Aging & HIV: Resources for Your Health
“I don’t think getting older is a bad thing!” says SisterLove founder and longtime HIV/AIDS advocate Dázon Dixon Diallo in a video created at the 2013 United States Conference on AIDS. “The longer we live, the better opportunity we have to make something different happen.”
National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day, observed annually on September 18, is a day to not only raise awareness of the challenges around preventing and treating HIV among older adults, but also to recognize the experience, wisdom, and strength of older people who are living with and/or fighting HIV/AIDS every day of the year.
That’s not to diminish the difficulties of managing HIV disease along with other age-related health changes—but educating yourself about those challenges is a step toward navigating them successfully. Take advantage of these online resources to learn about the science of HIV and aging, understand the health issues older adults with HIV may face (as well as strategies for addressing them), and hear personal perspectives from others who are themselves getting older with HIV.
Resources for Your Health
- “Virtual Library” on HIV & Aging: The BETA blog’s ever-expanding library of articles and other resources keeps you connected with evolving research and community perspectives on aging with HIV.
- AIDSMeds.com—Aging & HIV: A comprehensive and reader-friendly discussion of the aging process and how it interacts with HIV disease and its treatment, along with helpful tips for healthier aging—from not smoking to staying socially and mentally engaged.
- Aging & HIV/AIDS Resource Center: Videos, personal stories, expert opinions, research summaries, and more—there’s something for everyone in this resource center on TheBody.com.
- CDC Fact Sheet—Prevention Challenges: The basics on factors that put older adults at risk for HIV. (News flash: Lots of older folks have sex!)
- Sexuality and Aging Facts: From the ACRIA Center on HIV & Aging, these facts and tips can help you understand age-related changes in sexuality and sexual health.
- Aging & HIV: A Conversation with Dr. Glenn Treisman [PDF]: How do aging, HIV, and mental health interact? Glenn Treisman, director of the AIDS Psychiatry Service at Johns Hopkins, answers questions about depression, cognitive impairment, and how people aging with HIV can protect their mental health and acuity.
- AARP Health Law Answers: Use this interactive tool to generate a “report” with basic info about your new health coverage options based on your state, age, income, and the number of people living in your household.
- Eldercare Locator: From the U.S. Administration on Aging, this “finder” is designed to connect older adults and their families with info and services (including financial assistance, housing options, and transportation) in their region.
- The HIV and Aging Consensus Project [PDF]: This report produced by the American Academy of HIV Medicine, the American Geriatrics Society, and the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America offers the first clinical treatment strategies for managing HIV disease in older individuals. An executive summary [PDF] is also available for download.
- Aging & HIV: Emerging Issues in Research, Treatment, and Care [PDF]: Diverse perspectives on the physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of aging with HIV, both in the U.S. and around the globe.
- “Caring Across HIV” Video Series: Produced at the U.S. Conference on AIDS by the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, these videos capture diverse perspectives and personal stories about aging and HIV and offer insight for people living with the virus as well as their care providers and support networks.
- The Graying of AIDS: This ongoing project presents moving portraits and stories from older adults living with HIV, both long-term survivors and people who acquired the virus later in life.
In the San Francisco Bay Area? Please join us on October 23 for San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Stop AIDS Project’s free community forum to assess what it’s like to be part of the “AIDS Generation”—to have lived through the epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s, how those experiences have affected the lives we’ve led since then, and our legacy to later generations. Get the details and RSVP here.