Aging

Old Man Problems

published: February, 07, 2013 Categories // Aging, Health, Living with HIV

Hello, can you hear me? Ken Monteith has had wax build up, not on his furniture but in his ears. Here’s how he’s tackling this annoying problem some of us old ‘uns have to deal with

Old Man Problems

I think all of those of us living with HIV have mixed feelings about problems relating to aging. On the one hand, aging means we're still here to have those problems, and who would have expected that twenty years ago? On the other hand, we do seem to get some of these problems a bit earlier than others and we are constantly confronted with the puzzle about whether our symptoms are due to age, HIV or our meds, or some terrible combination of them all.  I just went through that experience wher

John McCullagh interviews Dr Sean Rourke on HIV and brain health

published: January, 16, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Aging, Conferences, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, John McCullagh

How does HIV affect the brain? In the era of HAART, many symptoms are mild and difficult to pick up but this doesn’t mean that they’re unimportant. John McCullagh asked neuropsychologist Dr Sean Rourke what we should be looking out for

John McCullagh interviews Dr Sean Rourke on HIV and brain health

Over 50% of those of us living with HIV can develop cognitive impairments that will affect our attention span, learning efficiency, reasoning/problem solving, word finding and psychomotor skills. In most cases these impairments overall tend to be mild, but even at this level they can affect a person’s ability to work and to carry out day-to-day activities and can lead to difficulties in social situations.  To improve brain health and quality of life for people living with HIV, we need bett

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

Like a fine wine - or just getting older?

published: December, 14, 2012 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Aging, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Matt Levine

New writer Matt Levine: “Of course living with HIV doesn’t make you better looking. Neither does, getting older. But maybe living with life’s uncertainties....has made me more soulful, more adept in the bedroom or skillful in sautéing a roast?”

Like a fine wine  - or just getting older?

Walk into my apartment and hanging near the door, is a framed piece of junk mail I received shortly after my 50th birthday.  “Free Pre-Paid Cremation!  Details Inside” bid the elegant printing on a little envelope that reminded me of the letters I used to receive from grandma when I was in college.  While I love bargains I had no interest in buying a niche from The Neptune Society no matter how much money I’d save on the ashes to ashes part of my final demise. Yet I was thrilled I

Reasons To Be Cheerful: Why Don’t You Get Back Into Bed!

published: December, 05, 2012 Categories // Aging, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dave R writes: increasing numbers of people living with HIV are being confronted with aging, weakened health, living alone and still having to deal with society, seriously depressing unless you can find the positives and glimmers of humour in the gloom.

Reasons To Be Cheerful: Why Don’t You Get Back Into Bed!

I decided yet again, it was about time I ‘looked at life from both sides now’ and stopped moaning and bitching about my lost youth. That feeling lasted for the two hours between waking up with the nerve pain, to taking the tablets to dampen it down. In between, I had to take my HIV pills, eat something to cushion the chemical blow and take my daily vitamins. I rattle like a tin of dried peas before lunchtime but it’s preferable to staggering everything over the whole day when I have to s

A healthy – and happy – old age with HIV

published: December, 02, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Aidsmap.com reports at least one–in-five people with HIV in the UK is now over 50. Gus Cairns asks: What’s the recipe for staying fit and happy as we age?

A healthy – and happy – old age with HIV

This article by Gus Cairns originally appeared on aidsmap.com here and is republished with permission.   “I’ve been getting very cross with articles – including one I read in HTU – that emphasise how people with HIV are going to die 10 to 15 years younger,” says John, 70. “My recipe for long life is always to think positive and to refuse to be a victim of HIV,” he adds. John is referring to the oft-cited assertion that people with HIV age 10 to 15 years in advance of other pe

Aging - or ” I’m getting too old for this shit.”

published: October, 12, 2012 Categories // Aging, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

MT O’Shaughnessy on when things go downhill: “it’s hard to tell when it’s about being an old fart and when it’s about being poz."

Once more I’ve been asked to sit on a panel and talk about HIV.  Apparently people still think it’s a good idea to suggest I sit in front of classes of young minds. I keep chuckling to myself that they really don’t know me well.” This time I’m being asked to talk about something I’m being told is called ‘asexualization’.  Generally speaking it’s going to be a conversation about the process wherein a culture tends to view specific people as asexual due to a condition of som

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

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

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

Pride Goes Before A Fall

published: June, 30, 2012 Categories // Aging, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Dave R.: "It becomes a whole new physical and mental reality when your body physically lets you down but you still need to function in society. The world can suddenly become a far less friendly place."

Pride Goes Before A Fall

"So this is a small plea for a little more understanding for the less able on the street. Even noticing we exist is a start and a little kindness goes a very long way ......" I wasn’t in any way prepared for what it did to me when I first stepped outside the house with a walking stick. Who knew you could immediately add ten years to your life by leaving the house with wood in your hand! Okay, paranoid much? Not really; just try it and see how people look at you. Sounds silly but it’s tru

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

Even Me

published: June, 18, 2012 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Aging, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi goes to see a film about the the growing AIDS epidemic in people over 50 and relates it to his task of reaching out to those without a voice.

Even Me

Earlier this month, I was honored to be invited to attend the screening of a film entitled “Even Me”.  I was first told about the film through a friend of mine. She and I share the same doctor and, like me, she is someone who is on the front lines, deep in the trenches in the battle against HIV and AIDS in populations where it is needed most.  I was so excited that my friend was featured in this film. She’s someone I truly admire and respect as well as someone who fully understands th

Fife House: A place to call home

published: June, 08, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

Access to secure and affordable housing is a key determinant for the health and well-being of people living with HIV. Keith Hambly, executive director of Fife House in Toronto, talks on video about how his agency is responding to this need.

Fife House: A place to call home

More people are living with HIV today than ever before. In Toronto, it’s estimated that one in 120 people are HIV-positive, with two people being newly diagnosed every day. Alarmingly, these numbers are likely an underestimate as it’s thought that up to one-third of all people living with HIV are unaware of the fact, as they haven’t been diagnosed.  While antiretroviral drugs mean people with HIV are living longer, they aren’t necessarily living better. Indeed many, including men, wo

Café Scientifique

published: April, 25, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Community Events, Events, Health, Events, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Coming up in Toronto -an informative and interactive chance to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly - for men aging with HIV.

Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique*: HIV and Aging for Men with HIV When: Tuesday May 8, 6:30-9:00pm Where: Fuzion Resto-Lounge 580 Church Street Toronto, ON Who: RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak2c9807ba197a7eb7bb6dcb1d8f39703d').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy2c9807ba197a7eb7bb6dcb1d8f39703d = 'gmitchell' + '@'

Is this it?

published: February, 20, 2012 Categories // Aging, Health, Living with HIV

Rob Newman is hit with extreme back pain which prompts the perennial question: “Am I getting older or am I slipping away slowly.”

Pain is the word of the day for me today.  I am experiencing probably the worst physical pain I have ever endured in my life … back pain; I’ve somehow thrown my back out.  Pain is as I imagine measured on the individuals’ tolerance to pain, and not necessarily the type of pain.  I have seen the pain of childbirth up close, so please do not assume I am comparing apples and oranges ….I’m just talking about this fruit as it is for me today. Although pain maybe what’s on my mind and

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