Support for Aging Adults Living with or Affected by HIV

Today, with many scientific advances and therapeutic options, those living with HIV who are on effective treatments can expect a median life expectancy of more than 70 years of age. Current data indicate that nearly 50% of people living with HIV (PLWH) in the United States today are 50 years old or older, and that number is estimated to increase to nearly 70% by 2030.

As PLWH live longer, they not only face the expected challenges associated with the natural aging process, but may also experience significant challenges decades before their peers not living with HIV. Individuals with lived- or professional-experience, and sometimes both, agree that the topic of aging with HIV is complex, and that understanding the specific impact of HIV along with many other confounding factors is difficult.

Many aging PLWH face immediate challenges, including a number of risk factors for many health difficulties, as well as mental health and social needs that affect their quality of life. It’s also important to note, however, that the people who have survived what, for many, seemed to be unimaginable trauma, have learned remarkable lessons in resiliency. These strengths are the basis for forming a loving community and mutual support. We invite you to be part of that.

The Aging Well program was launched in January 2019, and, with the help of many people living with and affected by HIV, and our many community partners, we hope to become an important resource for those of us who wish to be aging well. We expect to begin program activities, and our web-site at agingwellnw.org, in spring 2019. See you then!

— Jim Clay, Aging Well Program team lead: agingwell@cascadeaids.org