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Ora M. DeJesus Gerontology Center

Promoting Healthy Aging through Research and Outreach

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.

The Pan-Mass Challenge bike-a-thon (photo above) is one of many ways adults can remain active. One in five adults has a disability and one in three older adults does as well. Yet remaining active is still possible through adaptive sports. This is one of many topics covered on campus in the popular Aging and Health Minor.

Research: Gerontology faculty present regularly at The Gerontological Society of America Conference on the status of the Age-Friendly Features of the UMass System campuses for an AGHE symposium. Recent presentations have included the Psychological impact of Covid-19 on first responders and students in training.

With the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Gerontology Center co-sponsored the first Accessibility Awareness Week.

An introduction on the Aging & Health Minor from our Minor Director was featured in the College of Arts and Sciences Newsletter.

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