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Grantees in the News: Ariel Green, MD, discusses the emotional effects of aging

Dec 20
2013

Grantees in the News: Ariel Green, MD, discusses the emotional effects of aging View MoreBACK

On December 19, former grantee Ariel Green, MD, published an article in the New York Times Well blog describing the often-overlooked emotional effects of aging on the body. While physical effects of age, such as weight loss, can be obvious to doctors and loved ones, the emotional effects caused by loss—of friends, family, independence, and physical capability—play a large role in the overall aging process. Dr. Green describes her decision to become a geriatrician as an opportunity to understand these changes and improve patients’ quality of life for the better:

“One reason I chose geriatrics is that it offers the chance to help older adults have an excellent quality of life, in spite of disability and illness. And for sure, many of my patients continue to lead vibrant, joyous lives in their 80s and 90s — volunteering, traveling, remarrying, spending time with family.”

Dr. Green was a 2006 recipient of the Medical Student Training in Aging Research program grant. She is currently a geriatric medicine fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.





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