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Personal Tech and the Pandemic: Older Adults Are Upgrading for a Better Online Experience

In 2020, the pandemic significantly limited social interaction, and technology became more important than ever for adults age 50-plus.

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Research on emerging innovations of interest to adults 50 and older.

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Health Disparities in South Carolina

Black people 50+ in South Carolina face significant disparities in the leading causes of morbidity and mortality, and in the social determinants of health.

Drug Prices Weigh on Older Americans

Prescription drugs prices worry older American, and they want lawmakers to take action to make them more affordable.

COVID and Mental Health Among Older Adults

COVID-19 has had a negative impact on older adults’ emotional well-being, but few seek help with mental health issues.

Caregiving Can Be Costly — Even Financially

AARP study among family caregivers to quantify their out-of-pocket expenses and risks to financial security for caregiving.

Perceptions About Dementia Don’t Match Reality

Both health care professionals and patients harbor misperceptions about dementia, according to a recent AARP survey.

Frequent Video Chats Help Bond Grandparents and Their Young Grandchildren

Video chat helped grandparents overcome social isolation during the pandemic and maintain a connection with their grandchildren.

Many Black LGBTQ People Cannot Be Fully Themselves Everywhere

LGBTQ organizations need to be more representative and inclusive of the Black LGBTQ community and to work towards their concerns.

Social Security and Medicare Benefits Out of Bounds for Fixing Federal Deficits

Cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits to fix federal deficits is strongly opposed by 85% of older Americans.

Perimenopause Is More Than Hot Flashes: What Women Need to Know

Women need more information about perimenopause to feel empowered to advocate for themselves.

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