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Grantee in News: Timothy Platts-Mills Discusses the Important Role Emergency Room Staff Places in Identifying Elder Abuse

Nov 30
2016

Grantee in News: Timothy Platts-Mills Discusses the Important Role Emergency Room Staff Places in Identifying Elder Abuse

On November 25, 2016, US News and World Reports/HealthDay featured 2014 COE Fellow Timothy Platts-Mills, PhD, on the important role the emergency department staff must play towards identifying elder abuse. According to new research, ten percent of seniors suffer from elder abuser however, only 1 in every 7,700 emergency room visits for older adults, results in an elder abuse diagnosis.  Victims of elder abuse are less likely to receive routine care from a primary physician, so the emergency room department is often the only medical care they receive.  According to new research, ten percent of seniors suffer from elder abuse, yet…


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Grantee in the News: NY Times features Kenneth Langa’s research on falling dementia rates

Nov 28
2016

Grantee in the News: NY Times features Kenneth Langa’s research on falling dementia rates

On November 21, 2016, The New York Times reported on new research, conducted by 2003 Beeson Scholar Kenneth Langa, MD, PhD, finding a dropping dementia rates over the last 12 years. In the first nationally representative study, Dr. Langa found that since 2000 US dementia rates have fallen by 24 percent.  This result is particularly surprising given the aging population and the increase in incidents for diabetes and dementia.  Additionally, Dr. Langa found that average of diagnosis has also increased, from 80.7 to 82.4.  Kenneth Langa, MD, PhD, is a Professor, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. Understanding Cognitive decline, Alzheimer…


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Board member in the News: Steven Austad questions Study linking Delayed Childbirth with Longevity

Nov 21
2016

Board member in the News: Steven Austad questions Study linking Delayed Childbirth with Longevity

On November 17, 2016, HealthDay, discussed research results linking a woman’s age at first childbirth with longevity.  AFAR Scientific Director, Dr. Steven Austad, offered expert critique of the study’s methodology. In a longitudinal study of women averaging 75 years of age at the start of the study, researchers found that women who had their first child at age 25 or older were 21 percent more likely to live to age 90 than those giving birth at earlier ages. Due to some methodological flaws, Dr. Austad does not find the results of this study surprising.  The authors did not control for…


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2016 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging Annual Meeting

Nov 15
2016

2016 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging Annual Meeting

From November 9-12, AFAR hosted the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research program. Over 100 current and former Paul B. Beeson Scholars, mentors, and foundation supporters convened in Itasca, Illinois to review research progress, encourage dissemination of research findings, and enhance scholarship and leadership. The meeting opened with an engaging Keynote Address by Harlan M. Krumholz, M.D., S.M., Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale School of Medicine and a 1996 Beeson Scholar, entitled, “The Next Era of Clinical Research: Digital Data, Participant Partnership, and Data Sharing”. Over…


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Leaders across the Financial, Public, and Research Sectors Honored at AFAR’s 35th Anniversary Awards Dinner

Nov 11
2016

Leaders across the Financial, Public, and Research Sectors Honored at AFAR’s 35th Anniversary Awards Dinner

On November 2nd, 2016, AFAR hosted its 35th Anniversary Awards Dinner at Le Parker Meridien in New York City. More than 160 guests attended to help raise over $270,000 in support of AFAR’s work to advance healthy aging through biomedical research. AFAR Executive Director Stephanie Lederman and event Master of Ceremonies Dr. Max Gomez, medical correspondent for WCBS-TV, opened the evening with comments regarding the importance of aging research and commemorating AFAR’s 35th Anniversary. Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Max Gomez shares opening remarks on the importance of aging research. On the importance of the cause, Dr. Gomez stated, &ldquo…


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2016 Irving S. Wright and Vincent Cristofalo Awards and Lectures

Nov 15
2016

2016 Irving S. Wright and Vincent Cristofalo Awards and Lectures

On Friday, November 18, AFAR will present its 2016 Scientific Awards during a special ceremony at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in New Orleans. Please join AFAR for the presentation of the Irving S. Wright and Vincent Cristofalo Awards and Lectures at 4:30pm and a Reception at 6:00pm.  “These awards are given annually to members of the aging research community whose work advances the field, and advances our understanding of aging,” notes AFAR Executive Director Stephanie Lederman, EdM. “Both awards are named in honor of farsighted scientists, and the recipients are…


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