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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.



Heffner Selected for Emerging Leaders in Aging Scholars Program

Kathi Heffner, PhD, Associate Professor in the University of Rochester School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry, was among a select group of scholars chosen to participate in a yearlong national geriatric leadership development program. Read more

Rochester Researchers Receive PCORI Community Engagement Award

A $250,000 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Engagement Award will allow researchers from the Warner School of Education and the School of Nursing to collaborate with community stake holders to recruit and train two cohorts of older adults to participate in research projects with geriatric health researchers. Read more...

Three Faculty Honored by American Geriatrics Society

At the Society's recent annual meeting, Suzanne Gillespie, associate professor of Medicine, was named an AGS fellow; Kristen Thornton, assistant professor of Medicine and Family medicine, received the 2017 AGS Junior Faculty Clinician Educator of the Year Award; and Erika Ramsdale, assistant professor of Medicine, received the Clinical Trials Presidential Poster Award.


NIA Funding Lines Continue to Favor New and Early-Stage Investigators

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Newsweek Article

Carol Podgorski, PhD, MPH, LMFT, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at URMC, is quoted in a recent Newsweek Article, As Rural America Faces an Onslaught of Alzheimer's Disease, States Look to Radical Ways to Help  (Please click on the link to read full article)

Complimentary 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)

Conwell suicideSuicide Rate in Senior Citizens

The International Business Times, January 6

Yeates Conwell, MD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program at URMC, and his colleagues have identified risk factors associated with late-life suicide attempts. (read full article here)


Medina-WalpoleAnnette Medina-Walpole, MD Chosen to Lead Division of Geriatrics and Aging

Esteemed geriatrics clinician, mentor and educator Annette (Annie) Medina-Walpole, MD has been named chief of the Division of Geriatrics & Aging at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  Read full article here.



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Let your Research Retire Some of your Educational Debt

     The NIH Loan Repayment Program provides up to $35,000 per year for qualified researchers to pay off student loans. The program is accepting applications now, as it does every fall, and NIA is one of several institutes involved in this important program. If the program is appropriate for you, apply now. You may be able to get part of your student loans repaid by NIA or one of the other NIH Institutes and Centers accepting applications. Read the full blog post.