Laughter-based Exercise Program For Older Adults Has Health Benefits, Georgia State Researchers Find

Incorporating laughter into a physical activity program that is focused on strength, balance and flexibility could improve older adults’ mental health, aerobic endurance and confidence in their ability to exercise, according to a study led by Georgia State University.

In this study, older adults residing in four assisted-living facilities participated in a moderate-intensity… more »

Working and Volunteering Could Reduce Disablement in Seniors, Study Finds

Working or volunteering can reduce the chances of chronic health conditions leading to physical disability in older Americans, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Florida State University.

The study found people ages 50 to 64 who worked full-time or part-time or volunteered up to 100 hours per year experienced a reduction in the… more »

Assisted-Living Facilities Limit Older Adults’ Rights to Sexual Freedom, Georgia State Study Finds

Older adults in assisted-living facilities experience limits to their rights to sexual freedom because of a lack of policies regarding the issue and the actions of staff and administrators at these facilities, according to research conducted by the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University.

Though assisted-living facilities emphasize independence and autonomy, this study found staff… more »

2016 Dean’s Early Career Awards

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce this year’s Dean’s Early Career Award winners: Assistant Professors Jeffrey Boortz of Art and Design, Zhipeng Cai of Computer Science, Gina Marie Caison of English, Nadine Kabengi of Chemistry and Geosciences and Jennifer Craft Morgan of Gerontology.

The Dean’s Early Career Awards provide research funding… more »

Elisabeth O. Burgess Named Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America

ATLANTA- Elisabeth O. Burgess has been named a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America in acknowledgment of her long career of scholarship.

According to Burgess, the most rewarding part of her career has been dispelling the myths facing the aging communities.

“Age is not just about decline,” states Burgess. “Older adults are the most… more »

Georgia State University Gerontology Institute Named Evaluator for Care Team Redesign Initiative

The Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University has received a $468,053 grant from the Hitachi Foundation to evaluate the Care Team Redesign Initiative (CTRI), an initiative that aims to spark significant organizational change in the healthcare industry.

CTRI will focus on helping organizations make changes to the roles and compensation of their medical assistants (MAs)… more »

Gerontology Institute Collaborates with Lewis School of Nursing to Improve Nursing Education

The Gerontology Institute, in collaboration with The Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing, has been awarded a three-year, grant from the U.S.  Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The $1,146,189 grant will be used to create a new, interprofessional model for graduate nursing education at Georgia State University.

The… more »