Thursday, September 29, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Visual Synopsis of Queer Aging

Take a look -- a visual synopsis of Queer Aging: The Gayby Boomers and a New Frontier for Gerontology.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Niche, Demand, and a New Boom? But Can we Afford it?


Marketplace just published this feature, titled Niche in elder care: assisted living for LGBT seniors, on Stonewall Gardens in Palm Springs-- a new assisted living facility for LGBT seniors. The facilities, amenities, and, of course, location look fantastic. But what the piece does not tell you is the price tag: minimum monthly rate for a room: $2850 plus additional fees for special needs. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Oder it now! Queer Aging is Out

 I'm holding now the advance copies of Queer Aging! It looks fantastic.
Get yours @ Amazon. I'd love to see your own review --even one line-- on Amazon.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Queer Aging: The Gayby Boomers and a New Frontier for Gerontology

Queer Aging, the book, is now available for pre-order at 30% discount -- check it our here: Queer Aging at Oxford Univ Press.

As the first generation of gay men enters its autumn years, these men's responses to the physical and emotional tolls of aging promise to be as revolutionary as their advances in AIDS and civil rights activism. Older gay men's approaches to friendship, caregiving, romantic and sexual relationships, illness, and bereavement is upending conventional wisdom regarding the aging process, LGBTQ communities, and the entire field of gerontology.
  • An innovative new work that examines the aging of gay men through 11 first-person accounts
  • Interviews with racially and economically diverse older gay men offer unprecedented breadth of account and perspective
  • Includes theoretical and historical framework for engaging with subjects' first-person narratives
  • Ideal text for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level courses in sociology, American history, LGBTQ studies, gerontology, African American and Latino studies, and social work
  • Valuable resource for health professionals who serve LGBTQ communities and communities and color and friends, family, and caregivers of older gay men

    Table of Contents

    1: Introduction: Queering Gerontology
    2: Stan:"If I'm left, then I have to be the best little gay boy ever"
    3: Anthony: " It has to be something else to this"
    4: Marvin: "I learned very early that it's not just about being gay"
    5: Robert: "I'm a pusher and I don't like to hear the word 'no'"
    6: Ramiro: "My family is really my gay friends"
    7: Grand: "I am a humanitarian"
    8: Charlie:"...being older and being by yourself"
    9: Adam:"...age is just a number. I don't necessarily put much stock in it"
    10: Jesse:"I am a chameleon. I adapt to whatever you throw me into"
    11: Louis: "I'm always meeting the underdog people"
    12: Jimmy: "The party came to a crashing end"
    13: The Praxis of Queer Gerontology


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Does HIV Accelerate Aging?

The long-term effects of HIV is one of the hottest topics in the field, along with that of Pre-exposure prophylaxis,PrEP. But it might be something we will never know because we can not disassociate the effects of HIV from the ongoing "aging" process, the medications (and which types of meds), co-occurring  conditions, like diabetes, and the interactions among all of them. 

The latest study, featured on NPR (People Who Are HIV-Positive May Be Aging Faster Than Their Peers), tries to get at this question via our DNA -- an innovative technique reminiscent of an archeological exploration. The results hint at -- as most medical studies do, it could go as far as suggesting-- an accelerated aging effect. But this does not offer any new clues for prevention and treatment, yet. The conclusion actually applies to everybody: see your doctor, exercise, and eat well.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Labor Force in Geriatrics Is Shrinking

forever youngWe all pay the price for ageism – our negative views of old age. Most of us will need some form of care as we age, yet the work force of geriatrics and gerontology is shrinking. I argue, as this article in the NYT does, that our views about old age discourage younger people to enter into professions related to health and human services for the elderly.

Our challenge is to incentivize entry into the fields of gerontology. And rational arguments don’t do the job. We frequently remind students of two main facts: Most of us will reach older age and older people will become the larger population sector in the United States pretty soon. But they, young students, want to learn about global health, sexuality, obesity, and the environment.

I do not think we have the answers to this challenge yet and it will take a combination of factors: likely, we will rely on recent immigrants for the supply of care; in our market economy we would need to increase financial rewards for those working in geriatrics; and we would have to re-conceptualize old age, which is the most difficult task we face.