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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.



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.


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)


dementia researcherResearchers Identify Brain Region as Target for Dementia Prevention

Feng (Vankee) Lin, assistant professor of nursing, and her team found that "supernormals"--those who maintain their memory capacities better than their peers--have more efficient connections between specific areas of the brain. Read more...

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.


older adult grant supportGrant Supports Local In-Home Visit Program for Older Adults with Behavioral Health Needs

Tobie Olsan, professor of clinical nursing at the University of Rochester, is principal investigator on a grant to help establish an innovative geriatric home visit program pairing local nurse practitioner students and medical students with social workers for in-home behavioral health screenings. Read full article here.

alzheimers association

Alzheimer's Association releases its Community Programs and Services Catalog. View online version here.


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