Older adults who participate in group activities such as exercising or learning to play an instrument gain benefits beyond the skills they are focused on. This article is a study review of Dr. Sam Tsugawa’s research on music teaching and learning among older adults. The review has been published with The Good Men Project. The author, Sammi Trujillo, is the Public Scholar Writer for the BYU Gerontology Program. She will graduate this year with a Bachelor's degree in Family Studies, with an emphasis on public writing in the social sciences. You can read her article here. Dr. Tsugawa’s article can be found on our Faculty Research page
Did you know that career opportunities for students interested in work in the aging field are expanding? This is largely because people 65 years old and older are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. And, although there are a broad range of exciting career opportunities in aging, there are not enough professionals to keep pace with the increasing demand.
Gerontology Faculty Affiliate Dr. John Price and his grad student Monique Speirs have found a way to slow the cancer cell adaptation process.
Watch the incredible journey of older dancers in this documentary directed by Kate Monson, a Faculty Affiliate of the Gerontology Program, and read more in the BYU News.
BYU Gerontology student Camille Jones (center in the picture) is a member of BYU's all-female a capella group, Noteworthy. This group has had recording sessions, a music video, and a Texas tour this year.
A recent post by Jake Rogers and Dr. Jeremy Yorgason enlightens us on the biological, psychological, and social factors shared by people who live past their 100th birthday.
BYU's Dr. Jeremy Yorgason, Director of the BYU Gerontology Program, has been named Gerontological Society of America Fellow.
BYU student Katie Strobel, an entrepreneurship senior from Idaho Falls, Idaho, teamed up with BYU engineering students through the Crocker Fellows program to create a smartwatch application for elderly adults. “We call ourselves the smart Life Alert.”
BYU's Department of Psychology, Gerontology Program, and Neuroscience Center hosted Ivo Pirisi, PhD, from Italy on Thursday, November 16th. Dr. Pirisi is an expert on Blue Zones and Longevity.
More older Americans are suffering from chronic loneliness, and the long-term health risks can be deadly. Read the article published by the AARP for more information.
Julianne Holt-Lunstad, an Affiliate of the BYU Gerontology Program, recently participated in a roundtable discussion on the topics of rural aging and social isolation, which led to a policy brief by the Bipartisan Policy Center. Read the brief for more information..
The U.N. Discusses State and Family Responsibilities in Promoting and Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons
Dr. Jeremy Yorgason, Director of the BYU Gerontology Program, was a distinguished panelist at the United Nations Human Rights Council during a multi-session seminar on family and older persons, held in Geneva on June 11th. These sessions can be accessed here: Session 3 | Session 4
Jeremy Yorgason, Lee Johnson, Melanie Hill, and Bailey Selland have found that couples who exercise together experience even more benefits than if they only exercise separately.
Exercise protects vital memory and learning functions, according to BYU Gerontology Faculty Affiliate Jeff Edwards.
Researchers examine elderly people with a high risk for Alzheimer’s disease who remain cognitively healthy. They find that rare variants in the RAB10 gene may provide protection from the disease.
March 14th and 15th for the annual Gerontology Conference. We will get to hear from Dr. Steven Greenberg of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as our own Dr. Scott Sanders and Dr. John Chaston. Visit the Conference page for more information
Cards for Care
The Gerontology Program and College of Nursing hosted Emily Ellis, from Vancouver, B.C. on August 29th. Emily has designed conversation prompts called "Cards for Care" using design and reminiscence theories. Emily hopes to have front-end care providers use these cards to learn patients' interests and life histories, to improve the patients' happiness and quality of life, and to encourage empathy in care providers.
BYU's Top of Mind Radio Show host, Julie Rose, interviewed BYU rofessors David Kooyman, David Thomson & Jonathan Alder to discuss answers to these questions on Friday, May 16th.
Click here to listen to the interview.
BYU professor is spearheading big changes in how the world views social relationships and loneliness
BYU Gerontology Program Faculty Affiliate, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, makes headlines with her focus on the long term effects of social connection.
BYU researchers identify gene variation that protects against Alzheimer's disease. Follow this link to read the article.
Gerontology Students are recognized for their involvement at the Huntsman World Senior Games. Follow this link to read the article
Older adults are at greater risk during emergency evacuations. Click here to read more.
BYU's Crocker Innovation Practicum is a class focused on creating new and innovative business ideas. This team spent the last year developing a business around medication management, specifically easing the caregivers' burden by helping them with medication management and compliance. "It's cool to not only talk about the theory behind entrepreneurship, but to actually get our feet wet," says Claire Thomas. For more information about the program, go to crockerinnovationfellows.com.
Professor Larry Tucker's research shows that you may be able to slow down one type of aging. Read more about his research here.
Dr. Marc Agronin talks about aging on BYU's radio show "Top of Mind" with Julie Rose. Click here to listen to the interview.