by AFAR Scientific Director Steven Austad, Ph.D., and Medical Officer Richard Besdine, M.D. 


In Fall 2016, AFAR proudly debuted our branded column by Scientific Director Steven N. Austad, Ph.D., exploring the latest discoveries in aging research with a critical eye toward how science and aging are shaping and shaped by culture at large.


Since 2011, AFAR’s Medical Officer Richard M. Besdine, M.D., has written a blog for the Huff/Post50 section of The Huffington Post. Combining the expert research and advice, his columns examine a wide range of issues effecting older adults and their caregivers. 

Columns by Dr. Austad to date:

Flies, Clocks, and The Nobel Prize  |  November 2, 2017

How to Keep Your Brain Sharp  |  June 21, 2017

Bad Science makes Big Headlines  |  February 2, 2017

The Dick Clark Effect | December 28, 2016

A Young Field about Growing Old: Six Ways Research is Changing How We Age | October 10, 2016

Columns by Dr. Besdine’s to date:

An Olive a Day? The Preventive Power of the Mediterranean Diet | March 23, 2016

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Elder Financial Exploitation: A Crime AND a Serious Health Risk | June 10, 2015

Why Elder Abuse Is Everyone's Problem | March 16, 2015

Is It Alzheimer's? | January 9, 2014

We Need to Talk About Urinary Incontinence | August 5, 2013

Why Everyone Deserves Palliative Care | April 19, 2013

My Insights Into Stroke Prevention | January 5, 2013

Alzheimer's Disease: You Can Reduce Your Risk | November 19, 2012

Stroke: The Overlooked Killer | June 14, 2012

Fear of Falling | March 16, 2012

The Medications Seniors Can't Live With -- Or Without | January 13, 2012

Delirium: How to Prevent this Dangerous Form of Disorientation | October 25, 2011

The Stigma Around Aging And Chronic Pain | July 22, 2011

Late-Life Depression: Coming Out of the Shadows | June 1, 2011

Healthy Aging: A Cheat Sheet | April 23, 2011

The Biggest Risk Factor For Top-Killing Diseases | March 20, 2011

What Would Really Improve Health Care | February 6, 2011