Vitality Magazine Fall 2020

The Fall 2020 issue of Vitality Magazine is here!

Staying Apart, Working Together

Important conversations and collaborations unite our school community despite the distance.

A century of COVID-19: what history tells us about the long-term effects of a pandemic

USC research showed that people born during or just after the 1918 flu pandemic faced increased heart disease risk more than 60 years later. The legacy of the novel coronavirus could be worse.

Caring for Caregivers

Amid challenges posed by COVID-19, recent national attention on the needs of caregivers is long overdue, says Donna Benton, director of the USC Family Caregiver Support Center.

Form, function, and fighting disease in senior living

More important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, USC experts teach students how to design and operate senior living facilities that promote public health.

USC Gerontology Experts and Students Promote Intergenerational Understanding

During a tumultuous year full of fear and conflict — from an unprecedented pandemic to a bitter election fight — conversations between younger and older people can produce mutual benefit and meaningful change.

From USC Leonard Davis School undergrad to medical doctor fighting COVID-19

Humanitarian Tyler Evans ’02 has responded to disease outbreaks around the globe and is now the chief medical officer overseeing the COVID-19 response for the New York City Department of Emergency Management.

Sisters’ Gifts Support Research in Biology of Aging

Lisa Wong ’89, and her sister, Linda Wong, recently created an endowed research fund dedicated to the biology of aging and a better understanding of the diseases of aging.

New Biology of Aging Research Fund Provides Immediate Support Over Five Years

Kathleen Gilmore, one of the newest members of the USC Leonard Davis School Board of Councilors, recently helped create a research fund dedicated to the study of the biology of aging.

Read All About It

2020 was one for the books at the USC Leonard Davis School as faculty, students and alumni came together over Zoom for a series of book club discussions exploring titles related to longevity and pandemics.

Virtual cultural immersion in Colombia

In May 2020, students in GERO 499 took a virtual visit to Colombia.

USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health Receives $4.4 Million Renewal

National Institute on Aging-funded center has been a pioneering force for integrating biological data into population studies for more than 20 years.

An Unprecedented Internship: Living in a Retirement Community during COVID-19

While most USC Leonard Davis students had their internships pivot to a virtual setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nelson Rubio Argueta’s internship site, Kingsley Manor Retirement Community in Los Angeles, was also his home.

Online Education with Expertise and Optimism

As online education and virtual classrooms slowly become the norm, students and teachers alike continue to tackle new challenges together.

USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and The Buck Institute for Research on Aging Win $4.6 Million NIA Grant

Prestigious award establishes the USC-Buck Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging.

USC Leonard Davis School Assistant Professors Receive Hanson-Thorell Research Awards For Promising Research Directions

Jessica Y. Ho will explore the impact of the opioid epidemic on older adults, and Andrei Irimia will examine risk of cognitive decline after concussions.