The monthly newsletter (currently on hiatus), also called Monthly News Roundup, consolidates the latest news, events and peer reviews on aging and health from around the world. Each month the newsletter features a company that has great impact on society and culture. An archive of the newsletter is found below.
It’s that time again! This may be our last monthly newsletter before we make it quarterly or just regularly.
We published our second book review titled Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less From Each Other as well as a great piece on dance and health-related quality of life. “Movement can not only improve quality of life, but certain exercises like Tai Chi, can reduce the risk of falls.”
Our selected journal article showed that increased P3 amplitude was linked to improved performance; however there was no direct association between adaptive training and improved performance.
From dance to cinema, painting to theatre, the Bealtaine festival showcases the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists. The festival offers participants opportunities to discover talents, make unique and challenging work, communicate traditions between generations, and showcase dormant skills in a new outlet. This video shows the wide range of activities taking place at the festival.
And here’s a quote to keep you inspired till next time!
One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment is our first book review! Written by Mei Fong, the book presents a compelling analysis of the impact of China’s “One-Child Policy” on older adults.
We published Part 2 of our series on elder abuse in South Africa highlighting societal responses from both public and private sectors.
From longevity to technology, these news articles further shape public conversations on aging.
Over 6,000 professionals in gerontology and geriatrics are expected to attend the World Congress in San Francisco. Participants will share in the latest science, research, training, technology, and policy development presented by experts from around the world. In 2017, the theme “Global Aging and Health: Bridging Science, Policy, and Practice” will bring representatives from medicine, nursing, social science, psychological science, finance, policy fields, and other disciplines to address the latest approaches to improving the quality of life of the world’s older adults. Register today!
The RAND Center for the Study of Aging is our featured company. Its research agenda focuses on the interrelationships among health, economic status, socioeconomic factors, and public policy. Center staff conducts objective, independent, behavioral research on older populations worldwide. For more information, visit RAND Center for the Study of Aging.
And here’s a fun article, “Inside a Musician’s Aging Brain,” about the benefits of music for brain health! Written by singer-songwriter Jim Walsh, we hope it keeps you inspired till next month.
Last month, the publication focused on Europe and Australia. Have you ever been to Paris? If no, it should be on your bucket list!
Many ageing meetings are currently underway but from November 18-20, the 4th Annual World Congress of Geriatrics and Gerontology – 2016 will be held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The conference presents the latest research results, ideas, developments and applications in breaking research, medical management, innovative technologies,, social responsibility and more. This year, the conference theme of “Better Health in Old Age” rings true for everyone.
Why have six news articles? Because the newsletter has six parts! From religion to memory, we hope you enjoy these fascinating articles.
Peer-reviewed articles continue to showcase important research. Published in the Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging, our selected article evaluates the preliminary effects of tai chi qigong (TCQ) on improving night-time sleep quality of older adults with cognitive impairment. TCQ combines slow, deliberate movements, meditation, and breathing exercises.
Our featured company is Centre for Ageing Better, an independent charitable foundation working to help everybody enjoy a good later life. For more information, visit Centre for Ageing Better.
So what happened in August 2016? This is why newsletters should not be delayed!
August was quite the month since we tackled tough topics such as addiction and elder abuse. The article on elder abuse was apart of a series which you can read here. Let’s take a look at what happened in August.
While many articles were published on the web, these six (we’ll tell you why in the next newsletter) were especially interesting. Learn about topics such as migration, geroscience and even robots!
Unlike news stories, peer-reviewed articles inform us of the science behind healthy aging and longevity. We selected a recent article focusing on opioid-induced constipation (OIC), which is often under-recognized and under-treated in older adults. Opioids are primarily used for pain relief.
Do you know that the University of Hawaii offers a ‘mini-medical school‘ to promote healthy aging? The new course is open to the public and covers topics like viruses, falls, and prescription drugs. As the saying goes, “you’re never too old to learn something new!”
And here’s a quote to keep you inspired till next month!
July was a great month for Global Health Aging. While only two articles were published, we focused on relevant topics such as the Olympic Games and the stigma of loneliness. Many stereotypes surround older people and these articles dispel some myths and provide new insight. Our readership also increased on the site and social media outlets. Let’s take a look at what happened in July 2016.
Established in 1993 as a non-profit family foundation, Tsao Foundation first focused on promoting successful ageing, and active ageing as framed by the World Health Organization. Towards that end, in the last two decades, Tsao Foundation has pioneered approaches to ageing and eldercare across a range of disciplines to empower mature adults to master their own ageing journey over their life course in terms of self-care, growth and development. For more information, visit Tsao Foundation.
