Aging is Happening

August 2020


Dementia-Related Deaths Exceed Official Reports

U.S. death certificate data appears to vastly underestimate the true mortality burden of dementia and other cognitive impairment.


How Racism is a Threat to Public Health

Reggie Tucker-Seeley and colleague Jhumpka Gupta discuss how hate impacts health across the life course.


Awards Support Aging & Reproduction Research

USC Leonard Davis scientists study how to better model menopause in the lab and how the microbiome affects reproductive function.


Online Education with Expertise and Optimism

As online education and virtual classrooms become the norm, students and teachers alike continue to tackle new challenges together.


In the News

“These findings indicate that dementia represents a much more important factor in U.S. mortality than previously indicated by routine death records.”
- Eileen Crimmins, who was quoted in Fox News on how U.S. death certificate data underestimates the number of dementia-related deaths.
  • Fox News and New York Post featured research by Eileen Crimmins on dementia being the underlying cause in many American deaths. Dementia was underestimated 7 times more in Black older adults, 4 times more in Hispanics, and 2.3 times more in White older adults dying from dementia than government records showed, and dementia-related deaths were also underreported more in individuals without a high school education.
  • KPCC's AirTalk interviewed Donna Benton regarding isolation and loneliness in nursing homes. "We’re certainly seeing more of a sense of hopelessness and helplessness, feelings of anxiety and particularly of isolation."
  • Medium's In Health and Fitness quoted Cary Kreutzer on how virtual Overeaters Anonymous meetings could help those struggling with pandemic-related stress eating. There is a fair amount of shame that is felt and experienced for those individuals, for whom going to a physical place may be too much to take on, she explained. “Online is almost a middle ground of trying it out without fully investing.”
  • Medium featured an interview with Valter Longo on eating, fasting, and exercising for health and longevity. “What happens if you shrink an organism and then you re-expand it? What seems to happen — and we’ve shown it over and over and over — is that when you shrink it, you get rid of lots of junk. Bad cells, damaged cells, damaged cellular components. ... And when you rebuild, you rebuild younger or brand new," Longo said.
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