Aging is Happening

November 2020


Professor keeps his students on their toes, even while learning at home

At age 64, John “Old Doc” Walsh of the USC Leonard Davis School recognizes the need to stay limber — especially in the middle of a two-hour online class.


Give back & stay connected to older adults this season

Even small gestures like sharing recipes or sending mail can help combat COVID-19-related loneliness.



Researchers detail "pandemic fatigue"

Study reveals that both younger and older adults resumed risky social behaviors as COVID-19 progressed.


Gerontology PhD grad and tech executive

Dr. Kerry Burnight PhD '96 says a degree in gerontology can apply to any career because "aging is living."


Three-nation group studies social factors & epigenetics

$2.9 million National Institute on Aging grant supports collaboration on how life circumstances affect gene expression and health.


In the News

“Age is the number one cause of risk for mortality from COVID, but it’s not chronological age, it’s biological age.” 
- Pinchas Cohen, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology dean, who was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on how COVID-19 will affect retirement and other lifestyle choices.
  • The Wall Street Journal featured Pinchas Cohen on how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact aging, retirement and lifestyle choices. 
  • Los Angeles Times featured the USC Family Caregiver Support Center’s local partnership with the First African Methodist Episcopal Church to support Black caregivers. “[The church] serves as that trusted middleman,” said Donna Benton, who runs the center.
  • The Times (UK) quoted Valter Longo on how too much bread in Italian diets is contributing to childhood obesity.
  • The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) quoted Caroline Cicero in an article about how the US will have its oldest president ever, no matter who wins the election. “I believe there’s a lot of ageism in the country that prompts people to say either candidate must be unfit for office because of his age,” Cicero said. “I do understand that people might be frustrated that two older white men are the choices, but that doesn’t mean they’re unfit because of their age.”
  • NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV featured research by Jung Ki Kim and Eileen Crimmins of the USC Leonard Davis School on pandemic fatigue among people of all ages. “It is concerning that people increased risky social behaviors over time, particularly older people, who could have more adverse consequences from meeting with family and friends,” Kim said. Additional coverage was found on Spectrum News 1KCRW-FMKCET and KNX 1070 AM.
  • Greater Wilmington Business Journal featured a column by alumna Suzanne Black on how older adults can avoid scams this holiday season.
  • ABC News Tucson affiliate KGUN quoted Buck Institute for Research on Aging President and CEO Brian Kennedy regarding healthy aging tips and mentioned his adjunct appointment with the USC Leonard Davis School.
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