Aging

Pride and belonging - queer seniors and social service agencies

published: December, 14, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Community Events, Aging, Conferences, News Categories, Events, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

The experiences of queer seniors living in long-term care homes or receiving services in day care and recreational programs hasn’t always been positive. In the second of a two-part series on the needs of older LGBT people, John McCullagh reports.

 Pride and belonging - queer seniors and social service agencies

In the first of these two reports from the Senior Pride Network’s (SPN) Opening the Closet on Aging conference held in Toronto at the end of November 2011, I wrote about what aging means for a generation of queer people whose activism was central to our current rights activity and how aging complicates issues related to sex, sexuality and our abilities to live open, out lives. To help us begin to explore solutions to these issues, the 175 delegates in attendance at the conference took part

Glamping on PEI

published: December, 08, 2011 Categories // Aging, Women, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Activist Shari Margolese continues her exploration of places she’d like to retire to. “Body surfing, digging clams and beach bonfires - for me, Prince Edward Island conjures up images of summers past.”

This year I had two opportunities to revisit Prince Edward Island. Native Islanders, my newly-wed hosts, were excellent tour guides. They ensured that I had a chance to experience the scenery, food, art, culture (we even went to the drive in!)  and people of their beloved PEI. There are many things to see and do on PEI. I particularly enjoyed driving along country roads where quaint cottages and fishing villages seem to turn up around every corner.  North Rustico, St. Peters Bay and

How aging might be the final frontier for making queer lives livable

published: December, 05, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Community Events, Conferences, Gay Men, Events, Living with HIV, Population Specific , John McCullagh

What does it mean for society at large and for queer communities in particular as a whole generation of gay men all age together? John McCullagh reports from the Opening the Closet on Aging conference held last week in Toronto.

How aging might be the final frontier for making queer lives livable

Last week, the Senior Pride Network (SPN) held its fourth conference on aging within the LGBTQ community at The 519 Community Centre in Toronto. The SPN is an association of individuals, organizations and community groups that share an interest in and a commitment to expanding positive and appropriate programs and services for older queer people. The conference was well-attended. Although seniors were in the majority, a surprising number of the delegates were far from their retirement years.

OHTN addresses HIV and aging

published: November, 22, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Conferences, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh attended a presentation on HIV and aging at the 2011 Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Research Conference in Toronto. Here’s his report and a conversation he had about the latest Canadian research on this subject

OHTN addresses HIV and aging

When HIV and AIDS first appeared on the scene thirty years ago, it was a terrifying illness that quickly killed those who became infected. Yet through scientific and community efforts it’s now turned into a condition that, if diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, can be managed into old age. Thanks to such advances in treatment, people with HIV are living much longer than ever before. According to information compiled by CATIE, it’s estimated that 12% of HIV+ people in Canada are 50 y

On getting older

published: November, 22, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Aging, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow and the journey to becoming a happy grumpy old man.

On getting older

One of the things that I’ve dreaded having to deal with is aging,  But I am going to get older and I will have to find a way to live with it.  Aging myself is in fact the worst. Many times I find myself wondering “am I too old to do this, too old to go there, too old for that guy?”  (I did the older guy/younger guy thing; it didn’t work but that’s another story). I like it when these twenty-something kids try to put me down and call me “old man”. I tell them right

Retirement Planning Road Trip

published: November, 11, 2011 Categories // Aging, Women, Living with HIV

New PositiveLite.com signee Shari Margolese says “as I creep closer to my 50th birthday, big 5 -0 next year folks, I am beginning to think about where I would like to spend my retirement years.”

Of course for the most part this is a good thing especially since nineteen years ago when I was diagnosed with HIV I didn’t expect to hit 40. The downside is that i also didn’t really plan for retirement.I haven’t really saved any money or thought about where i might like to spend my twilight years. So I decided that a) better start to look around for a nice place to settle once my nest is empty - could be almost anytime and b)I'd better start to save a bit of money . I quickly rea

Ask Andrew Sullivan Anything: Longevity

published: November, 11, 2011 Categories // Aging, Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV

He credits sleep, exercise, prayer, testosterone--and coconut M&M's.

