Articles tagged with: ageing

How has an aging population impacted HIV programs and services in Canada?

published: October, 06, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

The needs of people growing older with HIV are complex. How are community-based organizations and HIV clinics meeting the needs of the older people with HIV that they serve? John McCullagh reports.

How has an aging population impacted HIV programs and services in Canada?

People with HIV are now living longer, thanks to combination antiretroviral therapies. But new infections are on the rise among older adults too. This trend will culminate in the next few years with over half of all people with HIV in North America, Europe and Australia being over the age of 50.  For this reason, it is important to know what is out there in Canada in terms of HIV and aging-related programs and services, and how HIV organizations and clinics are meeting the needs of the o

Webinar: Not Your Typical HIV and Aging 101

published: March, 16, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Community Events, Aging, Events, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

We post an ACT webinar exploring the experiences of older adults living with or vulnerable to HIV that includes two case studies and a discussion of programs and policies affecting this population in Canada.

Webinar: Not Your Typical HIV and Aging 101

Concerns about the well-being of older adults living with HIV is an emerging issue in Canada and around the world. Before the introduction in 1996 of effective anti-retroviral therapies, most people living with HIV did not expect to live long lives. This meant that, for the most part, community-based organizations did not have to concern themselves with the needs of older people living with HIV. Now, however, provided they are diagnosed and treated in time, people living with HIV can long, he

Webinar - Mental health and planning for the long term

published: January, 17, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Mental Health, Events, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

ACT’s January Community Health Forum is on mental health and planning for the long term. Attendance is free. The forum will also be available as a webinar.

Webinar - Mental health and planning for the long term

The fifth workshop in the 2013-2014 series of free open discussion forums for people living with HIV hosted by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) is on mental health and planning for the long term.  It will focus on  Brain fitness: exercising our brain Maintaining our brain health as we age Adding positive socialization and positive coping into how we think and feel  The guest speakers are:  Sean B. Rourke, Ph.D, Professor of psychiatry, University of Toronto and executive an

Webinar - HIV and aging: Empowerment and resilience

published: September, 09, 2013 Categories // Community Events, Events, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

ACT’s September Community Health Forum focuses on “HIV and aging — Empowerment and resilience”. Attendance is free. The forum will also be available as a webinar.

Webinar - HIV and aging: Empowerment and resilience

The first workshop in the 2013-2014 series of free open discussion forums for people living with HIV hosted by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) is on a topic requested by many people: HIV and aging — Empowerment and resilience. It will focus on Aging that is medically mindful and healthy Support from within: The changing family structure Making social and mental health choices you can live with  The guest speakers are:  Gordon A. Arbess, MD, CPCFP, Department of Fami

John McCullagh interviews Lisa Power on HIV and aging

published: December, 19, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Conferences, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, John McCullagh

What should service providers be doing differently to help people living with HIV stay healthy and active into old age? At the recent OHTN Research Conference in Toronto, John McCullagh put this question to Lisa Power of the UK’s Terrence Higgins Trust

John McCullagh interviews Lisa Power on HIV and aging

Thanks to ART, those of us with HIV are now living much longer. But aging with HIV is not without its challenges. In addition to the normal aging process, people aging with HIV face complications associated with the virus, side effects of treatment and high rates of comorbidities with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, renal disease, arthritis and osteoporosis. And often we experience social isolation and financial challenges as well.  So what should service providers be

"Premature aging" and HIV: Dispelling myths and calculating risk

published: October, 07, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, General Health, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Here's the bottom line on "accelerated aging" among people with HIV: It's probably not as bad as you think.

This article by Myles Helfand first appeared in TheBody.com here.   Plenty of scary headlines have made their way across the Internet in recent years, decrying the body-decaying effects of getting older and portraying the sense that HIV (or HIV meds) causes people to suffer these problems at far higher rates far earlier in their lives. And by "far earlier," some experts felt we were talking as many as 20 years earlier, according to some of the first research that explored the issue.

Sex And The Positive Single Senior

published: August, 31, 2012 Categories // Aging, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Dave R writes...In a gay world as obsessed by sex as ever, the need for intimacy doesn’t end at fifty. The spectre of isolation and exclusion can drive positive older men, to seek out physical contact and closeness.

Sex And The Positive Single Senior

Every life deserves a certain amount of dignity, no matter how poor or damaged the shell that carries it.”  Rick Bragg, ‘All Over But the Shoutin' I say this with shame but when I was in my twenties, the idea of ‘old guys’ having sex with each other was pretty horrifying; it was like imagining your parents on top of each other...the stuff of nightmares! At that age, you never think about getting old yourself, or your body losing its shape and your skin resembling elephant hide and th

The Vanity Victims

published: June, 22, 2012 Categories // Aging, Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Dave R. says "In an age where the body beautiful has never been more admired; when is it time to give up dreams of being a pink Adonis and accept that what nature has given you has a value all of its own?"

The Vanity Victims

I happened to walk past the mirror the other day...er...actually, no I didn’t; there was nothing coincidental about it. I approached the mirror as I do most days, determined to find every blemish that had dared to raise its head and ruin my day. You’d really think that a 60’er wouldn’t give a damn any more wouldn’t you? Unfortunately, we may be sixty plus but us baby-boomers are still romping around Woodstock...in our minds! Anyway, today for the first time for some time, I really s

Fragile, Handle With Care

published: June, 12, 2012 Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dave R. asks "In a world where you are more and more defined by the image you project and the profile you promote; how long is it before your true self becomes buried under a mountain of labels?"

Fragile, Handle With Care

"I’m not an object, or an idea or an abstract lifestyle, or visible proof of a disease; or any other dehumanizing concept, yet that’s how everyone is summed up and evaluated." I think I need to put this post in some sort of context, or else you’re going to get the wrong idea about me (more of that in a minute). I’m sitting here in front of the laptop, with my back aching, feet pulsing, calves tingling, muscles full of lactic acid and neck hurting. I haven’t mentioned that the soles