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  • National Dialogue Picks Up Around Palliative Care

    Monday, Oct 20, 2014

    Since the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the report "Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life" with findings and recommendation regarding palliative care, the national media has extensively covered the dialogue revolving around supporting practice and policy solutions for seriously ill people and their families. Hartford grantee and Director of the Center to Advance Palliatice Care (CAPC) Diane E. Meier, who served on the committee appointed by the Institute of Medicine to create the report, has since been featured in various interviews and publications speaking about palliative care.

  • Cambia Health Foundation Welcomes New Cohort of Sojourns Scholars to Advance the Field of Palliative Care

    Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014

    The Cambia Health Foundation recently announced the new cohort for the Sojourns Scholar Leadship Program. The program, which is a new initiative designed to identify, cultivate and advance the next generation of palliative care leaders, provides ten promising palliative care doctors and nurses with $180,000 in funding to conduct an innovative impactful clinical, research, education or policy project in the field of palliative care. Among those named were Abraham Brody (Hartford Institute Geriatric Undergraduate Scholars) and Elizabeth Lindenberger (Hartford Change AGEnt).

  • Beeson Scholar Jason Karlawish Authors NY Times Op-Ed on Aging and Life Expectancy

    Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014

    A recent New York Times op-ed features Beeson Scholar Dr. Jason Karlawish's thoughts on aging in the 21st century, "Too Young Too Die, Too Old to Worry."  Here he presents the question, "When should we set aside a life lived for the future and, instead, embrace the pleasures of the present?"  Dr. Karlawish describes advances in the science of forecasting life expectancy. For example, physician researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and at Harvard, (including fellow Beeson Scholars Drs. Sei Lee and Mara Schonberg) have developed ePrognosis, a website that collates 19 risk calculators that an older adult can use to calculate her likelihood of dying in the next six months to 10 years. He argues that websites like these can be a convenient vehicle to disseminate information to patients, but that complex actuarial data — including its uncertainties and limitations — are best conveyed during a face-to-face, doctor-patient conversation.  


  • Roadmap for Patient and Family Engagement in Healthcare Practice and Research

    Friday, Sep 26, 2014

    The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation engaged the American Institutes for Research and an eight-member steering group of healthcare leaders to bring together a diverse group of individuals and organizations with broad experience in healthcare, and patient and family engagement specifically, to create a unified vision for how we meaningfully engage patients and their families in the delivery of care. This group included patients, advocates, clinicians, researchers, payers, funders and policy makers. The result is a Roadmap for Patient and Family Engagement in Healthcare Practice and Research.

  • Paul Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Program Applications Available

    Friday, Sep 26, 2014

    Applications for the 2015 Paul Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Program are currently being acceted. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), The Atlantic Philanthropies (USA), The John A. Hartford Foundation, and the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS) are collaborating on this initiative to sustain and promote the research careers of clinically trained individuals who are pursuing research careers in aging. It is anticipated that five to seven awards of $600,000 to $800,000 will be granted in 2015. Deadline for application receipt date is November 7, 2014. More information can be found here

  • GEMSSTAR and Jahnigen/Williams Scholars Program Applications Now Being Accepted

    Friday, Sep 26, 2014

    The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is now accepting applications for the Grants for Early Medical Surgical Subspecialists Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) Program, which provide critical research support to physician-scientists pursuing research concerning the care of older adults. Recipients can qualify for up to $150,000 of direct research funding. The Jahnigen Career Development Award and the T. Franklin Williams Award offer funding for a Professional Development Plan (PDP) to complement the GEMSSTAR award mechanism. The GEMSSTAR application deadline is October 28, 2014.

  • Paula Span Writes in 'The New Old Age:' Study Links Anxiety Drugs to Alzheimer’s Disease

    Friday, Sep 26, 2014

    For years, studies that examined the use of sedative-hypnotics have caused concern for researchers who looked at the link between Alzheimer's disease and the intake of such medications. A study released this month through the British Medical Journal (BMJ) concluded that benzodiazepine use is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Malaz Boustani, a geriatrician at Indiana University Health and former Beeson Scholar, co-authored an accompanying article arguing for the need for proper surveillance system for cognitive side effects by prescribers and patients.

  • Laura N. Gitlin Co-Authors Guide to Dementia Caregiving

    Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014

    Hartford grantee Laura N. Gitlin, director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and Catherine Verrier Piersol, clinical director of Jefferson Elder Care at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia recently released a book that serves as a guide for dementia caregiving. The book offers straightforward advice for those with loved ones who are suffering from the debilitating effects of dementia.