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Surfing the Wave of Aging Latinos

September 15, 2014

Surfing the Wave of Aging Latinos

By Matt Perry

March marked a turning point in California’s ethnic breakdown: Latinos officially outnumbered the state’s white population.

Meanwhile, the aging Latino population is one of the fastest-growing demographics nationally, thanks to “a very high life expectancy among Hispanics,” according to noted aging researcher S. Jay Olshansky of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Connecting the young and old in geriatric psychiatry

September 10, 2014

Connecting the young and old in geriatric psychiatry

By Pamela K. Johnson
Bella Schwartzbord, who turned 100 in August, recently added jewelry making to her busy schedule of playing Bingo, practicing yoga and taking walks. While she’s aging successfully, her daughter, Sarah Gelberd, M.D., knows that many older adults across California aren’t faring as well.

Gelberd sees the problem up close as medical director of Older Adult Services at the Los Angeles County’s Department of Mental Health, which is dealing with the leading edge of a massive wave of Baby Boomers with psychiatric disorders.

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The Future of Aging: Travel, Treatment, Retirement

September 2, 2014

The Future of Aging: Travel, Treatment, Retirement

By Matt Perry

These days, everything seems to be outsourced abroad. Jobs. Customer service. Even executive assistants. And today, so is aging – which is fast becoming very big business.

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Santa Barbara Joins Forces to Train Dementia Caregivers

August 18, 2014

Santa Barbara Joins Forces to Train Dementia Caregivers

By Matt Perry

With rates of dementia expected to reach epidemic proportions as an aging American populous lives longer, a Southern California city has formed an impressive coalition of business leaders, educators, foundations and long-term care settings to help train the next generation of caregivers.

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Aging’s Staunch Ally in The City of Angels

August 4, 2014

Aging’s Staunch Ally in The City of Angels

By Matt Perry

Inside a bureaucratic jungle, Laura Trejo always finds room to roar. When Trejo sat in the midst of a panel of experts during the recent launch of a new state senate committee on aging, she spoke plainly yet firmly. During her 10-minute lecture, simmering tension escalated into barely controlled fury.

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Art With Elders: Stop Making Sense

July 20, 2014

Art With Elders:  Stop Making Sense

By Matt Perry

When expressionist painters like Pablo Picasso, Otto Dix and Barnett Newman waved their defiant brushes over blank canvases, they rebelled against the “logical minds” that had brought about one World War, then another. Art, they insisted, should free the mind from oppressive reality.

So it’s not surprising that in the shadow of the Beat Generation and Sixties counterculture, a Bay Area arts program has gained prominence in helping older adults circumvent constrictive thought to free the artist within.

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State Senate to Aging Californians: We Care

July 15, 2014

By Matt Perry

While the state Assembly has a committee dedicated to aging and long-term care, the State Senate hasn’t had one since it disappeared from the Committee on Health along with termed out sponsor Elaine Alquist at the end of 2012.

That changed last week when the Senate publicly launched a new Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care at an informational hearing at the Glendale Central Library attended by 125 people.

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Too Few Docs to Set Baby Boomer Bones

July 8, 2014

Too Few Docs to Set Baby Boomer Bones

By Lisa Renner

More and more baby boomers start their senior years they are encountering an unwelcome side effect of aging – more falls and more fractures. At the same time, orthopedic surgeons in underserved areas are retiring to enjoy their golden years. Soon, advocates worry, there will be too few surgeons left to treat the growing number of elderly people who will require expert help with their broken bones.

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Dementia, The Greatest Generation, and a Ray of Sunshine

July 7, 2014

Dementia, The Greatest Generation, and a Ray of Sunshine

By Matt Perry

After restaurateur Sam Stelletello opened Sunshine Care to offer high-quality assisted living to World War II’s “Greatest Generation,” nearly all of his aging residents succumbed to dementia – most frequently Alzheimer’s disease.

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When the Spirit Moves You… in Later Life

June 22, 2014

When the Spirit Moves You… in Later Life

By Matt Perry

Sex scandals in the Catholic Church. Nativity scenes nixed during Christmas holidays. God kicked out of schools.

In American culture, God is taking one hell of a beating.

At the same time, the nation’s hunger for divine connection – especially among older adults – has never been higher.

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