The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab is a multidisciplinary research program that works with business, government, and non-governmental organizations to improve the quality of life of older people and those who care for them. The MIT AgeLab is involved in many different types of research on a variety of different topics such as transportation, livable communities, retirement and longevity planning, caregiving and well-being.

The MIT AgeLab stated, “In 1900, life expectancy for much of the industrialized world was under 50. Today, living well into one’s 70s, 80s and beyond can be expected. Longevity requires new thinking.” Their research on caregivers and their well-being has made numerous discoveries that will continue to aid all the different services and tasks caregivers are faced with each day.

The MIT AgeLab is building an online caregiver panel to learn more about caregiver’s thoughts and experiences , and they are asking caregivers to take part in their Caregiver Study Panel Survey which can be accessed by scanning the QR code or by visiting agelab.mit.edu/agelab-caregiver-panel.

For those who are currently providing care to an adult family member, they may qualify to be a member of the panel to join their research study. The MIT AgeLab will reach out to caregivers approximately every other month and share some brief online surveys focusing on the various aspects of. With caregivers’ help, the information received from the online surveys can help improve MIT AgeLab’s understanding of their experiences, thoughts, and help the quality of life for caregivers.

To learn more about the MIT AgeLab, visit: agelab.mit.edu.

For more information about caregiver resources, contact a Community Resource Specialist: (408) 350-3200, option 1.

Lung Cancer Screening

Medicare Part B covers lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if the individual meets all the following criteria:

  • Aged 55 to 77
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Current smoker or quit smoking within the past 15 years
  • Tobacco smoking history averaging one pack per day for 20 years (“20 pack-years”)
  • An order from a doctor or healthcare provider

Take advantage of these preventative services offered by Medicare by asking for them for yourself or your loved one. In this way, older adults can reduce their risk of developing substance abuse disorders or mitigate its effects to maintain healthier lifestyles.

References

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020, July). Substance use in older adults drugfacts. Substance Use in Older Adults DrugFacts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (nih.gov)
  2. gov. (n.d.). Preventive & screening services. preventive services (medicare.gov)

 

This project was supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $94,686 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.