Can yoga help patients manage Parkinson’s disease?
School of Nursing Assistant Professor Corjena Cheung is investigating if yoga can provide relief and help patients manage Parkinson's disease, an incurable neurodegenerative condition that causes tremors and other uncontrolled movements. Dr. Cheung grew up in Hong Kong, where both Eastern and Western medicine are routinely employed to manage health.
Read more about Dr. Cheung's research
Alessandro Bartolomucci named 2016-2017 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies
Dr. Bartolomucci, Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, researches the impact of chronic stress on aging and mortality. For his Fesler-Lampert project, he will investigate the role of stress adaptation and its impact on health and lifespan.
Read more about Dr. Bartolomucci's work here
Aerobic Exercise and Alzheimer's Disease
School of Nursing Associate Professor Fang Yu, PhD, RN, is researching how aerobic exercise works to promote cognitive gains in people with dementia. Several meta-analyses have shown that aerobic activity can help to maintain or improve cognitive ability. Dr. Yu is also a Center on Aging faculty member.
Read more about Dr. Yu's work here
The mission of the Center on Aging is to facilitate the University of Minnesota's response to the issues of the aging population by fostering basic and applied research, education of students, and training for professionals to help explicate the aging process and inform public policy.
Lunch & Learn on 2/28, 12-1 PM
What is Evidence?
In 2016, the Aging Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (ASIGG) began a mixed-methods study to examine that question. Join us for this session, featuring presentations by two ASIGG members:
Student Interviewers’ Perspectives by Jessica Finlay, PhD candidate and interdisciplinary doctoral fellow in the Department of Geography
Patterns in How Different Disciplines Regard Evidence by Mary Whipple, PhD candidate in the School of Nursing.
Both Jessica and Mary are past recipients of the Shelley Joseph-Kordell Scholarship and both are pursuing the gerontology minor.
The is event is free and all are welcome, but please RSVP by 2/27: https://goo.gl/forms/khZ39fc5AFQu9Q2C2
Pizza and beverages will be served. Location: Room D330-3 Mayo
Why study aging?
Older adults-those 65 and over-make up the fastest growing age group in the United States and many countries around the world. The demand for professionals with training in aging has never been higher. To help meet this need, the Center on Aging offers two graduate level programs:
- The gerontology minor - for current graduate and professional students
- The Certificate in Aging Studies - for professionals who already hold a bachelor's degree or higher
Not sure which is right for you? Contact the Center on Aging: 612-624-1185 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Geriatric Education Modules
The Geriatric Education Modules (GEMs) contain up-to-date information on 21 aging-related topics. The modules are designed for professionals, educators, and students who serve older adults, but family and other informal caregivers will also find them illuminating and helpful. Each module consists of a narrated slide presentation delivered by an expert on the topic. The modules range in length from 30 to 90 minutes.
Our gerontology faculty members have expertise in over 120 aging-related subjects, such as finance, ethics, memory loss, environmental design, and many others. The complete list of topics and experts is available here.
Gerontology faculty member Dr. Fang Yu, School of Nursing. A story about Dr. Yu's study of the impact of exercise on Alzheimer's disease symptoms is available here.
Have other questions about aging? Visit our Community Aging Resources page.
Mini Medical School
The Aging Game: Living Longer Healthier Lives
The Spring 2017 Mini Medical School begins on Monday, March 6 and features several Center on Aging gerontology faculty members. Complete details are available here.
Mark Your Calendars for the next MGS/Center on Aging Webinar:
Preventing Deaths by Suicide in Older Adults
March 21, 12 noon to 1 PM. Presented by Melissa Heinen, MPH, and Amy Lopez, MSW. Older people make up 12 percent of the US population, but account for 18 percent of all suicide deaths. Learn how we can prevent suicide among older people in Minnesota. This webinar is free of charge, but registration is required. Visit the Minnesota Gerontological Society website at www.mngero.org for all details and to register. Co-sponsored by the Center on Aging, Minnesota Board on Aging, MGS, 3M Health Academy, and others.
- Perspectives on Retirement with Esther Wattenberg
- Pam Parker – History of Long-term Care in Minnesota, Part III
- The View from Here
- Evidence in Aging Graduate Student Group Presents at GSA
- News, Notes, and Notable Achievements