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  • April 20, 2015
    According to a 2008 study, a third of Latino households in the United States have at least one family member in charge of taking care of an older person.  Three-quarters of them are women. Dr. Kerstin Emerson Gerst, assistant professor in the College's Institute of Gerontology, commented on recent piece on the news site, New America Media, about how the increasing challenger Latino family face...
  • March 31, 2015
    Experiences of loneliness and social isolation can lead to increased health care use among older adults, according to new research from the University of Georgia College of Public Health. The study, published online in the American Journal of Public Health, found that the frequency of physician visits was particularly influenced by chronic loneliness—and suggests that the identification and...
  • March 22, 2015
    Liz Dalton, host of the local radio show LizTalk, interviewed Dr. Toni Miles, director of the Institute of Gerontology, on the public health effects of grief.   Studies have linked grief to increased risk for many chronic health issues usually associated with diet, exercise and other lifestyle choices, such as insomnia, obesity, heart attack, and diabetes. With an aging society, we need to...
  • February 2, 2015
    A recent study published in the Journals of Gerontology Series B contrasts disability transitions among elders in Mexico and in the United States.  Lead author and Institute of Gerontology faculty Dr. Kerstin Gerst-Emerson and her colleagues suggest that if Mexico follows the path of the United States in terms of modernization, urbanization, and related changes in lifestyle, it will likely face...
  • January 20, 2015
    "Most people, when they’re suddenly thrust into the caregiver role for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, don’t know how to connect with programs or facilities that can help them." Read more of Andrew Lowndes's report on emerging private care options HERE. 
  • January 14, 2015
    The Georgia Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) will host its 2015 Annual Conference on Saturday, March 7 at the historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech. The conference theme is Innovations in Collaborative Geriatric Care. More information, along with a downloadable brochure and registration form, can be found HERE or on the GAPNA website.
  • January 13, 2015
    What happens if the U.S. Supreme Court invalidates the federal tax subsidies that allow over 4 million low- and middle-income people to buy health under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?  The Urban Institute estimates that the 37 states with federally run marketplaces would lose over $36 billion in federal subsidies.  Dr. Toni Miles, director of the Institute of Gerontology at the College of Public...
  • December 1, 2014
    Institute of Gerontology faculty Dr. Heidi Harriman Ewen was recently quoted in an an Athens Banner-Herald article exploring ways of making assisted living facilities feel more like home during the holidays. One way that can happen, Ewen said, is to have the kitchen staff cook a resident’s favorite family recipe — both to give the resident a literal taste of home, and to allow the resident to...
  • November 14, 2014
    The Du Bois Institute for Civic Engagement at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) will present a forum examining voter participation 50 years after the Civil Rights Act on Nov. 14 in the Thomas W. Cole Jr. Research Center for Science and Technology on CAU’s campus, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W., Atlanta, Ga.  30314. The one-day symposium will feature various experts who will explore topics such as...
  • November 6, 2014
    Death takes a toll on the living, and in the case of baby boomers, the loss of a family member increases their likelihood of ending up in the hospital, according to new research from the University of Georgia. Led by Dr. Toni P. Miles, professor of epidemiology and director of the Institute of Gerontology in the College of Public Health, the research looked at how survivors responded to spouse,...
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