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Mario D. Garrett

Mario D. Garrett, Professor

Mario D. Garrett, Professor


Phone: (619) 594-2818
Office: HH 100

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University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK
Year graduated: 1988

  • Degree: PhD. Thesis: Loneliness,The Experience, Interpretation and Communication.
  • Area: Psychology

University of East London, Stratford Campus, Water Lane. London. E15 4LZ
Year graduated: 1980

  • Bachelor of Science, First Class Honors-summa cum laude.
  • Recipient of the Dean’s Prize for best academic achievement (1981-1982)
  • Winner of the first Science Technology 1982 National Science Essay University Competition (U.K.)
  • Area: Psychology/ Physiology


University of East London

  • Recipient of the Dean’s Prize for best academic achievement (1981-1982)
  • Winner of the first Science Technology 1982 National Science Essay University Competition (U.K.)

San Diego State University

  • Outstanding Faculty, Department of Gerontology, College of Health and Human Services, (2005- 2006).
  • Outstanding Faculty, Department of Gerontology, College of Health and Human Services  (2006 -2007).
  • Outstanding Faculty, Department of Gerontology, College of Health and Human Services  (2007 -2008).
  • Outstanding Faculty, Department of Gerontology, College of Health and Human Services, (20010 -2011).

Professional Experience and Honors

  • 1986-1987 – Research Officer, School of Management, University of Bath, U.K.
  • 1987-1988 – Research Fellow, Department of Economics, Surrey University/London School of Economics, London, UK
  • 1988-1989 – Project Leader, International Centre for Child Studies, Bristol University, UK.
  • 1989-1993 – Program Manager/ Deputy Director, United Nations – International Institute on Aging, Malta.
  • 1993-1994 – Director, International Sexagenarian Research, Malta.
  • 1994-1995 – Project Director, Center on Aging, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 1995-2004 – Founder and Director of Data Analysis Service, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 1996-1997 – Senior Researcher Scientist III, Center on Aging, University of North Texas, TX.
  • 1996-present – Director, Data Analysis Service, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2004-present – Professor of Gerontology, San Diego State University
  • 2004-2012 – Chair Department of Gerontology and Director of the University Center on Aging, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.
  • 2012- present – Professor, School of Social Work, San Diego State UniversitY, San Diego, CA.
  • 2012-present – Associate of Health Benefits ABC. A consulting services in health care policy, public health, aging services and health benefits.


Popular UCSD-TV Programs for the Period:

UCSD-TV programs generated approximately 57 million hits from July through December 2013. The most popular programs were:

  • Brain Fitness: Social Aspects of Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment – Research on Aging (Mario D. Garrett, San Diego State): 1,559,721 downloads/views








Professional Memberships

  • American Society on Aging (Faculty member)
  • Gerontology Society of America (Faculty member)

Community Involvement

  • Chair, Commission on Aging, La Mesa City Council (Mayoral Nominee 2006- 2012)
  • Chair, Council on Minority Aging (2005-2007)
  • Board Member, Alzheimer’s Association San Diego and Imperial county Chapters, Medical and Scientific Board (2009- present)
  • Board Member, The Glenner Memory Care Centers, Medical and Scientific Board (2012- present)
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, CSA San Diego County  (2007- present)
  • Consultant, Tierrasanta Village, a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community initiative.

Selected Peer-Review Journal Articles (in chronological order)


  • Wozniak D, Shuman TS, Roet A, Garrett MD (Editors) (1996). Human Settlements Habitat: Proceedings and Recommendations of the International Symposium on Human Settlements. San Diego State University.
  • Wozniak D, Yuen L, Garrett MD & Shuman TS. (Editors) (1999). International Symposium on Herbal Medicine: A Holistic Approach. International Institute for Human Resources Development, San Diego State University.
  • Baldridge D, Garrett MD, & Menke K. (2003). Monograph Series.  National Indian Council on Aging, September.
  • Garrett MD (2012) New Insights in Aging. Createspace.

