Older women in the United States continue to live longer than men, on average, but they’re spending an increasing share of their later years living with a disability, research suggests.

Sarah A. Tishkoff (U Penn) et al. argue for the need to have more diverse populations in studies of genetic association with disease. Most studies of this type have focused on Europeans, they said, adding that “this European bias has important implications for risk prediction of diseases across global populations.”

Lisa Berkman (Harvard) examines ties between an individual’s social connections and their health and longevity, noting comparisons of social social isolation and other major mortality risk factors, like smoking. Also, eating together with people in your social circles can have its benefits, said Berkman.

Brian E. McGarry, Nicole Maestas, and David C. Grabowski concluded, in an article published in the journal Health Affairs, found that inefficiencies in an internet-based Medicare tool called “The Plan Finder” used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help beneficiaries identify a preferred plan, may be resulting in consumers not choosing the lowest cost plans that fit their needs.

UCLA received $2 million grant from the Eisner Foundation to support three programs: Generation Xchange, TimeOut@UCLA and the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program.

“We are grateful for the support and vision of the Eisner Foundation in its goal of bringing young and old people together to solve problems and enrich communities,” said David Reuben, Archstone Professor of Medicine and chief of the UCLA Division of Geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “This grant will support three existing UCLA programs and provide seed funding for new programs to meet that noble mission.”

The NIA’s Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN) is seeking to fund two or more pilot or developmental projects that involve multiple NIA-sponsored research centers to foster new research in the area of Behavior Change to Benefit Older Adults including change in the behaviors of older adults, care givers, health care providers, health care delivery systems or neighborhoods. The RCCN has set aside $80,000 to fund at least 2 projects addressing this topic. Applications are due March 4, 2019 with awards announced by April 30, 2019.
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“Older black adults with high blood pressure, and especially black men, show more severe cognitive declines than white adults who have high blood pressure”

The Butler-Williams Scholars Program provides unique opportunities for junior faculty and researchers who are new to the field of aging to gain insight about research on aging from a number of perspectives.

Location: Bethesda, MD

Date: July 29-August 2, 2019

Application Deadline: March 22, 2019

Led by Marguerite Burns, PhD, Department of Population Health Sciences at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and co-principal investigator Ryan Westergaard, MD, PhD, department of Medicine, the project will explore the effects of the April 2014 expansion of Medicaid eligibility and the subsequent addition of prison-based Medicaid enrollment on treatment access, use and outcomes for opioid use disorder and HCV for adults released from state prisons.

The study will quantify the influence of opioid and HCV treatment and prevention resources on the relationship between Medicaid and post-incarceration healthcare use, mortality and reincarceration. The study’s findings will inform federal and state efforts to identify policies that will address these issues. The long-term objective of this research is to prevent opioid overdose deaths and reduce HCV transmission by improving the transition to care when individuals are released from prison.

Caregivers 60 and older who provide “marginal” assistance–spending up to an hour helping often with just one activity–report worse well-being than those who help two hours a day handling various activities, according to Vicki Freedman, research professor at the U-M Institute for Social Research.

Freedman and colleagues said the finding is counterintuitive to well-established thinking that caring for more hours poses a greater psychological burden on family and other unpaid caregivers.

“It may be that these marginally involved caregivers find it harder to incorporate care into their busy lives,” Freedman said. “Or it could be those with worse well-being are less able to take on a more substantial caregiving role.”