Walking, Reminiscing Benefit Brain Health in Older Black Adults

An innovative Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) research program that enlists older Black adults to walk through and reminisce about historically Black neighborhoods in Portland — which now look very different after rapid change through gentrification — may help improve cognitive function, a new study finds.

New GSA Publication Addresses Dementia Care in Adults with I/DD

Addressing Brain Health in Adults With Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities: A Companion to the KAER Toolkit for Primary Care Providers is a new publication from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) designed to address the needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who develop dementia.

Accumulating Health Problems Tied to Increased Risk of Depression and Anxiety

A new study in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences has found people with multiple chronic conditions reported persistently high levels of anxiety and depression, and worse physical function. And compared to white study participants, those who identified as non-white experienced worse health-related quality of life as multiple chronic health conditions increased, the study found.

GSA Members Call on Senate to Support Higher Standards for Assisted Living Facilities

Speaking today at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, Gerontological Society of America members Jennifer Craft Morgan, PhD, FGSA, and Richard J. Mollot, JD, called on lawmakers to enact policies that enable greater state and national oversight of assisted living facilities, and that bolster the workforce and engagement of residents and care partners.

Treatment of Obesity Must Be Multifaceted, GSA Publication Says

According to “Insights & Implications in Gerontology: The Chronic Disease of Obesity” — a new publication from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — overweight and obesity are now recognized as chronic health conditions with specific pathophysiologic causes, with complications if these conditions are not addressed, and with treatments that are safe and effective. And for most older adults, treating overweight and obesity can add years to their lifespan and quality to the years of life when they are healthy.