• Alzheimer’s Costs Could Hit $1.5 Trillion a Year by 2050
    As the Baby Boomer population ages, the annual cost of Alzheimer’s disease treatment in the U.S. is expected to nearly quintuple to $1.5 trillion each year, according to a study by Julie Zissimopoulos and Patricia St. Clair of the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and Eileen Crimmins of the USC Davis School of Gerontology. [Continue Reading...]
  • New Gift Will Inspire USC Student Innovators to Help Older Adults
    Just in time for November’s National Entrepreneur Month, entrepreneur Kevin Xu '11 and his wife Leah Yang MASM '13 are announcing a commitment from the Xu family to the USC Davis School of Gerontology to establish the Brighten Award for Entrepreneurial Gerontology.
  • Helping Caregivers Provide Safe, Healthy Care for Loved Ones
    The 2014 Caregivers Are Learning More (CALM) Conference and Resource Fair, hosted by the USC Family Caregiver Support Center on November 1, provided valuable education and resources to local community members caring for elderly and/or disabled loved ones.
  • How and why could a gene that stunts growth also shut down cancer and diabetes?
    USC biogerontologist Valter Longo and Ecuadorian endocrinologist Jaime Guevara-Aguirre are hoping to find the answer in a study of 30 individuals from Ecuador who visited Los Angeles. The researchers hope the results will lead medicine to pharmaceuticals or controlled diets achieving the same apparent protection from major diseases as Laron syndrome, the growth-stunting genetic mutation shared by 16 of the 30 visitors. [Continu Reading...]
  • Leaders and Experts from Across the State Share Ideas for Helping Californians Age in Place
    The 2014 Morton Kesten Summit, “Designing California’s Future: Aging in Place Innovations,” explored how advances in design, health care, social services, and technology are needed to enable older adults to stay safe and active in the community as they age.
  • Eat all the sweets you want and maintain the same weight?
    New research by USC Davis School of Gerontology scientist, Dr. Sean Curran, and his team may have discovered a gene that can suppress the obesity that comes with having a high sugar and fat diet. It yielded positive results in C. Elegans worms and human cell petri dishes. The next step is testing mice. [Continue Reading...]
  • Two USC Davis Studies Led by Valter Longo Snag Most-Read Spots in Cell Press Journals
    Two studies led by Edna Jones Professor in Gerontology and Professor in Biological Science Valter Longo have been listed as the most-read articles in their respective Cell Press journals. The article in Cell Stem Cell highlighted how fasting cycles induced immune system regeneration, and the Cell Metabolism article examined high-protein diets and their effects on cancer and mortality rates. [Continue Reading...]

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USC Davis School of Gerontology Honors Gerald A. Larue, may he rest in peace

Larue taught popular courses on death and dying for four decades, starting when he was in religious studies and continuing through his 25 years in the USC Davis School of Gerontology. The courses were cathartic for many students, especially when Larue asked them to reflect on losses they had experienced. Please Click photo to read more about his life.