Selected other Publications (Non-Refereed)

  • Blanchflower DG, Oswald AJ, Garrett MD & Deeks AJ. (1987). Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment in Britain. UK Department of Employment Working Paper. London, U.K.
  • Garrett MD & Allerton M. (1989). Methodology and Initial Statistics of the YOUTHSCAN Longitudinal  Survey – Part I.  International Centre for Child Studies. Bristol, U.K.
  • Kinnie N & Garrett MD. (1989). Management Strategies for Flexible Employment: An analysis using cross-sectional data.  Management Research News, Vol 12(3).
  • Cuscheri A, Delia L, Garrett MD & Troisi J (1993).   Evaluation of Existing Services for the Elderly and their Implications in Planning for Future Services in the light of Economic Realities and Demographic Trends. White Paper, Government of Malta, Parliamentary Secretary for the Care of the Elderly.
  • Garrett MD. (1991). Life Expectancy: A Global Analysis and Critique.  BOLD, Vol.1 No.2. UN-INIA, Malta.
  • Garrett MD. (1992). Changing Patterns of Responsibility: East and Southeast Asia as an accelerated microcosm. In United Nations Population Division.  Proceedings of the Expert Group Meeting on Population and Demographic Structure, UNFPA, New York.
  • Garrett MD. (1993). Emerging Needs in Developing Countries: Two scenarios. BOLD. Vol.4 No.1. UN-INIA, Malta.
  • Garrett MD. (1993). Emerging Trends and Needs: A scenario for change. New Series of Papers in Gerontology, University of Liverpool, UK.
  • Cuscheri A, Delia L, Garrett MD & Troisi J (1993).   Evaluation of Existing Services for the Elderly and their Implications in Planning for Future Services in the light of Economic Realities and Demographic Trends. White Paper, Government of Malta, Parliamentary Secretary for the Care of the Elderly.
  • Garrett MD. (1994). Ageing in East and Southeast Asia: Is family support a viable policy? BOLD. Vol 4, No. 3. UN-INIA, Malta.
  • Garrett MD. (1994). Indigenous Elderly People: First Global Estimates.  BOLD. Vol 4, No. 4. UN-INIA, Malta.
  • Baldridge D, Baros S , Campos B, Garrett MD, Henriksen L  & Inglis M. (1996). Mapping Indian Elders…An initiative of the National Indian Council on Aging.  National Indian Council on Aging, July 1996.
  • Garrett MD. (1997). New Mexico American Indian Elders: A Demographic and Services Profile. New Mexico Office for Indian Affairs/Indian Area Agency on Aging, February 1997.
  • Garrett MD (2000).  The Mapping of Gerontological Data. BOLD. Vol 10, No. 2. UN-INIA, Malta.
  • Garrett MD & Menke KA. (2002). Indian No More: Inconsistent Classification of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Medicare. NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol 2, No. 2.
  • Garrett MD, Menke KA, Inglis M, & Baldridge D. (2002). Where and How Indians Die: Context of American Indian and Alaska Native Deaths. NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol 3, No. 2.
  • Garrett MD,  Menke KA, Baldridge D & Inglis M. (2002). American Indians and Alaska Natives in the 2000 U.S. Census Part 1. NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol 3, No. 3.
  • Garrett MD & Menke KA. (2002). The Continued Disappearance of Indians in Medicaid. NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol 3, No. 4.
  • Garrett MD. (2003). USRDS Users Guide. NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 6, No. 1.
  • Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island & Vermont.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No.1.
  • Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 2; New York.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 2.
  • Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 3: New Jersey, Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 3.
  • Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 4: Delaware & Pennsylvania.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 4.
  • Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 5: Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland & District of Columbia.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 5.
  • Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 6:  Georgia, North Carolina & South Carolina.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 6.
  • Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 7:  Florida.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 7.
  • Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 8: Alabama, Mississippi & Tennessee.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 8.
  • Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 9/10: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky & Ohio.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 9.
  • Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 11: Minnesota, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota & Wisconsin.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 10.
  • Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 12: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri &  Nebraska.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 11.
  • Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 13: Arkansas, Louisiana & Oklahoma.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 12.
  • Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 14: Texas.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 13.
  • Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 15: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah & Wyoming.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 14.
  • Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 16: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon & Washington.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 15.
  • Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 17: American Samoa, Guam, Mariana Islands, Hawaii & Northern California.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 16.
  • Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 18: Southern California.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 17.
  • Garrett MD, Baldridge D, Menke KA. (2003). Health Disparities Among Americans. NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 10, No. 1. Sponsored by the Papa Ola Kahali and Out of Many One.
  • Garrett MD. (2003). Asthma Among American Indians.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 6, No. 1. Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Garrett MD (2008). Editorial: Is Our Population Sustainable? San Diego Union Tribune. August 15.
  • Garrett MD (2008). Is Our Population Sustainable? Journal of Sustainability. Issue 1(4), Sept
  • Garrett MD. (2009). The Sustainability of Dying? Journal of Sustainability. Issue 2(2), February

