Stories by Beth Newcomb:
One unit short, WWII vet returns to become USC’s oldest graduate at 96
Alfonso Gonzales started at USC in 1947 as the first person in his family to go to college.
Americans living longer with disability or health issues, study shows
Findings led by USC University Professor challenge assumptions that increased longevity is a sign of good health.
Newly discovered proteins may protect against age-related illnesses
The proteins could play a key role in the aging process and the onset of diseases linked to older age.
Helping older adults brings joy to USC gerontology student
A senior’s beloved grandmother was a big reason why she decided to study aging.
Researchers pinpoint brain region as ‘ground zero’ of Alzheimer’s disease
The locus coeruleus is a small part of the brainstem that releases the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating heart rate and cognition.
Student-designers make spaces, products more accessible
USC Davis competition puts principles of Universal Design to work on everyday items and locations.
In memoriam: James E. Birren, 97
The founding dean of the USC Davis School of Gerontology cemented the school’s role as an educational pioneer in the field.
USC to team on gerontology course with Israel, home of the ‘silver tsunami’
Students can explore the topic in a country where young people are being outnumbered by the elderly.
Why we remember — or forget — details of alarming moments
USC study proposes a new explanation behind shocking or exciting incidents that can either improve or impair the memories surrounding them.
Procreation trumps survival — even on a cellular level
Phenomenon observed in worms suggests that, if needed, mothers are biologically hardwired to sacrifice their health to produce future generations.
Men with Alzheimer’s gene at risk of brain bleeding, study finds
The report offers new evidence that the brain-wasting disease is unique to humans.
Stereotypes in health care can make patients feel worse, study finds
The USC-led study indicates that health care professionals and hospitals should be sensitive to stereotypes that could otherwise lead some patients to avoid care.
CPR usually saves lives on TV, but what about real life?
Medical dramas make resuscitation look twice as effective as in the real world, USC study finds.
Older adults find fulfillment as volunteers who help the young, USC study finds
By reaping the wisdom of seniors, children boost their social standing, well-being and academics.
Why don’t men live as long as women?
A new USC-led study reveals that vulnerability to heart disease is the biggest culprit behind a surge in higher death rates for men versus women during the 20th century.
USC Davis course helps contractors make homes safer for older adults
A new online program evaluates challenges and injury risks, using universal design principles to modify homes.
Siblings, business partners and classmates
USC Davis Master of Arts in Gerontology graduates turn learning into a family affair.
Aging symposium examines Alzheimer’s, longevity and independence
USC Davis faculty share research, assessing its impact on older adults and their families.
Striking art, presented with no explanation
Keck School of Medicine volunteer faculty member and longtime photographer Bill Wishner showcases urban wall art photos in USC’s Sophie Davis Art Gallery.
Gerontology student spans the globe to study aging
Alexander Woodman has researched public health and healthy aging in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
USC Davis junior faculty receive research awards
Cleopatra Abdou and Sean Curran get grants aimed at supporting one-year pilot research projects into healthy lifestyles and genes.
Healthy at 100? For many Americans, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’
USC study finds a good number of centenarians have no major disability or chronic disease.
Professor to be honored for end-of-life research
The award of excellence recognizes a commitment to grief, loss and bereavement.
Gerontology school aims to improve retirement planning for older adults
USC Davis teams up on a training program focusing on various aspects of aging.