School of Nursing

Healthy Aging and Age-Related Conditions

Our research is focused on supporting quality of life among older adults living with a chronic illness or disability, such as Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias, as well as caregivers. Our research often focuses on social wellness, including social support, engagement, and function to improve quality of life and prevent loneliness among older adults living with a physical and cognitive condition that affects their functional ability.

Promoting the health of caregivers and their loved ones is advanced through our research in the communities we serve.

Topics addressed in our research include:

  • Active aging and active living
  • Complex skills care
  • Health promotion intervention
  • Lifestyle behaviors
  • Palliative care
  • Social support and basic clinical behavioral
Yan Du

The relationships between lifestyle behaviors and renal metabolomics in overweight and obese older adults with type 2 diabetes

Primary Investigator, Yan Du, PhD, MPH, RN

Goal: This pilot longitudinal observational study is: 1) to assess the feasibility in recruitment, retention, and data collection in older adults with T2D using digital health technologies and urine samples, and 2) to examine the relationships between lifestyle behaviors (diet and exercise recorded by mobile health devices) and renal metabolomics in overweight/obese older adults

Sponsor: Cols. Philip & Jean Piccione Award

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Rozmin Jiwani, PhD, RN

Effect of Behavioral Lifestyle Intervention on Frailty in Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: A Pilot Study

Primary Investigator, Rozmin Jiwani, PhD, RN

Goal: The goal of this project is to acquire research experience in behavioral lifestyle research among adults, to prevent or delay the onset of frailty, and to gain experience conducting clinical studies in older adults.

Sponsor: Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center; RL5 award

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