We are both pleased and proud to present our latest issue, now available to read in full online!
Being a teenager is hard. Teenagers deal with complex emotional, social, and physical development. Yet, it is undeniable that there are potential health habits and decisions in youth that will affect health and behavior many years later. Art Elster, M.D., explores the rich diversity of external and internal factors that affect youth today and their impact on healthy decision-making. From parenting style and cultural values to adverse childhood experiences and genetic make-up, there are a myriad of factors that can alter our health and healthcare landscape. In fact, some would argue that our childhood and teenage years are perhaps the most malleable and central to our trajectory into a healthy adulthood.
As technology is central to our everyday lives, it also has the capacity to play an important role in our health and decision-making. Delve into our interview with Dr. Bonnie Spring, the Director of the Center for Behavior and Health, within the Institute for Public Health and Medicine to get a whirlwind view of all the neat gadgets and wearable devices currently being used in research at Northwestern and beyond. Learn about how psychologists and interventionists are tapping into the mobile app technology to bring about healthy behavior change. Whether for stressed college students or for older adults in need of exercise, researchers are becoming increasingly able to collect a wealth of information to guide the future of personalized medicine—doing this through mobile technology is not far off.
As the population of adults over the age of 65 continues to grow, so too does the demand for healthcare and social support. Addressing health and wellness in an older population is complex given the diverse set of needs. While some older adults may seek physical assistance, others may want to enhance their social support network after retirement. Community based organizations often fill the gap in providing long-term support, whether in the form of dementia care, housing, medical care, social support, or assisted living arrangements. CJE SeniorLife is one such organization serving the Chicagoland community. With its own dedicated research department directed by Dr. Amy Eisenstein, CJE is in a unique position to monitor and evaluate unique population needs. In this article Dr. Eisenstein discusses current research and potential applications to better serve the older adult community.
For millennia, humankind has been trying to understand and interpret death. With this desire for understanding, humans have developed rituals to help signal the end of life and provide meaning to death. In her piece, Walker interweaves personal observations with commentary on issues related to CPR, Do Not Resuscitate orders, Hospice care, and the patient-physician relationship.
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