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Changing how we see aging
by Mario Garrett, Ph.D.

Following Your Spouse to Death

Overall male survivors were more likely to die than females. For both male and female the risk of death was the highest when their spouse died of dementia compared to other causes (20 and 16 percent higher mortality for males and female respectively). 

Complexity of Our Brain

How can we map the brain’s 125,000 trillion switches?

Dementia and Gambling

If gambling disorder is a pathology as defined by the DSM-V, why is it that sick people are not protected?

Casinos Preying on Older Adults

Casinos target older adults and their specified intention is to forge alliances that allow them to extend their reach into that community. Financial Elder Abuse laws might be their downfall.

Cholesterol and Our Aging Brain

The brain is obese, more than 60 percent fat, hardly moves, and thrives on a diet of cholesterol which it produces itself. But that is how it functions as the most complex tool we have on this planet. And with 7.143 billion models, it is the most ubiquitous. You will be surprised why the brain produces so much cholesterol and why reducing cholesterol might not benefit all. 

Leaving Behind the Victim of Dementia

Although our focus always goes to the victim of dementia, in our peripheral vision we forget to notice the detrimental effect dementia has on the caregiver.

Fascination with Obituaries

Why do older adults like to read the obituaries? Is it a morbid fascination or is this a strategy for surviving?

If I Were to Be Young Again

What lessons would you pass to yourself in the past?

Death Experience

How we experience death is in contradiction to our fear of it.

Children are Already Demented

If dementia is due to neuropathology, to some disease, then all of us should get dementia because most of us have some disease, some scaring in our brain. Even young adults have been found with such disease. The new guidelines from the National Institute on Aging makes everyone with such brain injuries demented. Is this a new biological determinism ignoring psychology?

Cougar Sex

There are diverse articles written about older women having sex with younger men. Blame the biology which continues conspiring to match the sexual needs of older women with those of younger men.

Children Killing their Parents

Why is there an increase in the number of children killing their parents? Fathers are twice as likely to be killed rather than mothers–by their 18 year old sons. Younger children use guns, while older ones use knives and other instruments.

Dying to be Born

Dying cells are necessary for the development of specific organs, they are like the scouts in a new territory. So what does it say about cancer cells that never die?

Aging Plastic Surgery

How will cosmetic surgery look on you when you become much older?

Intergenerational Conflict: An American Artifact

When we spend so much on children and older adults why are our outcomes so poor compared to other OECD countries? Is the intergenerational conflict a product of political incompetence?

Radical Wisdom of Older Adults

A radical thinker has pertinent meaning about the role older adults need to adopt to become wise.

Epigenetics and Dementia: The Role of the Environment

Our predisposition to dementia, on the basis of family history, is only 10-5% of cases of dementia. This variance in dementia might be mediated or moderated by a mechanism controlled through epigenetic.

Faith Leaders and End-Of-Life

Faith leaders become subservient to health care providers in the end-of-life debate. We need faith leaders to become better informed so that they can contribute intelligently to the debate. 

Diversity in Elder Abuse

There is no culture that allows for the derogation of our elders. And there is an urgency to elder abuse cases. The victims have a high–natural in most cases–mortality.

Dementia and Sex in Nursing Homes

The variability of how we deal with sexual activity in a nursing home is indicative of the ambivalence we have about both sex and people with dementia. What is consent among people with diminished capacity?

