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We wish you and your loved ones a holiday season and new year
filled with health and happiness. 

- From Dean Pinchas Cohen 
and the USC Leonard Davis School

MAGAZINE

Fall 2020 Vitality now online

In the latest issue of Vitality magazine, see how our school community fosters connections, conversations and collaboration despite the distance. 
 

PANDEMIC

A century of COVID-19

People born during or just after the 1918 pandemic faced increased heart disease risk decades later. COVID-19 could prove worse.

COMMUNITY

Intergenerational understanding

During a tumultuous year, conversations between younger and older people produce mutual benefit and meaningful change.

LITERATURE

Read all about it

If you're looking for suggestions for holiday reading, explore these recommended titles related to longevity and pandemics.

STUDENTS

An Unprecedented Internship

While other students interned remotely, Nelson Rubio Argueta's internship site, Kingsley Manor Retirement Community, was also his home.

In the News

“We’re dealing with an incredible rise in the number of seniors who will require some sort of care. This is the result of tremendous success in making people live longer, but more and more people are spending their final years in some degree of disability. There’s got to be some solution.” 
- Pinchas Cohen, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology dean, who was featured on KPCC-FM's AirTalk on how COVID-19 will change views on aging and retirement.
  • The New York Times quoted Distinguished Scholar in Residence Paul Irving on the health benefits for older adults who volunteer. “The health benefits for older volunteers are mind-blowing,” he said. When older folks go in for physicals, he said, “in addition to taking blood and doing all the other things that the doctor does when he or she pushes and prods and pokes, the doctor should say to you, ‘So tell me about your volunteering.’”
  • U.S. News & World Report highlighted Professor Valter Longo and his pioneering work with the fasting mimicking diet.
  • Next Avenue featured a column by Paul Irving on how the pandemic has highlighted the resilience of older adults. "Rather than seeing older people as a burden, this is an opportunity to recognize their age as an asset and a source of strength," he wrote.
  • USC News featured a column by Instructional Associate Professor Paul Nash for World AIDS Day on December 1. "Over 70% of people living with HIV in the USA will be age 50 or older," he wrote. "While this is largely a success story, this does bring with it a new set of challenges and steep learning curves."
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