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The Ora M. DeJesus Gerontology Center

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Promoting Healthy Aging through Research and Education  Facebook Like

The Ora M. DeJesus Gerontology Center at UMass Dartmouth is a multi-disciplinary center dedicated to research and programs that provide education on the aging process and promote healthy, active living.

Center Director, Dr. Andrew Revell, and his Southcoast Cognitive Aging Study are featured in the June 2014 edition of OJornal (published in English and Portuguese)

The new "Aging & Health" (AGH) Academic Minor Program officially becomes effective 6/23/2014 on our campus for any undergraduate.

The AGH program replaces the former gerontology (GTO) minor. The new interdisciplinary AGH minor consists of courses in Adulthood and Aging, Cognitive Health, and course electives in the subareas of Health and Biology, Society and Diversity, Ethics, and Data Analytics. Unlike the GTO minor, AGH will be fully integrated with COIN, making course registration much easier.

Gerontology minor Anna-Rae LeClaire was selected as the First Place Undergraduate Winner of the 2014 Three-Minute Thesis Competition sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research. She is a senior nursing honor's student, gerontology minor, and Campus Ambassador for The Gerontological Society of America. Her research based on her honor's research project, co-supervised by Professors Kathleen Elliott from Nursing and Andrew Revell from the Gerontology Center and Department of Psychology.

The Ora M. DeJesus Gerontology Center recently launched their Facebook page. Please find us as "UMass Dartmouth Gerontology" and visit often for updates:
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UMass Dartmouth was 1 of 18 regional and doctoral research institutions to receive competitive funding from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) to host Careers in Aging Week this year. Other recipients included Penn State and The University of Washington. To see the GSA write up go to page 8 of the GSA June Newsletter

Gerontological Society of America Student Ambassador:

Senior Nursing student and Gerontology minor Anna-Rae LeClaire has been enrolled for a one-year term as the Gerontological Society of America Student Ambassador at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  Universities around the country are invited to apply for the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Ambassador program and this position is awarded to gerontology programs with a dedication to advancing aging awareness and research. As UMass Dartmouth’s first Student Ambassador, Anna-Rae is excited about the field of aging and eager to coordinate and generate aging-related interests on campus in partnership with the Ora M. DeJesus Gerontology Center. Center Director Andrew Revell serves as the Faculty Advisor for the GSA Ambassador Program at UMass Dartmouth.

Research Featured on NPR - UMD's Dr. Aminda O'Hare, Assistant Professor of Psychology, discusses her research on the interaction of emotions and cognition. Her research investigates the circumstances that lead to emotions interfering with our cognitive processes, and emotions that facilitate our cognitive process. For more on this fascinating topic, listen to the interview.

Center Director, Dr. Andrew Revell, and his multidisciplinary research team Professors Elizabeth Chin and M. Gloria DeSa, were awarded a $25,000 competitive internal seed grant from the Office of the Provost. The study, titled "Cognitive Status and Health Assessment Tools for Cross-Cultural Community Engagement," is now recruiting adult participants ages 50 and over. For more information, please email us at: healthyaging@umassd.edu, or call (508) 999-8376.

Coastline Elderly Services hosts Annual Meeting and asks Center Director, Dr. Andrew Revell, to be the key note speaker. Dr. Revell's presentation, "Reduction of Cognitive Decline in Late Life: How to Age Successfully " is featured in November issue of Senior Scope.

Center Director, Dr. Andrew Revell, and his Southcoast Cognitive Aging Study are featured in: OJornal (7/12/13, published in English and Portuguese) and SouthCoast Prime Times (see p. 23 of July/Aug 2013), Taunton Gazette and Fall River Herald

The Center is a member institution of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), the Educational Unit of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA).
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Learn more about our Research, Education, Seminar Series, Outreach, and Partnerships.

For more information, please email us at: healthyaging@umassd.edu, or call (508) 999-8376.

Falamos Portuges, por favor envie um correio electronico (e-mail) se tiver perguntas: Gerontology Center

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