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Office of Healthy Aging Research, Education, and Services (OHARES)

OHARES affiliates work to exchange and integrate discipline-specific knowledge, methods, and resources to achieve the common goal of advancing healthy aging. Our research priorities are focused on the following five areas:

  • Assessing the bio-psycho-social needs of older adults
  • Designing and implementing transdisciplinary studies to examine the process of healthy aging and disease prevention
  • Disseminating, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating evidence-based programs, services, and policies for older adults
  • Integrating behavioral health services and primary care (especially in rural settings)
  • Assessing the infusion of health information technology into integrated behavioral- and primary-care settings (especially in rural communities)

That said, our research affiliates are currently investigating a number of important issues that are directly related to healthy aging, health equity, and the reduction of health disparities for different socio-demographic groups to include older racial and ethnic minorities. For example, some affiliates conduct studies to improve the physical, psychological, and social wellbeing and functioning of older people; their research examines such important topics as disease prevention, fall prevention, biomechanics and mechanical plasticity as associated with aging, the minimization of poly-pharmacy, bone health education and osteoporosis in aging minority populations, physical activity (exercise and recreational therapy for older people with and without disabilities), age-related acquired neurogenic communication disorders, nutritional services that promote healthy aging, sexuality across the lifespan, and grandparent-grandchild relationships.

Other affiliates conduct research to improve institutional and community-based models of care via examinations of out-of-hospital care (e.g., home-based services), long-term care, hospice and palliative care, advanced medical directives, geriatric nursing programs (home- and hospital-based programs), and prison hospice and palliative care in federal and state correctional facilities. Finally, some affiliates conduct research to improve the methods of care via examinations of personalized medicine and medical decision-making among older adults, patient-centered care, and family medical therapy. For additional information about our affiliates and their research within this website, please see below for the selection of representative publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and books from our affiliates; additionally, please visit our Research Affiliates for access to a biography, photograph, and CV for each OHARES affiliate. By clicking on the additional tabs above, you can also learn more about OHARES’ teaching and service priorities, our featured alumni and upcoming events, resources for the advancement of healthy aging, and ways of financially supporting the OHARES mission. If you are interested in participating in some of our current research, Dr. Heather Write (an OHARES affiliate from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders) is looking for volunteers to join a “participant pool” for research initiatives that examine 1) cognitive and language abilities, and 2) aphasia and discourse ability. To volunteer for either study, please complete the study participant forms that can be found at the following website: http://myweb.ecu.edu/wrighth/participation.html.

Selection of OHARES Affiliate Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals, Book Chapters, and Books

