Animals and the elderly
Alan M. BeckDorothy N. McAllister Professor of Animal Ecology
Director, Center for Applied Ethology and Human-
Studies the relationship between people and their companion animals and is co-author of "Between Pets and People: The Importance of Animal Companionship," a classic in the field. Is working with Purdue Professor Nancy Edwards to study the physiological and behavioral effects of animals on patients with Alzheimer's disease.
Nancy EdwardsAssistant professor, nursing
Is a geriatric clinical specialist with expertise in the areas of chronic illness, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Is working with Purdue Professor Alan Beck to study the physiological and behavioral effects of animals on patients with Alzheimer's disease.
Jo A. BrooksProfessor, nursing
Has expertise in lifestyle interventions to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. Can speak about nonpharmacological approaches to reducing cardiovascular risk and the role of professional nursing in health-care reform. Also can address role of nurse-managed centers in meeting health care needs in rural settings and in providing health services for well populations.
Nancy EdwardsFor biography, see "Animals and the elderly"
Sharon WilkersonAssociate professor, nursing
Has expertise in chronic illness and its impact on the individual and on the family.
Drugs and the elderly
Charles H. BrownAssociate professor, clinical pharmacy
Expert on pharmacy services for older patients both at community pharmacies and in nursing homes.
Margaret KrachAssociate professor, nursing
Studied prescription drug use and misuse and abuse of alcohol by the elderly. Also has studied the situation of working adults who are primary caregivers for the elderly. Has special interest in health needs/functionality of people over age 85.
Roger P. MaickelProfessor, pharmacology and toxicology
Director, Laboratory Animal Program
Expert in drug composition, use and effects, particularly for geriatric patients.
Michael D. MurrayProfessor, clinical pharmacy
Research interests include the renal effects of drugs and diuretics in elderly patients. Also studies medication compliance in elderly patients and strategies to improve their ability to take their medications. Is director of the Regenstrief Institute Health Data Core at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis. Has served on the board of directors of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology.
Nicholas G. PopovichProfessor, pharmacy
Interim associate head, Pharmacy Practice
Expert on the delivery of pharmacy services to improve the health of institutionalized patients such as those in nursing homes. Studies self-care, especially the use of over-the-counter medications.
Fitness and aging
Donald L. CorriganAssociate professor, health, kinesiology and leisure
Studies physical fitness programs and their effects on aging. Has expertise on strength and aging.
Roseann M. LyleAssociate professor, health/foods and nutrition
Researches ways for the aging to maintain functional ability and independent living. Also studies ways to prevent hypertension; the effect of exercise on bone mass in women; and how exercise and activity affect health in women and the elderly.
Margaret KrachFor biography, see "Drugs and the elderly"
R. Colleen DeTurkAssociate professor, nursing
Certified gerontological specialist. Expert on Medicare and other health care delivery systems for the elderly. Studies depression in the elderly, especially those in the home, and has expertise on the "oldest old," people 85 years and older. Also studies elderly in the community. Appointed to governor's board for CHOICE, a program to help keep the elderly independent and living in their own homes.
James G. AndersonProfessor, medical sociology
Director, Rural Center for Study of HIV/STD
Has expertise in health care reform and the organization and delivery of health services in the United States and abroad. Has published eight books and more than 150 articles on health care and social services. Studied an experimental Medicare reimbursement effort aimed at containing Medicare costs. Also has studied the attitudes of medical professionals toward euthanasia.
R. Colleen DeTurkFor biography, see "Gerontology"
Kenneth F. FerraroProfessor, medical sociology
Director, gerontology program
Studies include: "Does Religion Influence Adult Health?" "Assessing the Impacts of Community-Based Health Care Policies and Programs for Older Adults," "Are Black Older Adults Health Pessimistic?" "Cohort Change in Images of Older Adults" and "Are Older People Most Afraid of Crime?" Has produced book chapters on "Widowhood and Health" and "Health Needs and Services for Older Adults: Evaluating Policies for an Aging Society."
Gerald C. HynerAssociate professor, health education
Researches the effects of screening and health risk appraisal for elderly persons. Investigates modifying chronic disease risk factors, particularly among employees in work settings. Expert on risk factors for premature disease.
Todd A. RickettsAssistant professor, audiology
Research focuses on amplification, specifically predicting the success of hearing aids with specific types of amplification.
Victoria WillisAssociate professor, art and design
Expert in universal or transgenerational architecture and interior design. Research involves designing interiors for the deaf and hearing-impaired.
Marriage and family
Victor G. CicirelliProfessor, developmental and aging psychology
Has expertise in family relationships in the aging family. Studies sibling relationships throughout adulthood; effects of relationships when adult children care for elderly parents; and euthanasia in old age. Surveyed the elderly on end-of-life decisions they would make based on health concerns that resulted in a poor quality of life.
Clifford H. Swensen Jr.Professor, clinical psychology
Researches problems in long-term marriages and the impact of cancer on spouse and family. Is an expert on interpersonal relationships, particularly love relationships. Teaches a class in clinical gerontological psychology.
Dea K. DeWolffAssistant professor, psychological sciences
Studies cognitive functioning and memory in older adults. Looks at how being experienced in a certain area influences one's ability to function in that area.
Ronald E. JohnsonProfessor, educational psychology and
Researches text processing and remembering. Recent research involves factors that affect the ability of older adults to memorize or learn material.
R. Colleen DeTurkFor biography, see "Gerontology"
Dorothy M. MorréProfessor, foods and nutrition
Studied the amount of vitamin A required by the body at various life stages. Also studied the interaction of vitamin A and vitamin D and membrane renewal and aging.
Louise W. PeckAssistant professor, foods and nutrition
Studies nutrition in relation to health and chronic disease associated with aging. Has studied fatty acids with regard to kidney disease, behavior and development.
Connie M. WeaverProfessor, foods and nutrition
Head, Department of Foods and Nutrition
Researches exercise and bone mass in women and calcium metabolism in adolescent girls, important to deterring osteoporosis in later life. Has published extensively on minerals in human nutrition, especially calcium and iron.
Ann H. HuntAssociate professor, nursing
Has expertise in prevention of osteoporosis. Was a National Institutes of Health Fellow at Washington University School of Medicine, Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology. Has been quoted in the media about the health benefits of humor as well as about osteoporosis. Has done media interviews on the topic of skin care in winter.
Connie M. WeaverFor biography, see "Nutrition"
Sexuality and aging
Ruth N. WukaschAssistant professor, nursing
Clinical specialist psychiatric/mental health nursing
Expert in women's health, especially issues relating to post-hysterectomy. Studies factors in sexuality as people age, and has made presentations on stress and coping, diets and body image.
Vicki L. HammenAssistant professor, audiology and speech sciences
Studies Parkinson's disease and its effect on speech.
Amy B. WohlertAssociate professor, audiology and speech sciences
Studies communication disorders in old age. Also researches physical changes in old age that affect speech and swallowing.
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