Innovations in Aging Research Webinar Series
The Innovations in Aging Research (IAR) Webinar Series aims to improve the quality of life of older adults by delivering timely resources, innovative topics and the latest research to professionals, caregivers, and older individuals. The series will provide information about wellness, successful aging, caregiving, trends in gerontology and geriatric rehabilitation medicine to provide quality caring practices for our aging population.
Watch for details coming soon!
- Psychosocial Determinants of Cognitive Health: Implications for Community-Based Non-Pharmacological Interventions
With Daniel R. Y. Gan, PhD
As many as 81% of all North Americans with dementia are aging in the community. Neurobiological processes of dementia are known to start decades before diagnosis. Given that 40% of its risk factors are modifiable, prevention in the community becomes crucial. But community contexts are diverse. This webinar summarizes, step-by-step, how psychosocial variables in the community could be addressed. Using the example of two theory-based constructs, i.e., cohesion and playfulness, I demonstrate the importance of including community as a unit of analysis to facilitate comparative case studies across intervention contexts and cross-level analysis. Potential outcomes include more robust trial design and greater community impact, using hybrid approaches of RCTs and implementation science.
- EEG-tracked Gait Provides an Unprecedented Window in the Neurophysiology of Cognitive and Motor Aging
With guest speaker, Pierfilippo De Sanctis, MS, PhD
This webinar is a great opportunity to learn about EEG-based Mobile Brain/Body Imaging, which is a useful clinical research tool for cognition, fall risk and mobility. It will be influential to research works that are focusing on measurements for cognition, mobility, and risks of falls.
- Physical and Mental Wellness With Immersive Virtual Reality for the Aging Population
With guest speaker, Veena Somareddy, BS,MA, CEO
Covid-19 has impacted mental well-being and decreased physical activity, and heightened the feeling of isolation, especially for our seniors. This webinar will provide an overview of innovations in emerging technologies like virtual reality and AI that provide fun, engaging solutions and ways to motivate seniors to participate in physical and cognitive activities to improve cardiovascular efficiency and mental health.
- Opportunities for Rehabilitation Researchers through PCORI
With guest speaker, Meghan Warren, PT, MPH, PhD
Researchers interested in learning more about PCORI and the application process would benefit from this webinar. In addition to some process differences compared with NIH, PCORI also has a focus on comparative effectiveness research of interventions with known efficacy. Learning more about PCORI can help potential applicants be more competitive with funding. Additionally, Dr. Warren will briefly discuss other ways people can become involved with PCORI (e.g., Advisory Panels).
- Exercise is Medicine for the Aging Brain (This webinar was not recorded.)
With guest speaker, Patricia Heyn, PhD, FGSA, FACRM
- Physical Activity Challenges & Solutions During the COVID-19 Pandemic
With guest speaker, Cindy Lin, MD, FACSM