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Beth Carter

Beth Carter, PhD, MPH, is a senior policy advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute. Her areas of expertise include epidemiology, public health, disease prevention, and mental health. AARP is a Dissemination and Implementation partner organization to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and Beth Carter serves as the AARP representative. Read her full biography.
In 2023, for the first time ever, vaccines for the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) became available, offering protection against an infection that causes tens of thousands of hospitalizations and deaths among older adults every year. Two RSV vaccines were approved by the Food & Drug…
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed the use of new vaccines for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) for adults 60 and older who have discussed it with their health care provider. The vaccines, which will be available this fall, could save thousands of older-adult lives each year.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released new guidelines on screening asymptomatic adults for depression, suicide risk and anxiety—marking the first time the Task Force issued a recommendation specifically on screening for anxiety disorders among adults.
How do patients engage in shared decision making or make other health-related decisions when they or their family caregiver have a limited understanding of English?
There is some good news for people with Medicare who suffer from mental health disorders, including those with depression.
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.
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