Ask Andrew  Sullivan Anything: Longevity

The article "Longevity With HIV" By Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. first appeared in AIDSmeds on October 27, 2011 Blogger extraordinaire and POZ cover boy Andrew Sullivan has posted another HIV-related video in his "Ask Me Anything" series on his blog, The Daily Dish. These videos give him an opportunity to personally respond to reader inquiries. Click here to watch his previous HIV-related video, in which he was asked: "When did you find out you had HIV?" In his

Life expectancy for many HIVers is near normal

published: November, 03, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Health, Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh reports on a new UK study that suggests that, with prompt treatment, the life expectancy of many HIV positive people is near normal.

Life expectancy for many HIVers is near normal

It was not so long ago that receiving a diagnosis of HIV also meant a diagnosis of an early death. But the existence of effective treatments now means that HIVers are able to live with the virus to an increasingly older age. Recently, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a report of a study that suggests that, with prompt treatment, the life expectancy of many HIV positive people is near normal. Although the study focused on people living in the UK, it’s likely that the findings would

A senior's moment or memory loss.........again!

published: October, 31, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Aging, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow remembers his problems with memory loss. Is it aging, HIV-related or something else?

A senior's moment or memory loss.........again!

Today I showed up for my doctor's office to get my annual flu shot, only to find out.....its tomorrow. Lucky for me, my doctor and my AIDS Servicer Organzation are in the same office. So while I was there I was able to report my volunteer hours that I forgot to email in, so it wasn't a total screw up. I don't quite remember when my memory started to get bad, I do remember I was way too young for it to be happening. It just sort of came on and then just got more noticeable. I was in my mid to l

Aging is gonna be the end of me someday.

published: October, 20, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Aging, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow thinks out loud about getting old – and it ain’t always pretty, he says.

Aging is gonna be the end of me someday.

This aging thing is really starting to piss me off, it’s totally ruining my life and one of these days it’s gonna kill me. I see the body as being the vehicle that gets the rest of me through life, I just wish I could have chosen a better model to get me there. This one is breaking down far too soon, but then it is a 1954 model. The last job I had was as a Personal Support Worker, working with elderly people in their own homes. My job was to assist them in getting up and ready for their da

Mind Games - (le français suit)

published: April, 11, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Aging, CATIE, General Health, Mental Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health

What can you do to keep your brain sharp? Instead of listing a bunch of ideas here, we want to suggest you read the fantastic Positive Side article “A Mind of Her Own."

 Mind Games - (le français suit)

We know what you’re thinking: “Those folks at CATIE would never play with our minds, so what can this post possibly be about?” You’re right, we never would; we’re straight-shooters. So, what are these mind games then? How’s about we call them mental gymnastics, as in the things you can do for your brain to keep it in tip-top shape. We know that HIV affects the brain, and that the extreme damage, called AIDS dementia complex, is now much less common thanks to HIV treatment. However,

Inflammation in HIV Disease

published: March, 26, 2011 Categories // Aging, General Health, Health, Living with HIV

Devan Nambiar says the bottom line is that the cause of inflammation is unclear and is likely multifactorial. Further research is needed to improve quality of life, minimize degenerative diseases and co-morbidity in HIVers on HAART

Inflammation is a hot topic and of much concern for many PHAs. However the findings from various research do not provide specific answers but have at least started to look beyond HIV viral load and CD4+. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD): Research in ongoing HIV disease has found many factors that cause inflammation on a cellular level in the body. We know untreated HIV infection causes a state of intense chronic inflammation, which co-relates with early onset of cardiovascular disease in HIV infec

HIV and Arthritis

published: September, 21, 2010 Categories // Aging, General Health, Health

A while back in late summer of this year, I attended a public forum on HIV and Arthritis. As I get older and having hit the 50 year mark, I wonder...

..if the aches and pains in my bones and joints are of an organic process or what else is brewing below the skin level in the joints, bones and muscles.   I was having a peculiar pain in my knees and wrist and I wondered was this arthritis or  living with HIV or just getting older, or long-term effects of HIV drugs or all of the above! I do realise that every year for the last 3 years as we approach the fall season, my bones get a wake up call. Interesting every September and O

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