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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.




13 AUG // 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

Exercise is Medicine for the Aging Brain


Patricia Heyn imageGUEST SPEAKER:
Patricia C. Heyn, PhD, FGSA, FACRM

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Deputy Director, Cochrane US University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Affiliated Center
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Associate Senior Scientist, Center for Gait and Movement Analysis (CGMA)
The Children’s Hospital Colorado
Review Articles Editor, The Gerontologist
Editorial Board Member, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


When the first Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health was published in 1996, it had the goal of changing the fitness practice and physical activity culture in the United States. The report recommendations were based on the best research with the goal to maintain, or improve, the health of the American people by increasing the adoption of an active lifestyle. Since 1996, scientists have learned much more about the effects of exercise on human health, including on the brain. For many of us investigating the effects of exercise training on aging and disease, the data on exercise and aging is robust. Thus, this webinar will concentrate on the benefits of exercise for cognitive function in older adults with cognitive impairments.


Patricia C. Heyn, PhD, FGSA, FACRM is an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.  She is the Deputy Director of the Cochrane US Network, University of Colorado Affiliate Center. Patricia is internationally recognized for her pioneer research evaluating the effects of exercise training on individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. She authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters. She is a member of several committees and councils responsible for policy and clinical practice guidelines, such as the ACSM Exercise is Medicine Clinical Practice Committee.  She is a fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Gerontological Society of America. She is the recipient of the 2018 ACRM Women in Rehabilitation Science Award for excellence in rehabilitation sciences and of the 2008 Professor Alfonso Bovero Award from the University of Sao Paulo Medical School (Brazil) for her Outstanding Contributions to Medical Education. She is an editorial board member for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and associate editor for The Gerontologist, and the Journal of Physical Activity and Aging.