Vitality Magazine Spring 2020

Our Spring 2020 issue is here. Read about how older adults on social media are challenging ageist stereotypes, and learn more about the school’s response to and expertise regarding COVID-19 in a special supplement.


How social media influencers are challenging misconceptions and celebrating real aging online.

Strength Gains and Healthy Brains

Games like crossword puzzles and sudoku are often practiced to keep brains flexing, but in the face of cognitive decline, physical strength training could also help maintain or improve cognition.

Q&A with Teal Eich

Teal Eich, assistant professor of gerontology, is a cognitive neuroscientist who explores age-related changes in brain function.

Students fight Alzheimer’s in Washington, D.C.

On a trip to Washington, D.C., a group of USC Leonard Davis School students met actor Seth Rogen playing a more serious role: Alzheimer’s activist. 

USC Chapter of GlamourGals Shows the Beauty of Intergenerational Friendship

Volunteer opportunity provides senior living residents with manicures, makeovers, and companionship and inspires a gerontology student to do more.

Alumni at Work

How the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology helped three graduates explore the gerontology field and forge unique careers in aging and health.

Leading by Example

An accomplished scientist and award-winning mentor, Sean Curran helps students embrace surprises and the discoveries they can yield.

Life Courses

A multifaceted curriculum provides students with an expanding set of entry points for understanding all aspects of aging, including their own.

The Big Picture

The “Alzheimer’s Exposome” framework illustrates how environmental and genetic factors interact to more fully illustrate disease risk.

In memoriam: Vern Bengtson, professor of gerontology, social work and sociology

In a USC career that spanned over 50 years, Bengtson explored the roles of faith and family across generations.

USC Leonard Davis School celebrates its students and supporters

The Scholars and Benefactors Luncheon is an annual event recognizing the donor support that makes scholarships and other important school initiatives possible.

USC celebrates International Day of Older Persons

To mark the United Nations-created holiday, the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology led campus-wide events raising awareness of the opportunities and challenges related to our aging society.