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Looking for Associate/Full Professor in Population Aging and Health

Nov 30, 2021

Looking For: Associate/Full Professor in Population Aging and Health The Social Science Research Institute and the Population Research Institute (PRI) at the Pennsylvania State University invite applications for a tenured faculty member (Associate Professor or Full Professor) in the area of…

Penn State seeks community partners for advance care planning project

Apr 13, 2021

Reducing health disparities by examining the effectiveness of tools that encourage end-of-life conversations may improve the likelihood that underserved patients receive care that is consistent with their values and beliefs. To achieve this outcome, Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) has partnered…

2021 Lecture on Compassion to focus on preventing premature aging

Apr 12, 2021

Early life experiences involving feelings of love, safety and fear may influence whether someone remains healthy as they age. “In many ways, aging, and resilience to premature aging, begins in the womb, and is especially influenced early in life,” said Elissa Epel, professor of psychiatry at the…

SSRI associate director and cofunded faculty on team that wins national excellence award for research

Nov 2, 2020

Faculty in SSRI are part of a multidisciplinary, multi-institution research team that was recently awarded the National Excellence in Multistate Research Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the United States Department of Agriculture. This prestigious and highly…

EIC Podcast on aging in America

Apr 22, 2020

Penn State's Social Science Research Institute has released the second episode of the new Evidence-to-Impact (EIC) Podcast, focusing on aging in America. The episode features a discussion with Marty Sliwinski, director of the Center for Healthy Aging and professor of Human Development and Family…

Researchers recognized for innovative work in aging

Mar 12, 2019

The Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging has recently recognized three investigators in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State for their innovative research in aging.  Nilam Ram, professor of human development and family studies and psychology; Lizbeth Benson, a doctoral…

New research project to analyze cognitive training programs for older adults

Feb 6, 2019

A new research project at Penn State aims to evaluate how cognitive training programs can maintain the brain and everyday functioning in older adults. Funded by a $1.85 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the project will examine the mechanisms of effective cognitive training…
News Topics: CognitionAging

Mobile technologies may help researchers crack the mysteries of aging

Nov 12, 2018

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant will allow Penn State’s Martin Sliwinski and team to learn more about how small changes in the brain can develop into neurological conditions later in life by developing new standardized mobile technologies for researchers across the U.S. This type of…
News Topics: NIHAgingCognition

Child maltreatment linked to cognitive aging

Oct 10, 2018

Almost 10 million older adults in the U.S. have cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease, or other related dementias. Penn State researchers are looking into how early life adversity, specifically child maltreatment, can affect cognitive aging later in life in a new project. According to Chad…

Learning to ask older adults better questions about their memory

Aug 9, 2018

Healthcare providers and researchers rely on screening questions to detect patients who may be at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease and other aging-related problems, but how these questions are worded may be confusing or trigger emotional responses. According to Penn State researchers, this…
News Topics: AgingMemory

Forgetting details, getting the gist may prompt false memories in older adults

Mar 21, 2018

Older adults often complain about forgetting, but Penn State psychologists suggest that another problem may be misremembering. In a study, the researchers found that as people age, they may be more likely to rely on a type of memory — called schematic memory — that helps them remember the gist of…
News Topics: MemoryAging

QuantDev Innovations Featured in The Journals of Gerontology

Jan 18, 2018

The Quantitative Developmental Systems Methodology Core (QuantDev) recently had several of their studies featured in December’s special issue of The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. This journal presents studies that advance methodology or understanding in areas…