Happiness and Living Longer

The ultimate secret to living to extremely older age is how you communicate with your body. Being happy tells your body that you are still part of life and want to be here. Happiness is how we communicate that we accept where we are and grateful for it. 

Fibs, Puffery, Lies and Immortality

We die not because we are doing something wrong. Exercise, diet and self awareness through meditation is an excellent way to improve the quality of our life. But it will not reverse or stop aging. Telomerase activity is not the fountain of youth it is a promoter of cancer. 

Crying For Humanity

Sometimes, when I am teaching young students, about the value of older age I am lost for words. We know, intuitively for ourselves how we have become wiser, but what “Is it all about?” This is what it is all about.

Longevity and Religion/Spirituality

Religion is not the same as spirituality, but what do they contribute to living longer. Studies show that older people are more likely to be religious or spiritual. What causes what and how does it affect how older adults are treated.

Depression without Sadness

How can we detect depression among older adults if they do not express sadness? This is why depression is the silent killer among older adults and the problem is not just the patient.

Painful Death

Why do Americans still die in pain? When there should be outrage that older adults are subjected to inhumane treatment, what we see instead is posturing. How will you guarantee that you will not die in pain?

Hospice and Religion at the End of Life

Despite growing numbers of older constituents, most faith leaders are ill-equipped to deal with end of life issues. Religious leaders often receive little formal training in dealing with end-of-life issues; devote very little time to dying congregational members; and most surprisingly, are not comfortable talking about death.

Minority Older Adults

U.S. residents are less healthy than their European counterparts. The gap between U.S. health and that of other countries is becoming wider. Despite being the most lavish health care spender, the United States is falling farther behind other industrialized countries in overall health outcomes. Minority older adults fare much worse

Last Will and Testament

Is it better to leave our children money or values?

Ageless Animals

Ageless animals have thought us that there are two ways to live longer: increasing the lifespan and slowing down the aging process. Individually all we can do for now is to try to NOT accelerate aging by excessive negative behavior

Conceptual Solution to Elder Abuse

With a growing older adult population it is predictable that elder abuse will increase. What is needed is a program of prevention but very little effort is directed at this.

Homeless Older Adults

The sad part of our economic depression is seeing older adults that have lost everything and become homeless. It’s not that poverty is more difficult for some people than it is for others, but older adults often have less resilience to change their plight. 

The Old Age of Psychology

Out of this changing situation, the fastest growing cause of death in America is however due to dementia. Unlike heart disease and cancer death rates–which are continuing to decline–deaths from Alzheimer’s disease are on the rise. Today is the age of “old age” and psychology is the science of gerontology.

Older Tourists

Boomers are the wealthiest generation in history, and even though only 9 percent are truly affluent—defined as having pre-tax incomes of $150,000 or more if working, or $100,000 or more if retired—they will transform travel as we know it.

Aging and Pandemics

Although we have entered a tranquil and stable stage in our population–with an aging population where we are mainly dealing with long-term diseases–we do have the threat of pandemics that will dramatically affect this equilibrium. The question is not how, but when.

We Are All Becoming Demented

The new NIA Alzheimer’s disease guidelines miss out on the full picture of other mediating and moderating factors that control the expression of Alzheimer’s disease. Why are the guidelines so skewed?

Body Symphony: My personal experience of aging

Ill health is more than an inconvenience, it creates an imbalance.

Body Music: My Personal Experience of Aging

Kepler believed that music is the language of cosmology, but I believe music is also how our body communicates with us and our constant internal narrative.

Aristotle and Cool Old Age

In the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, men with a core body temperature below the average (median) lived significantly longer than men with body temperature above the average.

Taoist Orgasms Among Older Adults

With women surviving longer than men, Taoist teachings ignored females in order to make their assertions about longevity hold true.

Pet Therapy For Older Adults

Training your pet for Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a long term commitment for both you and your pet. But by training your pet to become a service animal you not only become better engaged with your pet and the community, you will become part of the therapy for frail older adults.

Aging Teeth

Oral health is not just about good hygiene but also about good healthy habits. The mouth tells us a lot about the overall health of an individual. Maintaining good gum health reduces speed of aging.

