Category: Research

Older adults may suffer more from social distancing

As COVID-19 continues to spread among communities throughout the U.S., public health and government officials are urging people to stay home and limit interactions with others, a practice known as social distancing. Social distancing is critical for slowing the spread of coronavirus and making sure that more vulnerable groups of people, such as older adults …

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Focus on Faculty: Lisa Renzi-Hammond

Lisa Renzi-Hammond, an assistant professor in the College of Public Health, conducts research that seeks to change how our society understands and supports people living with age-related neurodegenerative diseases. Where did you earn degrees and what are your current responsibilities at UGA? I am a proud Triple Dawg. I earned my B.S. in psychology with …

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Assistant professor studies the ways robots can help an aging population

Jenay Beer has been thinking about how people interact with robots since she was a kid. She grew up watching Star Wars, fascinated by the way R2D2 “beep-booped” his way through conversations with other characters, and The Jetsons, where Rosie wheeled about, frenetically managing the family’s futuristic home. Now, as an assistant professor and researcher at UGA’s Institute …

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Loneliness is a serious health issue

During the holidays, people suffer more, especially older adults No one likes to be lonely, especially around the holidays. But for most of us, once the decorations are packed away and life returns to the normal routine, the feeling passes. Yet, more and more people, particularly older adults, are grappling with loneliness year-round, and a growing …

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How older adults could benefit from ‘Skype on wheels’

Researcher Jenay Beer specializes in assistive technology. Her work aims to ‘put the human back in the engineering equation’ and help developers optimize new technology to match their users’ needs. As an IOG faculty member, she’s often asking how can this tech help older adults be healthier, happier and safe. Jenay recently talked with WUGA Health Desk …

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IOG works to reframe aging

With institutional roots dating back over 50 years, the Institute of Gerontology (IOG) at UGA’s College of Public Health (CPH) is at the forefront of aging research, and as the first baby boomers begin to retire and hit ‘old age,’ faculty at the IOG seek to reframe what it means to age. “We want to …

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