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Institute on Aging Annual Colloquium



Thanks to everyone who attended our event on

in Madison, Wisconsin

Click to see the 2017 Registration Brochure.

Below are some of the resources from the event:


2017 Speakers:



Caring Makes the World Go ’Round: a Fundamental Human Motivation

Ofra Mayseless, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Counseling and Human Development, University of Haifa, Israel

Caring as an emotion, a bond, and a behavioral manifestation vibrates all around us. In this lecture I discuss our universal motivation to care, tend, provide, empower, and nurture – our “caring motivation” and demonstrate, based on extant research, that it covers very broad phenomena that share core common processes. I present a comprehensive view on how caring is psychologically activated and sustained as well as underscore the importance of life meaning and purpose in its enactment. I also discuss how caring develops and some intriguing insights such as the importance of proactive caring and the unexpected rewards of caring to the caregiver.

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Prof. Ofra Mayseless


Tai Chi: An Ancient Chinese Secret for Optimal Aging and Well-Being

Kristi Hallisy, PT, DSc
Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, School of Medicine &
Public Health, Dept. of Family Medicine & Community Health, UW- Madison

Mobility, strength, and balance, both mental and physical, are essential for optimal aging and well-being. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art based on balancing one’s mind and body to create an overall sense of peace and harmony, naturally inspiring long life. By utilizing relaxed, fluid, non-impact, and three-dimensional movement, Tai Chi fosters effective and efficient movement patterns addressing the strength, endurance, mobility and movement coordination impairments frequently seen in the aging population. This lecture will appraise the numerous evidenced-based health and wellness benefits of tai chi for the aging population, and includes an experiential tai chi training session. 

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Prof. Kristi Hallisy


Mechanisms of Successful Cognitive Aging

Corinna Burger, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, UW-Madison

My laboratory is interested in understanding the genetic and environmental factors that lead to differences in memory impairments associated with aging. We use rats as a model of the learning impairments found in aged humans since they display individual variability in memory impairment with age as humans do. This talk will focus on gene therapy and environmental enrichment approaches for successful cognitive aging.

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Prof. Corinna Burger


Balancing Vitamin A Intake to Mitigate the Risk of Excessive Stores

Sherry Tanumihardjo, PhD
Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, UW-Madison

The long-term impact of vitamin A supplements and fortificants on vitamin A status is currently unknown. Many people in the United States have excessive vitamin A intakes above the recommended dietary allowance, in part through increased supplement usage and fortified food intake. When dietary levels are high, total liver stores will increase over time and this is a concern for hypervitaminosis A and toxicity. We recently analyzed the livers of adult cadavers in the US and found 33% prevalence of hypervitaminotic A reserves. Excessive vitamin A status may in part explain the increasing rates of osteoporosis among the elderly.

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Prof. Sherry Tanumihardjo


2017 New Investigator Award Winner:

Awards are given to UW-Madison students or advanced trainees to recognize outstanding achievement in aging or life course studes. Winners receive a $300 award and their research is showcased in the event's Poster Session. This year's winner was:

Joshua D. Roth

For his poster entitled:
Improving Knee Function in Older Adults Undergoing Total Knee Replacement

Josh Roth (left) and mentor, Prof. Darryl Thelen (right)




View a list of Posters presented. PDFs of some of the posters are included in the "Highlighted Posters" section on our home page.




View descriptions of Exhibitors (and their contact information), offering local resources for postive aging. These organizations are also listed on our Related Links page.





Join us at our 30th Annual Colloquium on Aging, being held on


at the Gordon Dining and Event Center on the UW-Madison Campus.

Space is limited and can fill up in less than a week!

We expect to open registration on the first Monday in August (10/6/18)

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(*CHANGE IN EVENT DATE: For two weeks in Nov. of 2017,
the date listed here for the 2018 Colloquium was Oct. 12, 2018.
Please note that date has been changed to Oct. 25, 2018.)




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Colloquium Archives

Click here to view speaker presentations and program handouts from previous years.


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