Older people are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 which may result in increased stress during a crisis.

Concerned older adult should speak with their health care provider and have daily communication with family and loved ones during this crisis.

For more information regarding guidelines and precautions for older adults, please click here to visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention CDC.

CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases like COVID-19. In general, COVID-19 causes a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe, though for some it can be deadly. Symptoms usually start 2 to 14 days after someone gets infected. They may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and pneumonia. 

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From high school to med school, women in medicine reflect on the value of mentorship

In the world of geriatric medicine, Carmel Bitondo Dyer, MD, is a name many in the field immediately recognize. She has appeared before Congress, served on multiple national advisory panels, and published hundreds of studies on topics such as elder mistreatment and interprofessional geriatric teams. Her research has changed lives, and so has her mentorship. She has influenced many – including her colleague, Jessica Lee, MD.

UTHealth Consortium on Aging provides handbook for families and caregivers of those navigating a dementia diagnosis

For many people, dementia creeps in, taking a memory here, the ability to do an ordinary task there, a name or place that used to be able to be recalled with ease. And the journey is different for everyone.

Now, a free handbook written to help people navigate first steps after diagnosis of dementia is available from experts from The UTHealth Consortium on Aging.

Researchers seeking volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine study

A Phase III clinical trial to assess if a potential vaccine is effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 is now open for enrollment by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in collaboration with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.