Office for Aging Research and Health Services

Welcome from the Director

Conwell Yeates, M.D.

Yeates Conwell, M.D.

Late in the morning of March 14, 1932 George Eastman lay in his bedroom on the second floor of his East Avenue mansion. After speaking briefly with advisors, he wrote a note—"Friends, my work is done. Why wait?"—and shot himself in the chest. The fabulously wealthy industrialist, founder of Kodak, and generous philanthropist was dead at the age of 77.

Although Mr. Eastman’s suicide note reflected autonomy and self-determination, his mounting physical illness, pain, disability, and social isolation suggest a different story. Worldwide, older adults have higher rates of suicide than any other segment of the population. Aging poses many challenges to which even the most privileged are vulnerable; those with fewer sources, especially so.

However, despite the inevitable challenges it poses, older adults tend to be happier with their lot than do younger and middle aged adults. This phenomenon is called the "paradox of aging."

Older adults have much to teach us! We look forward to your participation in that learning process.

Article of the Month

Plasma phospholipids identify antecedent memory impairment in older adults

Mapstone et al, Nat Med 2014

Dr. Mapstone and his colleagues are trying to develop novel and inexpensive ways to detect Alzheimer’s disease for early treatment and testing new interventions. In this study they describe the discovery and validation of a set of lipids found in blood that may represent some of the early biological changes in Alzheimer’s disease.  This finding, if found in other studies may herald a new paradigm for detecting the disease much earlier than is currently possible.  A blood test could be developed which would be easy to administer and inexpensive and may allow for earlier treatments when they may do the most good.

 

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