Posts Tagged ‘Aging’

Recurring Themes – How It Feels


Many diseases and infections affect a specific part of the body, but HIV lives in the immune system and therefore ultimately impacts the whole body. While health care providers are trained to be experts in highly focused areas within the mental and physical health fields, they need to be sensitive to how the lines between their specialties can blur and work closely with other providers to maximize benefits for patients. Coordinating care is critical, as many medications can become dangerous or ineffective when combined. Side effects for medicines addressing physical ailments can include mental health issues like depression, and medications addressing mental health conditions such as depression may include physical symptoms like nausea or fluctuations in weight. [...]

Standing up to Stigma

In honor of World AIDS Day (12/1/10), the website for the AARP Bulletin highlighted the story of Dr. Robert Franke and his family. The multimedia piece (created by Graying of AIDS Project Director Katja Heinemann) and accompanying article explore the challenges the family faced after Dr. Franke decided he was … Read More…

Welcome to the Artists Responding Blog
 
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The arts have always played a critical role in examining challenging issues, exploring diverging perspectives, and communicating personal truths. In the thirty-year history of the AIDS epidemic, they have played an instrumental role in moving our collective dialog forward and inspiring individual and collective action. The Graying of AIDS is, at its core, a photojournalistic project that aspires to increase awareness and dialog around issues related to aging and HIV/AIDS; it is by no means the first body of creative work to address these concerns through the arts, and there is much to learn from those who have come before. Read More…

Graying In The News

A collection of media coverage featuring the Graying of AIDS project; for a news media round-up of current articles on HIV and aging, please follow us on facebook.

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December 2015
YAHOO! News features Stories From an Aging Pandemic:

For World AIDS Day, we were bringing a selection of … Read More…

Marking the 30th Anniversary of the AIDS Epidemic

While HIV/AIDS in the US generally receives little media attention these days, there has been a recent surge in coverage in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic. On June 5, 1981, the CDC’s MMWR Weekly published a brief account of a cluster of rare infections among otherwise … Read More…

New Video For National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

In recognition of the fourth annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day on September 18th, The Graying of AIDS teamed up with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging to highlight some of the extraordinary LGBT-identified older adults who have participated in the creation of our project thus far. The  … Read More…

Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement, a documentary film by Susan Muska and Gréta Ólafsdottir
suggested by Hilary Meyer

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Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement portrays a love story, through photographs and interview clips, of a once young and now old lesbian couple. As I watched the documentary, I could easily imagine these women as my friends now — in groups or in pairs, on the beach or at a party, often laughing with a carefree air so common of people in their 20s and 30s. Unlike my contemporaries though, Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer met and fell in love in the closeted 1960s, and had to maintain an engagement for more than 40 years. Read More…

Featurette: Institutional Discrimination and the Case of Dr. Franke

“What if there are many other older people, and this is the first wave of them, who are not used to speaking out about anything, and they’ll just quietly pack up their blankets and leave? And I thought, damn, that’s not right.”  —Dr. Robert Franke, Little Rock, AR

When the … Read More…

Making a Media Noise on World AIDS Day

 
People just don’t know. They think it’s gone. The only way it will ever go away is by educating, people speaking out, making it a media noise. And I think that’s the only cure.
–Anna Fowlkes, age 64, Baltimore, MD

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the AIDS … Read More…

The Legends Ball, created by Oprah Winfrey
suggested by Dorcas Baker
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As a nurse, I have been working in HIV for 19 years and I am still moved with compassion whenever I am engaged in care or conversation with an individual who has been living with HIV/AIDS, especially older adults. The most memorable event for me was finding a small cluster of older women who were living in isolation but were willing to come together to form a support group. It is not uncommon for older individuals living with HIV to keep their diagnosis a secret from their friends and families,   Read More…

Documentary Films on Aging

The Graying of AIDS in not just a documentary project about HIV/AIDS, but about aging with HIV/AIDS. As it turns out, ours is one of many documentary projects in recent years that are taking a closer look at various aspects of aging in America today.

From documentary shorts to feature-length … Read More…

Searching for Older Adult Perspectives on World AIDS Day

While the theme for World AIDS Day (December 1st) was “Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths,” it seems that many in the mainstream media are focusing on the idea of an “AIDS-free Generation.” For this reason, perhaps it’s not surprising that there wasn’t more … Read More…

A Time of Dialog and Reflection in NYC

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This summer New York City is offering a variety of opportunities to gain perspective on the history of AIDS and learn more about where things stand today. In addition to exhibits at the La Mama Galleria (closing this weekend) and The New York Historical Society (thru September 15), a … Read More…

The Word is Getting Out: People are Talking about Aging and HIV

The last few months have brought some exciting new developments that suggest a growing awareness of the challenges affecting older adults living with HIV/AIDS, and new efforts being made to address some of those challenges. In honor of this 25th annual World AIDS Day (December 1), we thought we’d take a … Read More…