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Aging is Happening

May 2018

$20 million gift creates research center on longevity and aging at USC
Mei-Lee Ney’s donation is the largest in the history of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
A new center dedicated to research on longevity and healthy aging has been established at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology with a $20 million gift from Mei-Lee Ney.

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Why people become more prone to distraction with age
Changes to a brain network as we age may mean older adults have greater difficulty ignoring distractions while under stress, compared to younger adults. 

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USC Professors Receive One of France’s Highest Honors
USC Professors Kelvin J. A. Davies and Enrique Cadenas have been named officers of France’s National Order of Merit — a prestigious award and honor bestowed by the President of France (Grand Master of the Order).

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Student designers make everyday items and spaces safer and easier to use for all The Morton Kesten Universal Design Competition recognizes extraordinary designs for products and spaces that make life easier for everyone, including older or disabled individuals.  

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In the News

Media Highlights Featuring USC Leonard Davis Experts 

The New York Times interviewed USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Assistant Research Professor Anna Rahman and featured USC Leonard Davis research about the use of Yelp and Nursing Home Compare websites by consumers looking to choose a nursing home. “We had a growing sense of how disappointing those measures have been,” Rahman said of Nursing Home Compare.

Los Angeles Business Journal and The Chronicle of Philanthropy highlighted a $20 million gift to the USC Leonard Davis School from Mei-Lee Ney to create a research center on healthy aging and longevity as the world's population ages.

The San Jose Mercury News quoted Berenice Benayoun of the USC Leonard Davis School on how individual immune cells age and the impact of an individual's environment on the aging process.

Newsweek featured research by Eileen Crimmins of the USC Leonard Davis School that found college-educated Americans live longer without dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The researchers found a college education was a strong indicator of more years spent with a healthy mind.

U.S. News & World Report highlighted research by Valter Longo of the USC Leonard Davis School that suggests chemotherapy might be more effective if the patient practices a fasting-mimicking diet. "The cancer cells are usually dependent on much more glucose than [normal cells], [so] by decreasing the glucose [present in the body] you can generate problems" for the cancer cells, Longo said. According to Longo, the same principles could apply to treating a variety of human diseases.

Los Angeles Sentinel reported on a research project by Donna Benton of the USC Leonard Davis School’s Family Caregiver Support Center to survey California residents who work and support a family member, friend, or loved one with a serious health condition or disability.

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