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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.


Focus on Aging: Federal Partners’ Webinar Series

This webinar series will address important topics for public health and health care professionals, aging services organizations, the research community, and other stakeholders in aging. The series is a joint project of four of the federal agencies that support the health and wellness of older adults in the U.S.: the Administration for Community Living, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the National Institute on Aging. Each webinar will include information specific to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, as well as their caregivers.

We are pleased to announce the “Focus on Aging” webinar series with ACL, CDC, HRSA and NIA.

Register today!

Upcoming Webinars in the Series:

September 2020:  Social Isolation and Loneliness
January 2021:  Workforce to Support the Needs of Older Adults
Spring 2021:  Disclosure of Research and Clinical Findings Related to Cognition


Roybal Center Receives NIH Grant

Led by Kim van Orden, PhD and Kathi Heffner, PhD, the 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. Learn more on the Rochester Roybal Center for Social Ties & Aging Research page.

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Kim Van Orden, PhD

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Kathi Heffner, PhD


The Age Factor in Cancer Care

"Oncologists are not sensitive to problems of aging unless they're taught them. They miss cognition and memory problems because they're not trained to do this," says Supriya Gupta Mohile, MD, the Philip and Marilyn Wehrheim Professor of Medicine, URMC.


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.


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."


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)


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. 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...)

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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: