Articles tagged with: HIV and aging

Thinking about retirement? I am.

published: March, 15, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy has been diagnosed with HIV for 25 years and actively involved in HIV work for all of that time. Aging, though, brings constraints and thoughts of when to get off the merry-go-round. Is this the time?

Thinking about retirement? I am.

I think it was reaching 70 that did it. My energy seemed to be less and my eyesight and hearing both weren’t what they were. I needed shorter days, less stress. More than ever I was aware of my potential to make a difference, but also of my limitations. And I started to think how much longer I could do this work? My work, like many of yours, is a mixture of excitement and drudgery. The excitement comes from things like attending conferences, travelling the world and being part of changing t

Mindfulness, The Frog and The Scorpion Too.

published: February, 27, 2018 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Health, Vitamins - Supplements, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Matt Levine

Matt Levine: "So as the new year unfolds, I’m taking this look back, less a review, more an emotional detox..."

Mindfulness, The Frog and The Scorpion Too.

Part 1:  The frog   These days my emotional orbit seems to range wider than the Voyager 1 Space probe. True, that’s overly dramatic and quantifiably false, but cosmic exaggeration aside, there does seem to be some distant, vast and dark void between my moods. Last year was tough. Somewhere between a doozy and a mind-fuck, a roller coaster and a road trip with people you hate. But that assessment makes me wince. How can frustration coexist with thirty years of living well with HIV?  Surv

The “village elders” of the HIV community: what’s their role?

published: February, 06, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Getting old when living with HIV doesn’t always mean early retirement – or even retirement at all - if you can juggle self-care, health and giving back to the community. Bob Leahy reports.

The “village elders” of the HIV community: what’s their role?

What are village elders? In many cultures, the concept of village leaders is well known. Unless one comes from an indigenous community it is a path less well travelled in the HIV community. That’s surprising. Collectively, we have seen a lot of energy devoted to the subject of HIV and aging. Much of that discourse though centres around the impact of HIV and /or HIV treatment and/or the toll of advancing years on our bodies. The dialogue has been less fulsome about the concerns of the elde

Diabetes in people with HIV over 50 overwhelmingly linked to old antiretrovirals, not age or body weight

published: January, 04, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

The onset of diabetes was much less likely in people aged 50 and over who started treatment from 2010 onwards, or who started treatment at a higher CD4 cell count, according to this B.C.study. From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn explains.

Diabetes in people with HIV over 50 overwhelmingly linked to old antiretrovirals, not age or body weight

People with HIV over the age of 50 are more likely to have developed type 2 diabetes if they started antiretroviral treatment before 1999 or had a longer exposure to older antiretroviral drugs such as stavudine (d4T) or first-generation protease inhibitors such as nelfinavir or indinavir, according to a study of people receiving HIV care in British Columbia, Canada. The onset of diabetes was much less likely in people aged 50 and over who started treatment from 2010 onwards, or who started tr

The lost art of communication

published: September, 29, 2017 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // featured, Social Media, Aging, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder: "More and more I believe our social isolation (and not just for poz folk) is a symptom of disassociation and disconnection."

The lost art of communication

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."  -- George Bernard Shaw When I was young, in my 20s, we had no internet or Skype. We had party lines and dial phones or those fancy new push button phones that were all the rage. We didn't have texting or sexting, or Scruff or Grindr, or phones that were used solely for the purpose of taking self-absorbed portraits of our dinners or our faces with duck lips. No, we had much more... We actually talked to

What is “successful aging” for people living with HIV?

published: August, 30, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a qualitative study by Ontario researchers on HIV, aging and disability.

What is “successful aging” for people living with HIV?

When Canadian researchers asked HIV-positive people over the age of 50 how they would define “successful ageing”, six key themes emerged – accepting limitations, staying positive, maintaining social support, taking responsibility, living a healthy lifestyle, and engaging in meaningful activities. Writing in the International Journal of STD & AIDS, Patricia Solomon and colleagues note the emphasis on individual control. Clinicians and service providers should work with people livin

'There's people that have survived': Windsor filmmaker explores HIV and aging

published: August, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Movies, Features and Interviews, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors

From the Windsor Star, Tamar Harris reports on "HIV and Aging", a documentary film being shot, fundraised and directed by Amanda Gellman.

'There's people that have survived': Windsor filmmaker explores HIV and aging

Portrait of Gregory Scratch, who is featured in a dicumentary called HIV and Aging, a project being shot/fundraised/directed by Amanda Gellman.  Photo: Jason Kryk, Windsor Star. In 1995, Gregory Scratch was told he had 12 hours to live. His list of ailments was long and life-threatening: pneumocystis pneumonia, cryptococcal meningitis and shingles. The underlying disease? HIV. Scratch was one of thousands to be diagnosed with HIV in the ’80s and ’90s. The then-mysterious disease claime

Three video vignettes on growing older with HIV

published: June, 07, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Treatment

Three people living with HIV share their thoughts on growing older with the virus in these video vignettes presented here for Realize by Health Programs Specialist Kate Murzin. And one of them features former PositiveLite.com publisher John McCullagh!

Three video vignettes on growing older with HIV

In March, Realize produced three short video vignettes on growing older with HIV which are now available on YouTube. The primary goal of the series is to bring to the foreground the faces and voices of older adults living with HIV.  There is a steadily growing number of older adults living with HIV in Canada, but their likenesses are often absent from HIV campaigns and their needs overlooked by funders, program planners and policy makers.  Realize is working with older adults living wi

Ottawa’s EnvisionForum from Bruce House highlighted major issues facing aging HIVers.

published: March, 29, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Activism, Aging, Conferences, Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Conference report: Bob Leahy and the takeaway messages from Ottawa that point to an uncertain future for the aging HIV population.

Ottawa’s EnvisionForum from Bruce House highlighted major issues facing aging HIVers.

Time bomb I much enjoyed going to Ottawa last week for The Bruce House conference – they tagged it #EnvisionForum - on HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness. An ambitious program with a welcome focus on aging, an interesting setting (the old Ottawa courthouse) and a hugely committed group of Bruce House staff and volunteers led to an engaging and thoughtful couple of days in our nation’s capital.  Rob Olver has already covered the highlights from his perspective. It’s a good read.

Studies look at brain and cognitive changes in people with HIV as they age

published: March, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Mental Health, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Liz Highleyman reports on several studies looking into the efffects of HIV on brain function.

Studies look at brain and cognitive changes in people with HIV as they age

People with HIV often show persistent signs of cognitive impairment and abnormalities in brain structure despite suppressive antiretroviral therapy (ART), but they do not appear to experience accelerated decline compared to HIV-negative people as they age, according to research presented at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) last month in Seattle. HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder remains a poorly-understood co-morbidity in HIV-positive people. Wh

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