Caregiving: What Harm Can It Do?

Caring for someone you love is, or will be, one of the most stressful events in your life. By recognizing this and managing your obligations so that you give yourself respite, you will go some way to not becoming ill or harming yourself.

Anti-Aging : A New Windmill for Don Quixote

In 2009, the American Medical Association (AMA) assessed the risks and benefits of growth hormone, testosterone, estrogen, and DHEA for anti-aging. The AMA concluded that the risks outweigh the potential benefits.

The Big Lie

Why is it that economists, psychologists and gerontologists cannot get this message out to the public? The big lie involves social security and how USA government expropriated an insurance program out of $2.7 trillion that makes bankers look like petty thieves. 

Plastic Surgery: Vanity in Older Age

Why are more and more older adults reverting to surgery to make them look younger?

Loving Your Brain

There is more to Empathy—the human ability to feel the pain that others experience. It also predisposes understanding, attachment, bonding and love and makes our brain more loving.

How Physicians Die

Physicians know their prognosis more than the general public. So when they know that they are dying how do they deal with it. The answer might surprise you.

Aging Prisoners

The USA has 2,304,115 people incarcerated, which is more than the population of 83 countries in the world. As prisoners age, who is responsible for them? The parallel is with our own aging. Are we taking responsibility for our aging? This article exposes how aging is a taboo. 

Gerontocracy and the Aging Revolution

The aging revolution has some unintended consequences in politics…is it time to have a health check for our politicians?

Are Older Adults Lonelier?

A general assumption exists that older people are lonelier then other age groups, but this is not the case. The issue with loneliness among older adults is that it might reflect other more serious changes. 

Fear of Dementia

After cancer, dementia is looming its ugly head as a fearsome monster. How an modern man and women conquer the fear?

Sex, Romance, and Relationships of Older Adults

Sex and romance are important for all adults, including older adults. Does sex change with age and is it due to medication?

Ageism and Modern Variants

What are the different ways that we treat older adults differently?

Older Adults’ Guns Killing Our Children

Although older adults might be the owners of guns, and tend to have guns in their household, the victims are children—theirs and others’.

Crying Older Adults

Does crying serve a function? And who benefits most?

Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll

What are the issues surrounding recreational drug use among older adults?

Aging Tattoos

More than a third of 18-25 year olds in the USA have a tattoo. What happens when their tattoo starts aging?

America’s Obligated Deficit

What no one wants to touch, Medicare and Social Security in the USA is known as the third rail, an electrified rail. This post touches on some of those electrifying issues.

Happiness and Dementia

Why are older adults happier and can people suffering dementia experience happiness as well?

Sense of Smell and Dementia

Is there a way to predict the early stages of dementia? Perhaps your sense of smell provides a clue.

LGBT Frail Older Adults

How is aging a different experience for most LGBT frail older adults?

Preparing for Death

Similar to the Victorians, we shy away from talking about death, our eventual demise. But communicating our wishes is the only way to ensure that our wishes might be honored.

Assisted Living

The emerging cottage industry of providing assisted living for frail older adults is fraught with problems that politicians do not want to address because they see it as an alternative to nursing homes. 


The demographic facts of dementia are worrisome. 

Aging in Place

What are NORCs? Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities. See how they impact aging in place in San Diego. 

Elder Abuse

Often called the quiet violence elder abuse is on the increase. 

Sex in Older Age

Sex has been shown to promote longevity, but what are the issues?

The Cost of Dying

Pricing death out of health insurance.Is this the solution to how we manage the end of life?

Live Long and Prosper

What ever happened to all those people preaching immortality?

Dying to Live Longer (2)

Science has many strange beginnings and the final frontier in humanity is the question of immortality.

Dying to Live Longer (1)

These stories might seem strange but they created the science of endocrinology.

Brain Plasticity in Older Adults

Ever wonder what it takes to learn, even in older age?

Dying for Real

It is estimated that 100 billion people have died since humans emerged on earth, but do we know when someone is dead?

Cemeteries as Toxic Landfills

Our final legacy to the world is how we are buried or cremated, but what is a greener way of burial?