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Office for Aging Research and Health Services

The Office for Aging Research and Health Services (OARHS) supports URMC’s contributions as a leader regionally, nationally, and internationally in the development and delivery of innovative approaches to care for our rapidly growing population of older adults.

OARHS brings together the leading innovators in the field of geriatrics and gerontology in the Rochester area and nationally.

It serves as a resource to investigators developing their programs of research in geriatrics, to program leaders and providers in developing innovative clinical solutions for the care of older adults, and to educators preparing a workforce to help address the needs of the older adults population in our community, region, and nationwide.

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Roybal Center Receives NIH Grant

Led by Kim van Orden, PhD and Kathi Heffner, PhDThe Rochester Roybal Center for Social Ties & Aging Research was awarded a P30 grant from The National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Aging to support the development of behavioral interventions that promote social connectedness in caregivers of a family member with dementia. READ MORE>>>

                                                    aging research Kim Van Orden                       Kathi Heffner division of aging
                                              Kim Van Orden, PhD           Kathi Heffner, PhD

NEWS

Tailor-made for Older Adults, New Tools Improve Oncologist-Patient Relations

A Wilmot Cancer Institute-led study shows that when physicians fully appreciate the concerns of older adults with cancer, such as function and forgetfulness, it elevates patient care and satisfaction.

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Alzheimer's: Biogen to Ask FDA to Approve Aducanumab as First Treatment for Early Stage of Disease

Newsweek, October 22
Biotechnology company Biogen, which says it has developed the first drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease, plans to ask the US Food and Drug Administration for the medication to be approved for use in the US. Lead author of the study Anton Porsteinsson, the William B. and Sheila Konar Professor of Psychiatry and director of the University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Care, Research, and Education Program, said that the findings provide “new hope for the medical community, the patients, and their families."

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Latest Cleared Concepts Preview Possible Future Funding Priorities of NIA

They include:

 

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Research Will Employ Data Science to Determine Suicide Risk in Elderly

A new research program will harness machine learning and data science to sift through tens of millions of records of U.S. nursing home and assisted living residents to identify risk factors for suicide. (click here to view article)

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Special Evaluations Can Help Seniors Cope with Cancer Care

The Washington Post, March 22

A new study coauthored by Supriya Mohile, the Philip and Marilyn Wehrheim Professor of Medicine, shows that special assessments of geriatric cancer patients can help doctors better learn how patients will fare during and after treatment.

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Living Near Your Grandmother Has Evolutionary Benefits

'GrandNicole Xu for NPRmother Hypothesis'...........
Why Grandmothers may hold the key to human evolution.
(click here to view article)

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Can Facebook Keep us Healthy as We Age?

As we age, communicating within virtual communities, like Facebook groups, may help stave off social isolation and its associated negative health effects, according to preliminary research. A UR CTSI Population Health Research postdoctoral fellow is studying how technology and social media could become tools to improve the lives of vulnerable elderly populations. Read the full story on the UR CTSI Stories Blog.

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“Elderly”—an outdated and potentially harmful term

The term elderly has no clear meaning and evokes stereotypes. Javad Hekmat-panah argues its use must be avoided in medicine. (click here to view blog)

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Changing ‘the tragedy narrative’: Why a growing camp is promoting a more joyful approach to Alzheimer’s

An approach — giving the illness a nickname, smoothly zigging after hitting a zag —  with a growing camp of people determined to approach dementia care differently, coming at it with a sense of openness, playfulness and even wonder.   (click here to view the article from the Washington Post)
 

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Complementary Resources to Help Reduce Ageism

The way Americans currently think about aging creates obstacles to productive practices and policies. In response, and in collaboration with seven other leading associations serving the field of Aging, the American Society on Aging (ASA) is pleased to share a set of resources designed to help members and stakeholders join a movement to reframe the dialogue around aging, with the goal of reversing ageist assumptions about older adults. Through a two-year research initiative, our collaborative has learned that as Americans live longer and healthier lives, society needs to adjust both attitudes toward aging and the systems that support wellbeing in later life. Our Gaining Momentum Toolkit is now available so you and your organization can become part of the movement to reframe how the public views older adults. This work is SO important and our aspirations can only be achieved through large-scale adoption of the principals and tools we provide to you today. (read more...)

Funding Opportunities

Grant Opportunity for Research on the Link Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Infectious Disease

Researchers working to identify a potential infectious disease link to Alzheimer's Disease are encouraged to apply for five, one-time $100,000 grants offered by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Foundation. The grants are made possible with generous support from Alzheimer's Germ Quest Inc. and The Benter Foundation.

Application deadline Saturday November 30th.

Learn more and apply

Other Opportunities

The Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center is pleased to partner with ASAM to present the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course including the waiver qualifying requirements.

Online registration link coming soon.  Questions regarding the training can be directed to: Melissa_Jenks@URMC.Rochester.edu

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