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The Making of African Made: Memory and Dementia Education by and for the African Immigrant Community
Life Course Center members Manka Nkimbeng, Tetyana Shippee, and Joe Gaugler collaborated with a community project advisory board to develop a culturally tailored dementia education program and booklet for the African immigrant community in Minnesota.
LCC Members Shekinah Fashaw-Walters and Tetyana Shippee study the disparities that exist in care for aging BIPOC communities—and offer solutions.
Read more in this great feature from the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.
The research team conducted two sets of analyses in this new study. First, they compared men drafted to play professional football in the 1950s — some of whom played and some of whom never played in any professional league. Second, they compared professional football players who began their careers in the late 1980s through the mid 1990s to a nationally representative group of men who — like football players — were employed, not disabled, not in poverty and who completed at least three years of college.
- Linemen die earlier than otherwise similar men.
- Other position players die no sooner or later.
- 3.1% of football players died within 25 years of initial observation.
- 2.3% of comparable American men died within that time frame.
We are excited to announce Janette Dill as the new Associate Director of the University of Minnesota Life Course Center for the Demography and Economics of Aging. Dr. Dill is an Associate Professor in the Health Policy & Management Division in the School of Public Health and the Deputy Director of the Consortium for Workforce Research in Public Health. Her research focuses on job quality and career mobility across the life course among the health care and public health workforce.
Racial Differences in Nursing Home Quality of Life Among Residents Living With Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
Journal of Aging and Health | Shippee, T. P., Parikh, R. R., Baker, Z. G., Bucy, T. I., Ng, W., Jarosek, S., Qin, X., Woodhouse, M., Nkimbeng, M., & McCarthy, T.
- Compared to White residents, racially/ethnically minoritized residents reported significantly lower quality of life
- Significant differences remained, even after adjusting for resident- and facility-level characteristics
- Large disparities in food enjoyment, attention from staff, and engagement domains
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association | Tetyana Pylypiv Shippee, Romil R. Parikh, Yinfei Duan, John R. Bowblis, Mark Woodhouse, and Teresa Lewis
- Study in Minnesota and Ohio shows that the Minimum Data Set 3.0 for measuring deficiencies in nursing homes only accounts for a small proportion of variance in residents’ quality of life
- Direct surveys of quality of life among residents is necessary to plan and evaluate person-centered care in nursing home facilities
Innovation in Aging | Tai Sims, Kristine Talley, Joseph Gaugler, Cynthia Peden-McAlpine, Laura Kirk, Fang Yu
- Caregivers for persons with Alzheimer’s dementia experience reduced sense of burden and improved wellbeing from community-based exercise programs for the people they care for
- Qualitative findings suggest the improvements were the result of the respite and social support provided by the program, not the exercise itself
JAMA Health Forum | Hannah Neprash, John Mulcahy, Dori Cross, Joseph Gaugler, Ezra Golberstein, Ishani Ganguli
- Shorter visits associated with higher likelihood of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for patients with upper respiratory tract infections and coprescribing of opioids and benzodiazepines for patients with painful conditions
- Younger, publicly insured, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic Black patients receive shorter primary care visits, potentially contributing to racial disparities in the health care system
- Research study a result of the LCC pilot grant program
We are excited to have a fantastic group of people presenting research at the annual Population Association of America (PAA) annual meeting this year.
Check out our schedule!
We will also have a booth in the Exhibit Hall. If you are attending, stop by and see us!
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Children who were exposed to lead in their drinking water have worse cognitive functioning more than 50 years later. New research from LCC members Mark Lee and Rob Warren is the first to estimate the long-term consequences of childhood lead exposure using data collected from a nationally representative sample of Americans.
Read an article in the Guardian about the study.