Think teens need the sex talk? Older adults may need it even more

Drs. Healther Honoré Goltz and Matthew Smith's research has explored sexuality among older adults experiencing healthy aging and also aging with health challenges. We found that older adults who routinely talk with health care providers about sexual matters are more likely to be sexually active, despite sexual dysfunctions or other health issues. These conversations become more important considering high HIV/AIDS and STI rates, even among older adults in the U.S.  See full article here

Training to Reverse Opioid Overdoses: Texas A&M first in nation to train all health sciences students on opioid overdose reversal

With more than 130 Americans dying each day from opioid overdose, the Texas A&M University Health Science Center is responding, advancing training and education in pain management and substance abuse in innovative ways. Texas A&M is the first health science center in the nation to commit to train every health professions student to administer a reversal agent to opioid overdose victims, and save lives.  See full article here. 

Texas A&M Researchers Examine Fall Prevention Programs for Rural Older Adults

In a new study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, a research team led by Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, co-director of the Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging and associate professor in the environmental and occupational health department at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, analyzed data on fall prevention programs implemented across the United States between 2014 and 2017 with an eye on the levels of rurality of program location.  See full article here

Health delivered a million times over

When Texas A&M Healthy South Texas launched in September 2015, the innovative initiative had a single mission: to improve the lives of as many people in South Texas as possible. Today, significant strides are being made toward a vision of a healthy and vibrant community.

In just three years, Healthy South Texas made more than 1 million contacts with its programs. Community members, health care professionals, health care students and public officials have taken part in classes, workshops, events, health screenings, consultations and numerous other activities that instill the importance of healthy living for the prevention and management of chronic diseases.  See full article here

Most caregivers of people with dementia are family members, and they need help

Family care of an older adult has emerged as an essential element of the U.S. health care system, with 83 percent of long-term care provided to older adults coming from family members or other unpaid helpers. As the population of older adults grows, so too does the expectation of family care for persons living with dementia.  See full article here

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Supports Launch of New Rural Health Project with Texas A&M University

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) and Texas A&M University Health Science Center announced a new project to support collaborative care and healthy communities that will target identifying and implementing solutions to health care challenges facing rural and underserved communities in Texas. BCBSTX’s commitment of $10 million to Texas A&M Health Science Center is part of the company’s Affordability Cures endeavor aimed at accelerating efforts to reduce health care costs and improve outcomes, including by addressing health disparities and social determinants of health.  See full article here.  

Texas A&M Ory recognized for Significant Contributions from APHA Aging & Public Health Section

Regents and Distinguished Professor Dr. Marcia G. Ory, of the Texas A&M School of Public Health, will receive a special 40th Anniversary Award recognizing sustained and significant contributions to the APHA Aging and Public Health Section. Among Dr. Ory’s contributions include serving as Section Chair and continuing to serve as the Rural and Environment Award Chair. She has also mentored numerous graduate students and junior faculty throughout her career, further advancing the public health and aging field.  See full article here

The New Normal: Get Active to Ensure Healthy Aging

A positive attitude is a primary key to healthy aging, and over the past decades, the overall meaning of aging has changed dramatically according to Dr. Marcia G. Ory, associate vice president for strategic partnerships and initiatives at the Texas A&M Health Science Center. Dr. Ory says keeping a positive outlook on aging will lead to a healthier and happier life.  See full article here

As life expectancies rise, so are expectations for healthy aging

Many of the interacting factors influencing healthy aging – one’s genetic makeup, cellular biology, lifestyle behaviors, personal perspectives about aging, social engagement, and environment – and realize the importance of viewing aging as the culmination of all these factors. Despite the accumulation of chronic diseases such as arthritis, dementia, heart disease, diabetes, or cancer, aging is not a “disease” but rather a lifelong process that occurs from birth to death. Social and behavioral determinants are often stronger predictors of premature death than one’s biology or health care.  See full article here

Healthy Texas

Healthy Texas encourages Texans to take personal responsibility for their own health to reduce the burden of costly, preventable diseases as well as preparing health care providers and others to be more responsive to the health needs of Texas residents. The initiative offers research-based programming focused on lifestyle behaviors, health and wellness as well as both public and professional education. These programs are designed to engage families, enhance education, promote behavior change and improve the quality of medical care and health outcomes.  See full article here

