News, research and opinion on healthy aging and longevity.
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.
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.
Global Health Aging settled into the new year after a long Christmas break! Please visit the website and social media channels since 2016 is starting out to be a great year. Last month, we published three important articles on different topics including homelessness and more. The article about music and memory is now one of the top ten most popular pages on the website! Let’s take a look at what happened in January 2016.
The International Longevity Centre Global Alliance (ILC Global Alliance) is an international consortium of member organizations. ILC Global Alliance helps societies to address longevity and population ageing in positive and productive ways. The consortium currently includes centres in the United States of America, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, the Dominican Republic, India, South Africa, Argentina, The Netherlands, Israel, Singapore, Czech Republic, Brazil, China, Germany, Australia and Canada. These centres work both autonomously and collaboratively to study how greater life expectancy and increased proportions of older people impact on nations around the world. For more information, please visit ILC Global Alliance and check out this video by ILC Brazil.
Happy New Year from Global Health Aging! Wherever you live in the world, we hope you had a wonderful holiday. December was a great month for the publication as we had a successful book giveaway among other things. The winner was from Australia and we plan to host another giveaway in the future. Last month, many topics were covered including elder safety, mobility and health, beauty stereotypes and more. Let’s take a look at what happened in December 2015!
Featured Company The Myers-JDC-Brookdale (MJB) Institute is an independent, non-profit partnership between the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Government of Israel. MJB’s research makes a difference across the entire life cycle from children and youth at risk to the elderly. The Center for Research on Aging at MJB is central to the national effort to develop policies and services to respond to Israel’s growing elderly population. In 2016, the Center is focusing on three major themes including family care for the elderly. MJB’s knowledge and expertise are increasingly sought after by Jewish organizations around the world, international organizations, philanthropic foundations, and others. For more information, please visit MJB.
In November, the blog observed National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. Many topics related to Alzheimer’s and caregiving were covered and with two new copy editors, the goal is to continue producing quality articles for our readers. The blog is also hosting a book giveaway so make sure to participate! The deadline is December 31, 2015. Let’s take a look at what happened this past month!
The National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) is an international network of researchers, practitioners, students, and seniors dedicated to improving the care of older adults, both in Canada and abroad. Members represent a broad spectrum of disciplines and professions, including geriatric medicine, gerontological nursing, gerontological social work, gerontology, rehabilitation science, sociology, psychology, policy, and law. NICE partners with industry, various organizations, and universities, and the Canadian federal government. The network also has an international arm called the International Collaboration for the Care of the Elderly (ICCE) that fosters collaboration with experts in aging across the globe. For more information, please visit NICE.
October was a busy month for Global Health Aging. From launching our first article series to hosting a slew of guest writers, the experience has been invaluable. Five new writers joined the team as the goal is to focus equally on each continent. This month, we covered topics like employment, aquatic therapy and mental health, and Zen Hospice Project is the featured company for October. Let’s take a look at what happened this past month!
“Dyinghappens. To all of us.“ This is the motto of Zen Hospice Project, a thriving non-profit that helps to change the experience of dying through a human-centered model of care. Since 1987, Zen Hospice has provided support through education programs inspired by their unique service at the bedside. It is through this pioneering model of care that the organization inspires each other to live fully. Zen Hospice creates a space for living that offers the opportunity for individuals, their loved ones and caregivers to find comfort, connection, and healing in this shared human experience. Ultimately, the organization explores how society might provide the best care possible and design a better experience for everyone. If you want more information, visit the website here.
Last month, Global Health Aging explored diverse topics such as elderly refugees, menopause, physical activity and older caregivers. The blog is always on the lookout for regular and guest writers, so it’s been great to work with more companies and guest writers including the regular writers. WHO Centre for Health Development is the featured company for October. Let’s take a look at what happened this past month at Global Health Aging.
WHO Centre for Health Development conducts research on the effects of social, economic, and environmental change and its implications for health policies. The research focus is on urban settings and includes programmes on urban health metrics; urban health governance; emergency preparedness and urban health. In regards to aging, the Centre works closely with colleagues from around the world to conduct research on age-friendly environments, including the development of indicators for age-friendly cities. The Centre also draws upon the specific expertise and experience of Japan where the Centre is located. In collaboration with Japanese researchers, the WHO Centre for Health Development is conducting research on identifying interventions and policies that can add healthy years to life. If you want more information, visit the website here.
Sex and sleep are two important aspects for elderly health. The concept that seniors cannot have a satisfying sex life is misleading since health plays a key role in the level of older adults’ sexual activity. Insufficient sleep can be especially pronounced in elders due to its prevalence and subsequent effects. Let’s take a look at what happened this past month at Global Health Aging.
Age International is an international development charity focused on helping older people in some of the world’s poorest countries. The organization improves livelihoods, health and healthcare by providing age-friendly emergency relief, challenging attitudes, influencing decision-makers and changing policies. Their vision is of a world in which women and men everywhere can lead dignified, healthy and secure lives as they grow older. Age International is a partner to two older people’s charities: Age UK and HelpAge International. The organization is also a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). If you want more information, visit the website here.
This was a big month for Global Health Aging. We covered a variety of topics including diabetes, sexual health and smoking. A number of countries especially India and Ukraine were featured and for the first time on the blog, we discussed the impact of war on the elderly and health systems. Let’s take a look at what happened this past month at Global Health Aging.
Masterpiece Living is a multi-specialty group that is committed to older adults aging in a better way. The group builds strong partnership with like-minded organizations to further their mission by transforming aging. Masterpiece Living works with leading experts in the field of aging as well as providing guidance, structure, resources and aging expertise. With over 300 years collective experience in the multiple aspects of aging science, the group has a proven track of success with an ever-growing network of over seventy visionary communities and organizations who are all part of a movement…a movement to change how people age in this country for current older adults, for each person, and for every grandchild. If you want more information, visit the website here.
From oral health to long-term care, elderly health is important for older people. A vast array of services are available in many nations and we discussed some of them on the blog last month. UAE is particularly interesting because there is a high regard for elders within the family structure, among other reasons. Let’s take a look at what happened this past month at Global Health Aging.
The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal provides easy to understand, scientific evidence about how to stay healthy, active and engaged as we grow older. The Portal:
Makes sense of the science: Experts identify key messages from scientific research that is relevant and ready to be acted on.
Provides information you can trust: There are many free online health resources but it is hard to know which are worth a closer look. The Portal offers expert evaluation to tell users whether those resources are based on scientific research.
Puts the research in context: Experts provide commentary on what the scientific research on a topic actually means and why good science matters.
Shares important health news on the site and Twitter: @Mac_AgingNews tweets about emerging health news, evidence and related information from the Portal.
The Portal, which is part of McMaster’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative, also provides customizable email alerts about new evidence and resources added to the site. Visit the Facebook page here
Last month, Global Health Aging looked at issues relating to the ineffectiveness of the influenza vaccine in the elderly. We also interviewed a 32-year-old filmmaker who is working on a project that explores the impact of diet and lifestyle on brain health. From the WHO European Region to a new documentary called Bread Head, let’s take a look at what happened this past month at Global Health Aging.
Seniors Helping Seniors home care in West Los Angeles and vicinity provides non-medical assistance for seniors. The franchise works with receivers to ensure their safety, to reduce loneliness, and to encourage their participation in life. Non-medical services provided may include, but are not limited to, cooking, light housekeeping, yard work, pet walking, shopping, transportation, home maintenance, small repairs, personal grooming, companionship, overnight visits, post-operative assistance and respite care. If you want more information, visit the website here.