Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Aging Workshops and Zoom Presentations



Thank you HARRY MOODY for forwarding these to me! These events are in descending date order. All you need is a streaming device! Hope to see you there. AgeDoc

AGING, SPIRITUALITY, AND HEALTH. (May 27-28, 2021). The 7th European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health is happening on-line.  For details and registration visit: https://ecrsh.eu/ecrsh-2021
OLDER WORKERS: "How to Succeed in the New World of Work" (May 20, 2021, 1-2 pm, ET). Kerry Hannon and Marci Alboher in a fireside chat on how people over 50 can take control of their professional and economic futures. Sponsored by Encore Boston Network. Details and registration at https://bit.ly/3auGK94.
POSITIVE AGING: Zoom Event (May 21, 2021, 10 am, Pacific, 1 pm, ET)
The Positive Aging lunch group was previously held at AARP in Washington and in Boulder, CO. It is moderated by H.R. Moody and sponsored by the Creative Longevity and Wisdom Program at Fielding Graduate University. This Zoom event features Peter Whitehouse, M.D., a neurologist who will speak about his personal connection with the late Oliver Sacks. Whitehouse will also explore the role of neuroplasticity and of intergenerational ties for positive aging. Participation is open but requires preregistration, after which the URL will be available.  For preregistration or other questions send a message to hrmoody@yahoo.com
FILMS: “Legacy Film Festival on Aging” (May 24-31, 2021). Celebrated film festival in the San Francisco Bay Area, this year virtual. Check for film schedule and tickets at: https://legacyfilmfestivalonaging.org/2021/

SECOND ACT STORIES: "Ready to Launch Your Own Business? Lessons Learned from Steve & Laura" (May 24, 1-2 pm ET). Second Acts host Andy Levine in conversation with Laura Reposa & Steve Syre, who left journalism to start a food business. Sponsored by Encore Boston Network. Details and registration at https://bit.ly/3sEXKQY.
WORKING AT HOME: New Ways to Work from Home (May 25, 2021, 12 noon EDT)
This Revolutionize Your Retirement Interview with Expert Series features Helen Dennis, one of the Next Avenue’s Influencers in Aging. Sign-up at www.revolutionizeretirement.com  Participants will receive a recording link after contact. Direct questions to Dori Mintzer at: dorian@dorianmintzer.com
SECOND ACT STORIES: "Descendant of Georgetown Slaves Finds Second Act on Campus" (May 27, 2021, 1-2 pm ET). Second Acts host Andy Levine in conversation with Melisande Short-Colomb, who enrolled at Georgetown at age 65. Sponsored by Encore Boston Network. Details and registration at https://bit.ly/3wc909A.
MIDLIFE: “Navigating Midlife Transitions” (starting June 5, 2021) The Modern Elder Academy offers this on-line program.  Enrollment closes May 30.  For details visit: https://online.modernelderacademy.com/


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Generic Prescription Drugs - You Decide Who Benefits



Did you know that clinicians and patients requested branded prescription drugs over generics 30% of the time, yet branded dispensing wastes billions of dollars yearly? 


A cross-sectional study of 169 million Medicare Part D prescription claims from 2017 was examined by researchers Mariana Social, Ge Bai, and Gerard Anderson and published in the March 2, 2021 edition of JAMANetw Open. Their findings suggest that billions of dollars in savings could impact patients and the Medicare program by switching to generic drugs. According to the findings, older patients are often suspicious of generics and believe they are not the same as branded drugs. However, the FDA ensures they are equivalent. 


According to the FDA, generic drugs undergo a rigorous review to ensure patient safety. However, companies are allowed variation for non-active ingredients such as fillers, but the active ingredients must be identical to the branded drug. “Some differences, which must be shown to not affect how the medicine functions, are allowed between the generic and the brand-name product” (March 16, 2021). 


Readers, please carefully review the four resources below and decide for yourself if taking the generic drug is in your best interest.


Socal, M.P., Bai, G., Anderson, G.F. (2021, March 2). JAMA Newt Open, 4(3), e210483 doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.0483 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2776929


Drug Recalls from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (May 4, 2021). https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/drug-recalls


FDA Listing of Authorized Generics. April 21, 2021 https://www.fda.gov/media/77725/download


Postmarking Surveillance of Generic Drugs – FDA report https://www.fda.gov/media/111050/download





Friday, April 16, 2021

Life Expectancy Calculators



The average life expectancy for Americans is 83 for men and 86 for women. [Clarification: "Life expectancy" means how long you are expected to live IF BORN TODAY.] For retirement planning purposes, adults are aware that they may outlive their savings. What are your chances of living to the age of 100? Researchers have developed user-friendly online calculators to get a rough estimate of your life span and potential longevity.  

Aging expert and professor of medicine and geriatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Thomas Perls, has developed a “Living to 100 Longevity Calculator.”  He is the principal investigator of the largest and most comprehensive aging study in the world, the New England Centenarian Study.  The calculator is available at : https://livingto100.com/calculator

Other life expectancy calculators include:

Blue Zones Vitality Compass: The Vitality Compass is the life expectancy calculator from Blue Zones. Blue Zones is a publisher dedicated to uncovering the best strategies for longevity based on places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy longer lives. [Professionally, I do not recommend this one. It's not about where you live, it's about HOW YOU LIVE.]

Blueprint Income: The Blueprint Income life expectancy calculator has a great, easy to use interface and interesting outputs [Wharton Life Expectancy Calculator].

LifeSpan Calculator from Northwestern Mutual: Every time you answer one of the 14 questions on this easy to use life expectancy calculator, your estimated longevity is updated. This is great feedback for seeing how lifestyle choices and health factors impact how long you will live.

John Hancock Life Expectancy Calculator: This calculator includes questions about your blood pressure and cholesterol, making it seem extra accurate.

Big Life: Big Life asks specifics about different kinds of physical activity as well as collecting details about how much fruit and vegetables you eat each week — in addition to the normal questions.

NOTE: All of the above calculators are based on real data. However, it is important to state again that these calculators are not 100 percent accurate. They use averages and historical data to make projections. But remember, you are completely unique and there is no predicting the future.



Ageism and Intergenerational Contact



As a gerontologist, I have been interested in intergenerational connections, to the degree that I earned an intergenerational certification from the University of Pittsburgh. Negative impressions about older adults and negative impressions about younger people can be measured and mitigated in small settings, “intergenerational exchanges,” where measures before and after reveal degrees of ageism from both ends of the aging spectrum. However, we must back into ageism to understand it.

Where do these negative stereotypes come from? Everywhere! Embracing the notion that old people should retire at 65 or that they are "less than" or "greedy geezers" are other examples of ageism. Ageism is most prevalent in the media. Movies, television shows, greeting cards, commercials, news programs, and social media platforms. Old people are portrayed as deaf and it's funny. Old people are portrayed as decrepit and it's funny. Old people are portrayed as ugly and it's funny. Millennial adults are portrayed as selfish and immature, suspended in adolescence. Teens are often portrayed as lazy and unkempt.

Reducing ageism begins with ME, with YOU. Be aware of how ageism permeates society and how we can all be advocates for reducing harmful stereotypes. Pay attention to it and don’t participate in promoting it. More later! AgeDoc


Aging Workshops and Zoom Presentations

    Thank you HARRY MOODY for forwarding these to me! These events are in descending date order. All you need is a streaming device! Hope to...