less detail than younger people do, too.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: memory aging communication seniors older-adults health-and-medicine decisions

Prescription drug costs would have been a major campaign issue, so what will happen now that coronavirus is center stage?

Studies repeatedly have shown that health care in general and the high cost of drugs in particular are among the top concerns of US voters. But with coronavirus, the issue may fade from prominence.

Simon F. Haeder, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  elderly  prescription-drug-prices  health-insurance  seniors  living-longer-2020  pfizer  prescription-drugs  medicare-us  drug-costs  cvs

Pandemic decision: Caregiving at home or a nursing home?

What's better during the pandemic, caregiving at home or a nursing home? An expert in palliative and long-term care offers some advice.

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~6 min

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Rush back to work risks hundreds of thousands of lives

"If policymakers prioritize short-term economic productivity more, their quarantine policies may lead to many times more deaths and hospitalizations..."

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~8 min

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Pandemic decision: Caregiving at home or a nursing home?

What's better during the pandemic, caregiving at home or a nursing home? An expert in palliative and long-term care offers some advice.

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 nursing-homes seniors featured health-and-medicine caregivers pandemics

More than 1 in 5 Americans are taking care of their elderly, ill and disabled relatives and friends

The United States has 53 million caregivers, according to the latest estimate. And COVID-19 makes what they do much harder.

Erin E. Kent, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • conversation
May 15, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: aging health-care caregiving seniors significant-figures social-work people-with-disabilites

Out with the old: Coronavirus highlights why we need new names for aging

What's in a word? Plenty, when it comes to the choices we use to describe people over 60. Stigma against older people that has been evident during the COVID-19 pandemic shows why it's time to change.

Paul Nash, Instructional associate professor of gerontology, University of Southern California • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~7 min

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