Vitality Magazine Fall 2021

Aging as a Global Issue

How international collaboration addresses the challenges facing aging societies

Aging as a Global Issue

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need for international collaboration and effective solutions for challenges posed by aging populations.

News Bites, Findings and more

New Book Provides Lessons in Senior Living Leadership

Inspired by a popular class, Paths to Leadership in the Senior Living Industry, edited by Edward Schneider and Matthew Lifschultz MAASM ’18, collects the wisdom of top senior living leaders.

A Healthy Start for the Fall Semester

To help students stay active and relieve stress, Associate Professor John Walsh brings the exercise routine he led during online lectures to campus.

Small Protein Protects Pancreatic Cells in Model of Type 1 Diabetes

Mitochondrial peptide MOTS-c regulates the immune system and prevents the self-destruction of cells that create insulin, according to a new study in mice.

International Comparisons Provide New Insights on Aging

USC faculty co-edit publication examining impacts of social and economic factors across the life course.

Latinos are more likely to die from COVID-19, underlining racial and ethnic disparities in outcomes

“Even among a population of Medicaid patients who are similarly economically disadvantaged, Latinos are shouldering an unfair burden of this deadly pandemic,” said study co-author Mireille Jacobson.

Study Highlights Differences in Immune Cell Function Between Male and Female Mice

How short-lived neutrophils respond to pathogens appears to vary greatly between the sexes and with age, says Bérénice Benayoun.

$4 Million National Institute on Aging Grant Supports Next Generation of Geroscientists

USC-Buck Geroscience Training Program in the Biology of Aging funds pre- and postdoctoral researchers at the USC Leonard Davis School.

Eileen Crimmins wins demography field’s most prestigious award

The Population Association of America Irene B. Taeuber Award recognizes innovative contributions to the scientific study of population.

Seven Tips about Alzheimer’s and Brain Health from USC Experts

Here’s just some of what we’ve learned by listening to Lessons in Lifespan Health, the podcast produced by the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

USC Launches Three New Nutrition and Dietetics Master’s Degrees

Beginning in the fall of 2021, these innovative programs, offered both online and on campus, will provide students with a flexible approach to gaining expertise for in-demand careers in areas of food service management, dietetics, and nutrition across the lifespan.

USC Gerontology Students Help Older Adults Navigate Technology, Fight Isolation

Students serve their local communities and empower older adults via virtual communication. 

Perspectives of African-American women missing from aging-in-place research

Current literature is not sufficiently inclusive of the issues African-American women face as they attempt to age in place, says Reginald Tucker-Seeley.

Feature Stories

Labor of Love: COVID-19 Made it Clear We Need to Care for Caregivers

The pandemic kept kids home from school and upended the workplace, placing Americans who care for aging family members under even more pressure.

Knowledge and Service

Three students share how their gerontology education empowers them to help older adults become healthier and happier.

A Commencement Like No Other

During physically distanced ceremonies held twice daily from May 14 through 20, 2021, more than 36,000 diplomas were conferred to USC graduates in the classes of 2020 and 2021, including more than 400 graduates of the USC Leonard Davis School.

Amazon indigenous group’s lifestyle may hold a key to slowing down aging

According to a new study, the Tsimane people in Bolivia appear to have healthier brains that age more slowly.

What’s in a Name? Boomers and Zoomers can define age groups yet defy stereotypes

Labels present challenges to fighting ageism and promoting intergenerational understanding, say USC experts.

Giving, Honors and Awards, and more

Grow Old With Me

“We are looking forward to experiencing everything in our life together… We believe that aging can be a positive experience, and growing older together is sweet.”

Hanson-Thorell Family Research Awards Support New Studies on Diet & Exercise

Research Assistant Professors T. Em Arpawong and Sebastian Brandhorst will each receive $25,000 in funding for one-year pilot projects.

Two Health Food Industry Pioneers Support Research on How Diet & Nutrition Affect Alzheimer’s

The USC Daryl and Irwin Simon Nutrition for Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Research Fund was created to explore the role diet can play in the prevention or delay of Alzheimer’s disease.

New Scholarship Fund Honors Edward Schneider

Friends of the Leonard Davis School and Dean Emeritus Edward Schneider joined with foundations and companies to endow the new Schneider Scholarship Fund.

Gift Supports Senior Living Students

Donations provide scholarship support for students pursuing the first-of-its-kind Master of Arts in Senior Living Hospitality, which is designed to prepare senior living professionals to address a growing population and changing consumer demands.

Remembering Professor Emerita Phoebe S. Liebig

Liebig, who passed away February 24, 2021, was a celebrated gerontology educator and expert on public policy for older adults.