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  • 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.

  • New Hartford Change AGEnts Network to Optimize Patient Centered Medical Homes for Older Patients and Their Families

    Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014

    The Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative has announced the formal launch of the new Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Network, which will seek to ensure that the PCMH — a highly coordinated, teambased model of primary care — delivers better outcomes for older adults.

  • Judith Graham Hones in on Study Focusing on Malnourishment in Seniors Admitted to the Emergency Room in New Old Age Blog

    Friday, Sep 12, 2014

    A recent study from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill based on a survey conducted at a North Carolina hospital suggests that a significant number of seniors admitted into emergency rooms may be suffering from malnourishment. The study, one of the first of its kind, seeks to document the extent of malnourishment in this demographic and was featured in The New Old Age Blog in the New York Times. Dr. Timothy Platts-Mills, one of Hartford's UNC-Chapel Hill Centers of Excellence Scholars and Hartford Change AGEnts who received one of the Centers of Excellence/Change AGEnts Collaborattive Pilot Awards, is one of the authors of the study.