June was a busy month for Global Health Aging. The Dementia Diaries book giveaway was a success and thanks to new corporate partnerships, the website is promoting novel products. More developments are underway including articles on trending topics in innovation. This month, the focus was on the health profile of older people in Tasmania. Let’s take a look at what happened in June 2016.
“From Patient Data to Clinical Diagnosis in Neurodegenerative Diseases”, PredictND is a 4-year, 4.2 million euro European project focusing on developing tools and means for earlier, evidence-based diagnosis of a range of Neurodegenerative diseases (ND). The organization has two scientific and technical objectives which hope to improve diagnostics and enable cost-efficient detection of patients at high-risk, among other outcomes. Members of PredictND consortium include VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. (Finland), GE Healthcare (UK, Sweden), Imperial College of London (UK), University of Eastern Finland (Finland), Rigshospitalet (Denmark), VU/VUmc (the Netherlands), Università degli Studi di Perugia (Italy), Alzheimer Europe (Luxembourg) and Combinostics Ltd. (Finland). For more information, visit PredictND.
From entrepreneurship to criminal activity, Global Health Aging tackled diverse topics about culture change, societal views and more! Countries such as Japan and Tanzania were spotlighted and May 15-21 was Dementia Awareness Week in the UK. To commemorate the event, the publication hosted a book giveaway with Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Let’s take a look at what happened in May 2016.
Open Age works with older Londoners (aged 50-105) to find work, learn new skills, develop new interests and create chances to get together. By doing this, the organization helps people stay healthy in both mind and body. Open Age runs over 380 weekly, low-cost performing and creative arts, languages, learning, socials and physical activities to 1,500+ people a week. Activities cover everything from health and fitness classes such as dance, yoga, chair exercise and walking groups to creative and performing arts sessions and weekly groups with speakers. The organization also has daily computer classes and drop-in sessions at their Open Age computer suites as well as from other venues. For more information, please visit Open Age.
April was a busy month for Global Health Aging. We welcomed a new correspondent, published a two-part series on Venezuela’s economic crisis, and added two new sections to the website – Press Coverage and Cool Videos. The publication is currently hosting a book giveaway for Dementia Awareness Week. Enter to win The Dementia Diaries! Contest ends May 31.
Barrow Neurological Institute is a regional specialty center located in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Since 1962, the Institute has grown into one of the premiere destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Barrow’s experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide patients with a complete spectrum of care from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation. The center hosts many programs including Aneurysms and Cerebrovascular, Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Disorders, Brain Tumor, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropsychology, Neurotrauma, and more! For more information, please visit Barrow Neurological Institute.
From climate change to refugee health, Global Health Aging covered different topics in March. Ageism is a huge problem for many societies and our goal is to join with other advocates in creating a culture where everyone is respected. We hope that these articles especially the one about Hip Hop-eration, a street-dance group comprising seven older adults, are changing the conversation around aging. Let’s take a look at what happened in March 2016.
Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT) is a multi-methodologicalresearch project that brings together researchers and institutional and community partners to address the transformation of the experiences of ageing with the proliferation of new forms of mediated communications in networked societies. ACT is comprised of researchers, students, and community and institutional partners from around the world. Together, they investigate how ‘digital ageism’ – the individual and systemic biases that create forms of inclusion and exclusion that are age-related – operates in subtle ways. For more information, please visit ACT and check out this workshop on Scratch, a game used to teach programming to people of all ages. ACT hosted the workshop in February 2016.
2016 is moving along! Last month, Global Health Aging covered diverse topics such as diabetes, menopause alternative medicine and elderly homes. The articles focused on target populations as well as regions in Asia, North America and Australia. Global Health Aging is currently recruiting writers, so anyone with an interest in aging is encouraged to submit a writing sample. Let’s take a look at what happened in February 2016.
The International Institute on Ageing (INIA) provides multi-disciplinary education and training in specific areas related to ageing, whilst also acting as a catalyst as regards the exchange of information on issues relating to ageing welfare. Located in Malta, the Institute seeks to empower low-income countries to cope with the challenges of the consequences of mass longevity in the next decades through training key personnel in different aspects of ageing and the establishment of regional training centres. INIA also commits itself in providing continuing support and continuity to sustain both the individual personnel and the Centres through modern information technology. For more information, please visit INIA and check out this photo of two elderly fishermen in Malta.