Research Projects

Research Projects

Research at the Center on Aging focuses on understanding the aging process and improving the quality of life for older persons and their families. Our faculty have a commitment to serving diverse populations with various functional status, chronic conditions and impairments, ethnic and cultural groups and living arrangements and SES backgrounds. We also have a strong emphasis on using a multi-disciplinary approach to research.

Our research areas encompass: basic, clinical, prevention, intervention, and service evaluation. Basic research includes investigation into the biological, psychological, and sociological processes of aging. Clinical research includes investigations into the diseases associated with aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, sensory loss, osteoporosis, and neurological impairments. Intervention research focuses on the development of mechanisms/strategies to enhance the ability of older people to function independently and maintain a good quality of life.

Areas of research projects funded include, but are not limited to :
• Aging and Cognition
     – Normal Age Related Changes in Cognition
     – Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders
     – HIV/AIDS
CREATE
     – PRISM
Memory Disorders Center
• Frailty and Mobility
Caring for the Caregiver Network
Cognitive Training/Remediation
Functional Skills Training Study
HOLA Health Promotion Program
• Aging and Functional Performance
• Telemedicine and eHealth Applications
• Aging and Work
• Persistent Mental Illness
• Biomarkers of Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases
• Genetics
• Decision Making and Health Outcomes
• Technology Interventions for Older Adults
LGBT Older Adults
• Family Caregiving
     – UM Working Caregivers