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Beth Carter

Beth Carter, PhD, MPH, is a senior advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute. Her areas of expertise include epidemiology, public health, disease prevention, and mental health. Read her full biography.
A recent AARP Public Policy Institute report found that influenza, pneumonia, and shingles vaccinations increased among adults ages 50 and older in 2020, though disparities continued.
During the 2020-2021 flu season, adults 65 and older for the first time surpassed a certain flu vaccination goal, and by a significant margin
Rural residents ages 50 and older experienced higher rates of depression than urban residents in 2020 and estimates varied by race.
Recent research from AARP analyzed rural-urban and racial and ethnic disparities in rural areas, highlighting the complexity of rural health issues for older adults.
Now that we are reaching a point where the U.S. has an adequate supply of COVID-19 vaccines, officials must consider how to identify and reach older adults who remain unvaccinated, particularly those who want but have been unable to access a vaccine.
The recommended age for colorectal cancer screening has been lowered to 45 by the USPSTF.
Nearly half of Americans ages 65+ have prediabetes, but most don't know it.
Healthcare workers working to fight the COVID-19 pandemic
To reduce health disparities, state public health departments and health care systems need to compile robust data.
Older adult getting a shot
In the time of COVID-19, flu vaccination rates among the 50+ remain stubbornly low.
The pandemic is disproportionately impacting Native Americans, but the full extent is unknown due to a lack of data.
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