Government Response to Tackling Elder Abuse in South Africa

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on elder abuse in South Africa. In Part 1, the main focus was raising awareness of elder abuse. In Part 2, societal responses from both public and private sectors are stressed. As a result of recent news reports on elder abuse, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)…

One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment

One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment by Mei Fong presents a compelling analysis of the impact of China’s “One-Child Policy” on older adults. The one-child policy, a compelling story of population control for economic growth, has long term implications that are only now apparent. Fong describes the challenges of a rapidly aging…

Monthly News Roundup – October 2016

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…

Does Participation in Organized Sports Help Australia’s Older People?

With the conclusion of the Summer Olympics last month, there is an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments and physical prowess of the athletes who competed. Sports and wellness are important for the human body especially given the decreasing participation rates in physical activity and increasing rates of chronic disease worldwide. While the benefits of…

Monthly News Roundup – September 2016

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…

Under-Diagnosed and Often Overlooked: Elder Abuse in South Africa

This article is the first part of a two-part series on elder abuse in South Africa. Click here to read Part 2. This year marks the tenth anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The United Nations established WEAAD to bring communities around the globe together in raising awareness about elder abuse. Although this…

Addiction in Older Adults: Prevalence, Effects and Solutions

Is an addict a teenager using heroin? Or a young adult drinking excessive amounts of alcohol? Recent studies challenge these assumptions. 20 to 30 percent of adults between 75 and 85 years of age have had problems with alcohol consumption, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The Substance Abuse and Mental…

Monthly News Roundup – August 2016

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…

A Brief Highlight of Older Athletes at the Summer Olympic Games

The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are almost here. Starting next week, athletes from around the world will perform amazing feats including older Olympians who are generally not reported in traditional media. Older athletes have always participated in the games. For example, Brazil’s 2016 Olympic qualifying tournaments had many athletes in their 30’s…

Monthly News Roundup – July 2016

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…

Breaking Down the Stigma of Loneliness in Denmark

In Denmark, there is a stigma associated with being alone. In fact, it may be more socially acceptable to say you have depression, than to say that you are lonely. As a result, there are no cultural safeguards that tackle loneliness in Denmark, especially among the aging. According to a 2015 report titled *Ensomhed i…

Health Profile of Older Adults in Tasmania

Tasmania (Pop. 517,000) is an isolated island located off Australia’s Southern Coast. It is the smallest of six states in Australia, with an area of about 26,410 square miles. When considering the demographic makeup of Tasmania compared to Australia as a whole, Tasmania has the second oldest population (after South Australia), where 18.4 percent of…