Aiming to ward off ‘spiral of decline’ in aging rural South African population

Researchers analyzed data collected as part of the HAALSI study to learn more about the self-reported physical activity (PA) levels of a population over 40 years old. Factors such as … Continue reading “Aiming to ward off ‘spiral of decline’ in aging rural South African population”

Is social capital valuable in protecting cognitive function in lower-resource settings such as rural South Africa?

While theories about the connection between strong social supports and better cognitive health among an aging population are well established in higher resource settings (high income, high education levels), less … Continue reading “Is social capital valuable in protecting cognitive function in lower-resource settings such as rural South Africa?”

HAALSI study takes closer look at HIV incidence among older adults in South Africa

While there is much data on the levels of prevalence of HIV among older South Africans, less is known about the risks of older people acquiring HIV. Research from the … Continue reading “HAALSI study takes closer look at HIV incidence among older adults in South Africa”

Why are more women than men dying of coronavirus in Massachusetts? Berkman, Krieger provide some possible reasons…

Globally and nationally, the gender divide is clear; more men than women are dying of the coronavirus. The Boston Globe spoke with Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and … Continue reading “Why are more women than men dying of coronavirus in Massachusetts? Berkman, Krieger provide some possible reasons…”

Impact of traumatic events earlier in life still registers among older cohort in rural South Africa

Researchers affiliated with a longitudinal study on aging in South Africa (HAALSI) have published a paper that examines the impact of traumatic events experienced earlier in the life course on … Continue reading “Impact of traumatic events earlier in life still registers among older cohort in rural South Africa”

Community-based screening may help to raise awareness and control hypertension among aging adults in China

Recent Harvard Bell Fellow Nikkil Sudharsanan, along with faculty member Till Bärnighausen and their colleagues, have published a study that shows an association between the intervention and lower systolic blood … Continue reading “Community-based screening may help to raise awareness and control hypertension among aging adults in China”

U.S. “Silver Tsunami” negatively impacting (and suffering from) climate change

A study finds that aging Americans (a growing population) consume more energy. Learn more about the research findings of Harvard Pop Center faculty member Hossein Estiri and his colleague Emilio … Continue reading “U.S. “Silver Tsunami” negatively impacting (and suffering from) climate change”

Harvard Chan School reports: Lisa Berkman in CNN piece on importance of social connections as we age

Lisa Berkman shares her thoughts with CNN on how having strong social connections can help us weather the challenges of aging. Learn more in this news item by the Harvard … Continue reading “Harvard Chan School reports: Lisa Berkman in CNN piece on importance of social connections as we age”