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:
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.
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