LA city councilmember bill rosendahl calls HIV/AIDS elder advocacy summit & new media training feb 12 (0131)

February 4, 2010
Contact: Nate Kaplan-(213) 473-7011, Richard Kearns-(310) 488-1328

Forum Open to the Public

Los Angeles – Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl is co-costing an “HIV/AIDS Advocacy Summit and New Media Training Conference” with the City’s AIDS Coordinator’s Office, and a coalition of Los Angeles grassroots advocacy organizations led by activist Richard Kearns.

The conference will be held on the 27th Floor of City Hall in the Tom Bradley Tower on Friday, February 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The program will offer instruction on:

  • building a website from scratch
  • practicing posting videos & text
  • meeting with city councilmembers and their staff
  • empowering adult activists and their allies with new media and networking skills

“This is a great opportunity for people living with HIV and AIDS to learn how to use the Internet to communicate with each other and the world,” said Rosendahl.  “This day-long training session will educate and empower individuals to use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other online sources to network and express themself through the powerful medium of the Internet.”

Kearns, a 58 year-old gay man living with AIDS in Los Angeles for more than 20 years, is a member of the growing group of long-term survivors.  He is a community-based Internet advocate, an AIDS activist, and publisher of two blogs. His has become a familiar face at LA City Council meetings, where he speaks regularly on issues that affect people living with HIV in Los Angeles, such as aging, the assisted healthcare system, and medical cannabis.

“Everyone treats us as liabilities when in fact, we are resources – both to ourselves and to our community,” said Kearns. “However, as a group, I’d also characterize elder people living with HIV and AIDS as ‘internet reluctant,’ and ‘technology resistant.’ The question becomes this: Why should we let ourselves be intimidated by something a nine-year-old can master in a single sitting?”

Anyone interested in attending the free conference should contact Richard Kearns at or call 310-488-1328.
City Hall (213) 473-7011 West LA (310) 575-8461 Westchester (310) 568-8772

USDA report (in americaBLOG): 81% more seniors living alone rely on foodbanks (0128)

The Obama failure: senior citizens increasingly relying on food pantries
by Chris in Paris


the text about this US department of agriculture (USDA) report is excerpted in a 11/28/2009 post on americaBLOG. i have put the report first and the 2 paragraphs of commentary after, reversing the order of the original post.



The number of seniors living alone who seek help from food pantries in the U.S. increased 81 percent to 408,000 in 2008, compared to 225,000 in 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Overall, 4.7 million households used American food pantries in 2008, compared to about 3.7 million in 2006.

“Seniors thought they were OK, but they’re not OK,” said Virginia Skinner, director of Development at The Association of Arizona Food Banks in Phoenix, citing the downturn in the area’s housing market.

Catholic Charities USA, which has 170 agencies across the country helping the needy, issued a 2009 third-quarter report that found a 54 percent increase in requests for food and services from seniors nationwide compared to the same period last year.

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kathleen blanchard, EmaxHealth: elder HIVers experience premature brain aging (0126)

HIV infection or treatments causing premature brain aging
by Kathleen Blanchard RN
Jan 23rd, 2010
The Journal of Infectious Diseases 2010;201:336–340

Individuals with HIV are  found to suffer from premature aging of the brain, either from the infection or from the treatments. Scientists say the findings of concerning, given the present statistics that 14 to 18 percent of HIV infections in the US are among the over 50 age group. Cognitive decline and memory loss are being reported by individuals with HIV. Researchers say brain aging associated with HIV is a public health concern that needs more study.

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nielsenwire: “global” use averages 5.5 hours daily on web social media in 2009, up 82% in 12 months (0122)

Led by Facebook, Twitter, Global Time Spent on Social Media Sites up 82% Year over Year
January 22, 2010

According to The Nielsen Company, global* consumers spent more than five and half hours on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter in December 2009, an 82% increase from the same time last year when users were spending just over three hours on social networking sites. In addition, the overall traffic to social networking sites has grown over the last three years.


below is the [*]footnote from all the way at the end. also, compare this with the nielson article on the growth of the senior segment of the internet market.

“*Global data takes into account the following countries: U.S., U.K., Australia, Brazil, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain and Italy”

read on & namaste


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ksdk (gannett, nbc, USAtoday), st. louis: 69-year-old stu smith lives with HIV/AIDS & premature aging (0118)

AIDS and aging
December 29, 2009

NBC — Thanks to a powerful combination of drugs, HIV is for the most part a chronic, but treatable condition. But while those drugs help people live longer, it appears people with HIV are aging faster.

Stu Smith has lived with HIV since the early ’80’s and living with the virus for him means living with a huge list of medications.

39 to be exact.

Stu says “I take heart medications, I take liver, I can’t even remember, actually I carry a list.”

The meds help keep him active. But at 69, he says he often times feels older, much older.

Stu says “Today I feel like I’m a hundred.”

In addition to living with HIV, he’s also feeling the effects of premature aging.

Stu says “that’s a direct result of what they first called brittle bone disease, it was a simple break. On a good day I can walk fifty feet, without sitting down and holding onto something. My memory is a mess and it’s embarassing because sometimes I can’t remember what I forgot.”

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charles emlet, J HIV/AIDS & soc serv (informaworld): HIV/AIDS service orgs 5X more effective in reaching HIVers over 50 than elder service orgs (0113)

Knowledge and Use of AIDS and Aging Services by Older, HIV-Infected Adults
Charles A. Emlet
Affiliation: Social Work and a Hartford Scholar in Geriatric Social Work at the University of Washington, Tacoma, USA
Appearing in: Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, Volume 3, Issue 1 June 2004 , pages 9 – 24
Also incorporating: Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children & Youth


Older adults living with HIV/AIDS require a complex array of services. Such needs can be addressed both by the service network developed for HIV as well as the network developed for older persons. This study of adults, age 50 and over with HIV/AIDS (N = 41), compared the knowledge and use of services commonly available from the HIV network as well as the aging network. The study sample had similar knowledge of HIV services and services designed for older adults. These individuals, however, used a significantly higher number of services provided through the HIV network (mean of 2.61 services) compared to the aging network (mean of .68 services). Predictors for service use varied across systems. While the primary predictor of HIV service use was awareness, Medicaid eligibility and living arrangements were predictive of use of services from the aging network.

jules levin, NATAP: testosterone & frailty in older men (0111)


wikipedia on the “five components of frailty” mentioned below: “Frailty is determined based on cutoffs in 5 components – Muscle weakness, weight loss, low physical activity, exhaustion, and slow walking speed.”



These observations suggest that there may be an association between frailty and low sex hormone levels in older men. The only cross-sectional report that

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