Dr. Patricia Heyn contributes to national Healthy Brain Initiative

Dr. Patricia Heyn contributes to national Healthy Brain Initiative

  Last month, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the latest version of the Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI) Road Map, which provides public health officials across the nation with a set of strategies to promote brain health and improve the quality of life for people living with dementia […]

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Center for Optimal Aging’s racial health equity research project accepted at two international conferences

Center for Optimal Aging’s racial health equity research project accepted at two international conferences

  The latest research project spearheaded by Marymount University’s Center for Optimal Aging, focusing on racial health equity and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has been accepted at two notable international science conferences – the 2023 Cochrane Colloquium in London and the What Works Global Summit in Ottawa, Canada. The prestigious international conference […]

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MU receives additional funding to continue falls prevention efforts

Marymount receives additional funding to continue falls prevention efforts

  As the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in adults over the age of 65, falls can greatly impact the health and well-being of older adults. The age-adjusted fall death rate increased by 41 percent from 2012 to 2021, while falls that don’t result in death can still cause traumatic brain injuries, hip […]

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Stars of ‘Duty Free’ documentary visit MU for Speaker Series event

Stars of ‘Duty Free’ documentary visit MU for Speaker Series event

  Sian-Pierre Regis and Rebecca Danigelis, activists and stars of the 2021 documentary ‘Duty Free,’ were the featured speakers in the latest edition of Marymount University’s MUx Speaker Series, a thought-provoking series of presentations and conversations designed to transform motivation into action and ideas into change. Organized in collaboration with Marymount’s Center for Optimal Aging […]

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Center for Optimal Aging awarded state grant for dementia research

Center for Optimal Aging awarded state grant for dementia research

  Marymount University’s Center for Optimal Aging has been awarded a grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund (ARDRAF) that will support investigation into the feasibility of remote online administration of the Otago Exercise Program for individuals with dementia, supervised by their care partners. Dr. Julie Ries, principal investigator […]

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MU falls prevention experts seek to strengthen community connections

Marymount falls prevention experts seek to strengthen community connections

  Every year, one in four Americans age 65 and older are negatively impacted by a fall, according to the National Council on Aging. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in older adults, and they greatly impact their health and well-being. In addition to threatening their independence, falls generate significant economic […]

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Center for Optimal Aging director receives prestigious GSA award

Director of Center for Optimal Aging receives award from the Gerontological Society of America

  Dr. Patricia C. Heyn, the founding Director of Marymount University’s Center for Optimal Aging, has achieved national recognition through the recently announced annual awards from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). The country’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging, it acknowledged 23 individuals this week through its prestigious awards program. Dr. […]

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Dr. Patricia C. Heyn leads Center for Optimal Aging as Founding Director

Dr. Patricia C. Heyn leads Marymount University's Center for Optimal Aging as Founding Director

  After a thorough and competitive international search, Marymount University has selected Dr. Patricia C. Heyn as Founding Director of the Center for Optimal Aging, the University’s first interdisciplinary research hub focused on addressing critical issues affecting the health of older adults. “Marymount has a unique history and commitment to education and serving those in […]

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MU launching first interdisciplinary research hub, the Center for Optimal Aging

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  This year, Marymount University plans to officially launch the Center for Optimal Aging – a central hub for community-based research, interdisciplinary education and community engagement programs to positively impact the quality of life of older adults. The Center will connect interdisciplinary teams of Marymount faculty and students with community stakeholders to collaborate and jointly […]

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