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Author Topic: Received this in my Email today....  (Read 3376 times)

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Offline J.R.E.

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Received this in my Email today....
« on: May 07, 2007, 06:21:37 PM »
For us oldies  !!


This update is brought to you by AIDS Weekly, a leading research newsletter for biotech and pharmaceutical professionals. For more information, go to


http://www.newsrx.com/publication.php?pubID=65.
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Surge in senior HIV survivors prompts new treatment studies

Many patients diagnosed with HIV in the 1980s and 1990s have survived and now are entering their golden years. AIDs cases among the over-50 crowd reached 90,000 in 2003, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will account for half of all HIV/AIDS cases in the United States by 2015.

Consequently, health care providers and social service workers are pioneering new ground to treat the growing number of HIV-positive older adults. Timothy Heckman, an Ohio University health psychologist, has been on the forefront of research involving HIV-infected older adults.

Heckman recently received a $1.5 million, four-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Nursing Research to nationally test the effectiveness of a telephone support group for older adults with HIV.

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Seniors often feel embarrassment or out-of-place among what is usually a gathering of young people at traditional AIDS support groups. The seniors have different needs, which may not be met, or they may be uncomfortable talking about issues, such as sex, among younger people.

"The telephone, as a tool for delivering support, is financially and psychologically easier for many older adults," said Heckman, who has spent the past eight years conducting AIDs research among the elderly and in rural populations.

A project four years ago found that a telephone support program reduced depression for rural seniors. The results of that study were published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine last year. Now Heckman plans to expand the geographical scope of the study and increase the number of participants.

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"A separate study we conducted of older adults found that support groups which are designed to teach them skills to handle stress, obtain social support and cope more adaptively are more effective than brief therapy sessions initiated by the person or support groups where participants only discuss problems but do not receive what is called coping intervention treatment," Heckman said.

He will further test that concept through the telephone support group study. Nearly 400 participants of the project will be divided among three therapy models, ranging from a 12-week telephone-delivered support group with sessions designed to improve the participants' coping skills to less active therapy sessions in which participants receive individual guidance only upon request.

Other Ohio University research, led by Heckman, has found that seniors living with HIV also report problems such as suicidal thoughts, depression, stress and ignoring other age-related health issues. He and two graduate students presented these and other related findings at the annual conference of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, held in Washington, D.C., last month.




Ray


PS  ---STILL HATE TO THINK OF MYSELF AS ELDERLY !!


« Last Edit: May 07, 2007, 06:27:28 PM by J.R.E. »
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline mjmel

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Re: Received this in my Email today....
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2007, 06:38:58 PM »
a quote: "Seniors often feel embarrassment or out-of-place among what is usually a gathering of young people at traditional AIDS support groups."
a comment:  Embarrassment? Over what? My attitude is that if I don't feel welcomed or comfortable, I simply exit.

Hey Ray, welcome to the Elderly Club.  ;) I don't like it either. I don't like it at all.   

Online Miss Philicia

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Re: Received this in my Email today....
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2007, 06:45:28 PM »
Hmmm... well, up not up in that age limit yet since I caught this in my 20's but I often think that now that I'm expected to live longer what will come of me with this disease in old age.

Maybe we should start an AIDSmeds.com group home and play bingo every night... oh, and watch "Shear Genius"!
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Received this in my Email today....
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2007, 06:50:50 PM »
a quote: "Seniors often feel embarrassment or out-of-place among what is usually a gathering of young people at traditional AIDS support groups."
a comment:  Embarrassment? Over what? My attitude is that if I don't feel welcomed or comfortable, I simply exit.

Hey Ray, welcome to the Elderly Club.  ;) I don't like it either. I don't like it at all.   



I have never been to an HIV support group, at this point in my Life. Not sure if I ever will. But if that time  comes, somewhere down the road, I also wouldn't feel "Embarrassed" about anything !! People would probably want to ductape my mouth, after a while  ;)



Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline redhotmuslbear

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Re: Received this in my Email today....
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2007, 08:17:14 PM »
It's sloppy reportage that the 'story' doesn't note whether they are discussing older Gay and Bi men or older male and female heterosexuals.
"The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do." - BF Skinner
12-31-09   222wks VL  2430 CD4 690 (37%)
09-30-09   208wks VL  2050  CD4 925 (42%)
06-25-08   143wks VL  1359  CD4 668 (32%)  CD8 885
02-11-08   123wks off meds:  VL 1364 CD4 892(40%/0.99 ratio)
10-19-07   112wks off meds:   VL 292  CD4 857(37%/0.85 ratio)

One copy of delta-32 for f*****d up CCR5 receptors, and an HLA B44+ allele for "CD8-mediated immunity"... beteer than winning Powerball, almost!

 


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