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Washington University at Gerontology Society of America 2014 Conference

The Gerontological Society of America’s 67th Annual Scientific Meeting brings together more than 4,000 of the brightest minds in the field of aging. Washington University in St. Louis’ researchers in aging will be well represented at the meeting in Washington, D.C. with 28 posters and presentations (see full list below) and a workshop on Accelerating Translation of Knowledge to Community Practices for Older Adults.

Related Event: The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging hosted a Global Aging Research Network breakfast on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. to connect faculty, staff and students from Washington University, McDonnell International Scholars Academy partner institutions, and other stakeholders interested in cross-national aging-related research and education.


  1. Reducing Excessive Fear of Falling with Exposure Therapy Plus Exercise | Julie Wetherell, C. Caroline Merz, Andrew Petkus, Emily S. Bower
  2. Development of the In-Home Medication Management Performance Evaluation: A Validity Study | Molly Murphy, Susan Stark, Emily Somerville, Marian Keglovits
  3. Personal and Environmental Correlates of Physical Activity in China’s Older Adults | Dongmin Wang, Yu-Chih Chen, Ben Cooper, Nancy Morrow-Howell, Gong Chen
  4. Have We Underestimated Fall Rates? Using Tailored Approaches to Ascertain Fall Events | Susan Stark, John C. Morris, Emily Somerville
  5. Loneliness in a Senior Housing Community: A Pilot Project | Harry Taylor, Ian Ferguson, Stephanie Herbers, Nancy Morrow-Howell
  6. Psychological Well-Being among Older Adults in China: A Comparison of Urban and Rural Differences | Huajuan Chen, Ada Mui, Nan Jiang, Yuekang Li, Yalu Zhang
  7. Indicators of Successful Aging and Life Satisfaction: The Cohort Effect in China | Yu-Chih Chen, Nancy Morrow-Howell
  8. Effects of Community Age-Friendliness on Health Status of Older Adults in China: A Multilevel Perspective | Yi Wang
  9. Hearing Impairment, Cognition, and Brain Function: Insights from Epidemiologic and Clinical Studies | Jonathan E. Peelle
  10. Age-Related Improvements in Daily Emotion Regulation | Tammy English, Laura Carstensen
  11. Candidate Gene Resequencing to Identify Rare, Pedigree-Specific Variants Influencing Health Aging Phenotypes in the Long Life Family Study | Todd Druley, J.C. Wang, Kaare Christensen, Thomas T. Perls, Bharat Thyagarajan, Michael Province
  12. Activity Disengagement: Understanding Challenges and Opportunities for Re-engagement | Nancy Morrow-Howell, Stephanie Herbers, Krista Fox, Paula Plathe, Carolyn Baum
  13. The Age-Related Positivity Effect in Decision Making: Implications for Choice Quality | Andrew E. Reed, Tamara Sims, Tammy English, Laura L. Carstensen
  14. A Consumer Perspective on Demential Biomarkers, On-Line Dementia Resources, and Dementia Literacy | Brian D. Carpenter, Steven R. Sabat
  15. Disclosure of Biomarker Test Results to Cognitively Normal Research Participants | Jonathan Gooblar
  16. Psychological Effects of Online Screening for Dementia Risk | Caroline Merz, Brian D. Carpenter
  17. The Alzheimer’s Association Website Improves Knowledge of Alzheimer’s Disease in a National Sample | Steve Balsis, Matthew L. Hughes, Deborah A. Lowe, Brian D. Carpenter
  18. Measuring Knowledge about Alzheimer’s Disease in Japan | Takashi Amano, Katsuo Yamanaka, Brian D. Carpenter
  19. “It’s in How You Present the Question:” Screening Older Drivers in Primary Care Settings | Marian E. Betz, Jacqueline Jones, Emma Genco, David B. Carr, Carolyn DiGuiseppi, Robert Schwartz
  20. Translation of Dance-Based Research into Practice | Jean Krampe, Gammon Earhart
  21. Predictors of Physician Safety Ratings of Medically Impaired Older Drivers | Thomas M. Meuser, Marla Berg-Weger, David B. Carr, Shaoxuan Julia Shi, S.D. Stewart
  22. Alzheimer’s Disease: Through the Tau Looking-Glass | Nupur Ghoshal
  23. Epigenetic Memory of Hydrogen Sulfide Declines with Age in C. elegans | Emily M. Fawcett, Dana L. Miller
  24. Late Life Volunteering across Countries: Definitional Differences | Huajuan Chen, Nancy Morrow-Howell
  25. Longitudinal Associations between Physical and Cognitive Function among Community-Dwelling Older Adults | Magdalena Tolea, John C. Morris, James Galvin
  26. A Week in the Life of Social Entrepreneurs in Their Encores | Cal Halvorsen, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Stephanie Berzin
  27. Neighborhoods. Does Place Matter for Volunteering in Later Life? | Ernest Gonzales, Huei-Wern Shen, Yi Wang, Julie Norstrand
  28. Cross-National Aging Research: An Example on Productive Activities in U.S., China, and Korea | Nancy Morrow-Howell, Tim McBride, Ben Cooper, Yu-Chih Chen, Yi Wang, Huajuan Chen, Dongmin Wang, Ching-Ying Lai