Allison, L. K., & Painter, J. A. (2012). Participation restriction, not fear-of-falling, predicts actual balance and mobility abilities in community-dwelling adults. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 36(1), 13-23.
Allison, L. K., Painter, J. A., Emory, A. Whitehurst, P., & Raby, A. (2013). Participation restriction, not fear of falling, predicts actual balance and mobility abilities in rural community-dwelling older adults. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 36, 13-23.
Ausband, S.C., March, J.A., Brown, L.H. (2002). National prevalence of palliative care protocols in emergency medical services. Prehospital Emergency Care, 6(1), 36-41.
Averett, P., Robinson, A., Jenkins, C., & Yoon, I. (Forthcoming). “I want to know more about who we are.” New directions for future research on older lesbians. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.
Averett, P., Yoon, I., & Jenkins, C. (2013). Older lesbian experiences of homophobia and ageism. Journal of Social Service Research, 39(1), 3-15.
Babatunde, O. T., & Himburg, S. P. (2014). Comparing the RAM Calcium Checklist Method with the 24-Hour Recall for Calcium Assessment in Older Adults. Topics in Clinical Nutrition, 29 (1), 87-94.
Babatunde, O. T., Himburg, S. P., Newman, F. L., Campa, A., & Dixon, Z. (2011). Theory Driven Intervention Improves Calcium Intake, Osteoporosis Knowledge, and Self-fficacy in Community-Dwelling Black Older Adults. Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior, 43, (6), 434-440.
Bates, J. S., & Taylor, A. C. (2013). Grandfather involvement: Contact frequency, participation in activities and commitment. Journal of Men's Studies, 21, 304-321.
Bates, J. S., & Taylor, A. C. (2013). Taking stock of theory in grandparent studies. In M. A. Fine and F. Fincham (Eds.), Handbook of family theories: A content approach (pp. 51-70). New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
Bates, J. S., & Taylor, A. C. (2012). Grandfather involvement and aging men’s mental health. American Journal of Men’s Health, 6(3), 229-239.
Beijersbergen, C., Granacher, U., Vandervoort, A., DeVita, P., & Hortobagyi, T. (2013). The biomechanical mechanism of how strength and power training improves walking speed in old adults remains unknown. Ageing Research Reviews, 12, 618-627.
Blowers, A., Jolley, J. M., & Kerbs, J. J. (2014). Chapter 7: The age segregation debate. In J. J. Kerbs & J. M. Jolley (Eds.), Senior Citizens Behind Bars: Challenges for the Criminal Justice System (pp. 133-157). Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
Cao, Q., Lee, T. J., Hayes, S., Nye, A., Hamrick, I., Patil, S., & Steinweg, K. (Forthcoming). Are geriatric medicine fellows prepared for the important skills of hospice and palliative care? American Journal of Hospital and Palliative Care.
Chen, T., & Janke, M. C. (2014). Predictors of falls among community-dwelling older adults with cancer: Results from the Health and Retirement Study. Supportive Care in Cancer, 22(2), 479-485.
Das, B. M. (2009). Wellness throughout life. In H. Gilly (Ed.), Health and Wellness for Life. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
Elliott, S., Painter, J., & Hudson, S. (2009). Living alone and fall risk Factors in community-dwelling middle age and older adults. Journal of Community Health, 34, 301-310.
Fabo, K., Gagliardi, J., Nye, A.M., & Muzyk, A. (Forthcoming). Comparison of risk factors for QTc interval prolongation in hospitalized patients 60 years of age pre- and post-FDA warning for citalopram. The Primary Care Companion.
Fitzgerald, T., Brinkley, J., Zervos, E., & Lea, S. (Forthcoming). Inequalities in Colorectal Cancer Outcomes: Interaction of Population, Race, and Socioeconomic Status. Rural and Remote Health.
Ford, J., Finch, J., Woodrow, L., Cutitta, K., Shea, J., Fischer, A., Hazelton, G., & Sears, S. F. (2012). The Florida shock anxiety scale for patients with ICDs: Factor structure, reliability, and validity of an established measure. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, 35, 1146-1153.
Hamrick,I., Cao,Q., Agbafe-Mosley,D., & Cummings,D. (2012). Osteoporosis health care disparities in postmenopausal women. Journal of Women's Health, 21(12), 1232-1236.
Jenkins, C., Edmundson, A., Averett, P., & Yoon, I. (Forthcoming). Older lesbians and bereavement: Experiencing the loss of a partner. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.
Kalisch, H., Coughlin, D., Ballard, S., & Lamson, A.L. (2013). Old age is a part of living: Student reflections on intergenerational service-learning. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education (DOI: 10.1080/02701960.2012.753440).
Kerbs, J. J., & Jolley, J. M., & Kanaboshi, N. (Forthcoming). The Interplay between law and social science in the age segregation debate. Journal of Crime & Justice.
Kerbs, J. J., & Jolley, J. M. (2009). A commentary on age segregation for older prisoners: Philosophical and pragmatic considerations for correctional systems. Criminal Justice Review, 34(1), 119-139.
Kerbs, J. J., & Jolley, J. M. (Eds.) (2014). Senior Citizens Behind Bars: Challenges for the Criminal Justice System. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
Kerbs, J. J., & Jolley, J. M. (2014). Chapter 1: A path to evidence-based policies and practices. In J. J. Kerbs & J. M. Jolley (Eds.), Senior Citizens Behind Bars: Challenges for the Criminal Justice System (pp. 1-20). Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
