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Pittsburgh Epidemiologists Release Book on the "Silver Tsunami"

The average age of the world’s population is increasing at an unprecedented rate and this increase is changing the world. This “Silver tsunami” emphasizes the need to provide advanced training in epidemiology and increase the cadre of experts in the study of aging.

To that end, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health epidemiologists Anne B. Newman, M.D., M.P.H., and Jane A. Cauley, Dr.P.H., designed and edited a new book, “The Epidemiology of Aging.” Pitt Public Health celebrated the book with a reception last week.

“We focus not only on the length of life – which public health advances have increased – but on the quality of life,” said Dr. Newman, chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Pitt Public Health. “In spite of the achievement of longevity, the epidemic of aging includes an overall increase in disability and the need for care and prevention, including primary, secondary and tertiary.”

The book, published by Springer and available in hardcover and for Kindle, goes on to explain unique methodological issues relevant to the study of aging, biomarkers of aging, the biology/physiology of aging, and the etiology and epidemiology of common geriatric syndromes and diseases.

“Clearly there is demographic support for further study in the field of aging,” said Dr. Cauley, vice chair for research in the Department of Epidemiology at Pitt Public Health. “But there is still a need to attract more young scientists to the field of the epidemiology of aging. Our book forms a foundation of knowledge that hopefully will serve to propel careers and research in the field forward. We hope that the quality of aging throughout the world can improve as a result.”

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