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PODCAST

Measuring Mutations

On the latest episode of Lessons in Lifespan Health, Assistant Professor Marc Vermulst discusses using state-of-the-art techniques to identify potential targets for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments and other diseases of aging. 

COVID-19

Caregivers Face Vaccine Challenges

USC experts explain how the pandemic has made finding care for elderly immigrants harder — and what can be done to help caregivers.

RESEARCH

Random Changes Play Important Aging Role

Caleb Finch proposes a new model to describe how small changes in cells can contribute to significant differences in lifespan.

AWARD

Center Recognized for Policy Impact

The USC Family Caregiver Support Center received an award for work on behalf of the California Task Force on Family Caregiving. 

IN MEMORIAM

Remembering Phoebe Liebig

Liebig, who passed away February 24, 2021, was a celebrated gerontology educator and expert on public policy for older adults.

HOUSING

Senior Living and Shipping Containers

Construction experts discussed the potential of modular senior living and skilled nursing facilities with the Student Gerontology Association.

In the News

“COVID-19 is expected to reverse over 10 years of progress made in closing the Black-white gap in life expectancy.” 
- Postdoctoral Researcher Theresa Andrasfay, who was quoted in Forbes on how COVID-19 deaths have shortened life expectancy among Black and Latino populations.
  • Washington Post featured research by Theresa Andrasfay on how coronavirus deaths have shortened American life expectancy, especially among Black and Latino populations. “This shows just how this pandemic is operating a little bit differently than other causes of death,” she said. Additional coverage was found in the Los Angeles Daily News.
  • The Washington Post featured Elizabeth Zelinski on what aging adults should and shouldn’t do to keep their minds healthy. “Smoking is probably the number one risk factor — it affects your nervous system and vascular system,” she said.
  • STAT featured a column coauthored by Mireille Jacobson on why palliative care hasn't been widely adopted in the U.S. despite its efficacy.
  • Yahoo News featured Eileen Crimmins and Jennifer Ailshire on the states with the longest and shortest life expectancies. “States that took Obamacare and took the federal government supplement to insure their uninsured populations, that played a role.” Crimmins said.
  • Washington Post quoted Valter Longo on how outdated advice to have many small meals a day has led to people eating for a larger portion of a day.
  • McKnight’s Senior Living mentioned the USC Master of Arts in Senior Living Hospitality in an article on a new master’s program.
  • The American Society on Aging Generations Now blog featured a column by Caroline Cicero on retired faculty member and gerontology luminary Phoebe Liebig, who passed away on February 24, 2021. “Phoebe encouraged us to “work smart” and find our focus, to take care of ourselves and our families, plan for our futures and remember our pasts,” Cicero wrote. “She balanced being a scholarly advisor, professional coach, cheerleader and discerning editor, with motherly and grandmotherly advice, smiles and hugs sprinkled in to keep us going.”
  • USC Annenberg Media featured alumna Portia Cheng, who opened a tea shop during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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