Screening, Panel Discussion Brings Local Awareness of Opioid Crisis

September is National Recovery Month, designed to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders. As the American people face the opioid crisis, the Texas A&M Health Science Center Opioid Task Force is calling attention to how Texans experience and address these issues.  See full article here

Before the fall: How oldsters can avoid one of old age's most dangerous events

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in four older adults will fall each year. Falls are the leading cause of injury and injury deaths among older adults. The good news is that most falls are preventable, research has identified many modifiable risk factors for falls, and older adults can empower themselves to reduce their falls risks.  See full article here. 

Evidence-Based Practices to Reduce Falls and Fall-Related Injuries Among Older Adults

Four guest co-editors have come together to address issues related to falls from a multi-disciplinary perspective that reflects an appreciation of the clinical, community, and policy context in which falls occur. To embody this collective approach to fall prevention, encompassed within this research topic are 23 articles surrounding four interrelated topical areas: community-based interventions; clinical integration and intervention; special populations; and policy and systems.  See Ebook here

Point of View: Addresing the Opioid Epidemic in Rural Areas

Current national estimates are that there are 174 people dying from a drug overdose every day, according to the US Department of Agriculture. We know that Texas hasn't - yet - been hit as hard as other states, such as those in the Midwest, but with 191 rural counties, we can't afford to become complacent.  See full article here. 

Tackling the National Opioid Epidemic with a Comprehensive Strategy

Misuse of opioids has led to a crisis in our nation, with more than 42,000 deaths from overdoses in 2016. This is a 30 percent increase from the previous year, and it has actually lowered US life expectancy. The Opioid Task Force at Texas A&M University Health Science Center is combating this growing public health emergency with a dedicated team of scholars and practitioners.  See full article here. 

Point of View: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Rural Areas

We have long focused on rural health disparities. Rural areas have unique characteristics. Studies show that residents in rural areas tend to be older, poorer and sicker. They also often lack adequate access to health care. The opioid crisis has consistently found a foothold in these populations.  Thus, a goal is to strengthen rural communities’ health and to combat the opioid crisis.  See full article here. 

Texas A&M to Study New Transit Mode's Effects on Walking Habits

Regents and Distinguished Professor Dr. Marcia Ory, of the Texas A&M School of Public Health, will co-lead the research study with professor Dr. Chanam Lee, and associate professor Dr. Wei Li, of the Texas A&M College of Architecture. See full article here. 

Pre-existing conditions: The age group most vulnerable if coverage goes away

It’s important that health care needs for our aging population be viewed within a broader family and societal context. Additionally, it’s important to recognize that aging is a lifelong process. Health and well-being in the later years are largely determined by what are known as the social determinants of health, or factors within a society that influence a person’s health. These factors include such things as race, ethnicity, education, income, employment and even neighborhood environments.  See full article here.

Health at work: Addressing chronic disease in the workplace

Texas A&M and University of Georgia researchers conduct trial of workplace-tailored disease self-management program. See full article here. 

Ory named AVP of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives

Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH, Regents and Distinguished Professor at the School of Public Health, has been named associate vice president of strategic partnerships and initiatives for the Texas A&M University Health Science Center.  See full article here.    

Texercise Select: A program to promote healthy aging

A new study analyzed the effects of Texercise Select on healthy behaviors. See full article here

Cost-Effectiveness of a Community Exercise and Nutrition Program for Older Adults: Texercise Select

Published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, co-authored by Center for Population Health and Aging founding director, Dr. Marcia Ory. See full article here. 

Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging Opens, Formalizes Texas A&M Collaborations

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) highlights Dr. Marcia Ory's groundbreaking work in healthy aging and the opening of her new Texas A&M Board of Regents Center for Population Health and Aging. See full article here.  

6 Ways to Age Well and Save Money Doing It

Marcia Ory, PhD, a regents and distinguished professor and associate dean of research at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, offered several tips on cost-saving measures a person can implement to age well, such as exercising outside of a gym, practicing portion control or joining a community garden, among others. Click here for full story.