Jolley, J. M., Kerbs, J. J., & Linder, J. F. (2014). Chapter 5: Women and issues of care. In J. J. Kerbs & J. M. Jolley (Eds.), Senior Citizens Behind Bars: Challenges for the Criminal Justice System (pp. 93-112). Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
Jones, K., & Mansfield, C.J. (2014). Premature mortality in North Carolina: Progress, regress, and disparities by county and race across the recent decade 2000 to 2010. North Carolina Medical Journal, 75(3):159-168.
Kerbs, J. J., & Jolley, J. M. (2014). Chapter 8: The implications of age-based desistance. In J. J. Kerbs & J. M. Jolley (Eds.), Senior Citizens Behind Bars: Challenges for the Criminal Justice System (pp. 157-176). Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
Kerbs, J. J., & Jolley, J. M. (2014). Chapter 11: Future considerations. In J. J. Kerbs & J. M. Jolley (Eds.), Senior Citizens Behind Bars: Challenges for the Criminal Justice System (pp. 223- 240). Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
Krupenevich, R., Murray, N., Rider, P., Domire, Z. & DeVita, P. (Forthcoming). The relationships between muscle force steadiness and visual steadiness in young and old adults. Motor Control.
Littlewood, K., Averett, P., Hall, C., Yoon, I., & Jenkins, C. L. (Forthcoming). I’m with her: An examination of old lesbian relationship status and its association with health conditions, health behaviors and health perceptions. Journal of Lesbian Studies.
Mansfield, C., & Novick, L.F. (2012). Poverty and health: Focus on North Carolina. North Carolina Medical Journal, 73(5), 366-373.
Painter, J. A., Allison, L., Dhingra, P., Daugherty, J., & Cogdill, K. (2012). Fear of falling and its relationship with anxiety, depression, and activity engagement among community-dwelling older adults. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66(2), 169-176.
Painter, J., Elliott, S., & Hudson, S. (2009). Falls in community-dwelling adults Age 50 and over: Prevalence and contributing factors. Journal of Allied Health Science, 38 (4), 201-207.
Painter, J., & Elliott, S. (2009). The influence of gender on falls in community-dwelling adults ages 50 and over. Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 27, (6), 387-404.
Pories, W.J., Dohm, L.G., & Mansfield, C.J. (2010). Beyond the BMI: The search for better guidelines for bariatric surgery. Obesity, 18, 865-871.
Ramanath, V.S., Armstrong, D.F., Grzybowski, M., Rahnama-Mohagdam, S., Tamhane, U.U., Gordon, K., Froehlich, J.B., Eagle, K.A., & Jackson, E.A. (2010). Receipt of cardiac medications upon discharge among men and women with acute coronary syndrome and non-obstructive coronary heart disease. Clinical Cardiology, 33, 36-41.
Rogers, S. D., & Jarrott, S. E. (2012). Adults with dementia can appropriately engage in a strengthening exercise program. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 11, 7-15.
Schepens, S. Sen, A., Painter, J., Murphy, S., (2012). The Relationship between fall-related efficacy and activity engagement in older adults: A meta-analytic review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66 (2),137-148.
Sears, S.F., Woodrow, L.K., Cutitta, K., Ford, J., Shea, J.B., & Cahill, J. (2013). A patient's guide to living confidently with chronic heart failure. Circulation, 127, E525-528.
Sears, S. F., Ford, J., & Cahill, J. (2013). Modern-day patient challenge: manage cardiac disease, accept devices, and minimize distress. Europace, 15, 311-312.
Spivey, J., & Nye, A,M. (2013). Bullous Pemphigoid: Corticosteroid treatment and adverse effects in long term care patients. The Consultant Pharmacist, 28 (7): 452-459.
Son, J. S., & Janke, M. C. (Forthcoming). The roles of activity self-regulation and leisure-time physical activity on the health of adults with arthritis. Journal of Leisure Research.
Taylor, A. C., & Bates, J. S. (2014). Activities that strengthen bonds between Latter-day Saint grandfathers and their adult grandchildren. Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging, 26, 41-64.
Umstattd Meyer, M. R., Janke, M. C., Beaujean, A. (Forthcoming). Predictors of older adults’ physical and community mobility using a comprehensive mobility framework. The Gerontologist.
Willis, C. L., Capilouto, G. J., & Wright, H. H. (2012). Attention and off‐topic speech in the recounts of middle‐aged and elderly adults: A pilot investigation. Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders, 39, 105 ‐113.
Wilson, J. L., Little, R., & Novick, L. (2012). Estimating medically fragile population in storm surge zones: A geographic information system application. Journal of emergency management, 11 (1), 9-24.
Wilson, J.L., & Mansfield, C.J. (2010). Disease, death and the body politic: An areal interpolation example for political epidemiology. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, 1(3), 49-68.
Wright, H. H., Koutsoftas, A., Capilouto, G. J., & Fergadiotis, G. (2014). Global coherence in younger and older adults: Influence of cognitive processes and discourse type. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 2, 174 -196.
Young, T., & Janke, M. C. (2013). Perceived benefits and barriers to intergenerational programs: Older adults’ and teachers’ perspectives. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 37(2), 121-140.