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Institute on Aging Annual Colloquium



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8:30 am - 2:00 pm

in Madison, Wisconsin
at the Gordon Dining & Event Center on the UW-Madison campus.

Showcasing the latest research and resources on positive aging,
with Speakers, a Poster Session, and a Health & Resource Fair.

Click to see the Event Flyer.

The event is free and open to the public,
but space is limited and registration fills up in less than a week!

Mark Your Calendar!
Registration will open Monday, August 1, 2016 at 8 am.

Registrations will be taken via this website.


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receive the event brochure when it is distributed.
(Note that if you don't live nearby and you choose
to receive mailings via postal mail instead of email,
you may receive the event brochure after registration is already full.)



2016 Speakers will be:

Challenging the Bard:
Well-Being and Health into Shakespeare’s 7th Age

Elliot Friedman, PhD
William & Sally Berner Hanley Associate Professor of Gerontology
Purdue University

The image of old age that emerges from Shakespeare’s writings consists mainly of infirmity, disease, and dementia. These images persist today, in spite of profound improvements in health and longevity since Shakespeare’s time. They are also inconsistent with many older adults’ more positive experiences of their own aging. Psychological well-being, including engagement with personal and communal priorities, has emerged as a key ingredient in healthy aging. This talk will focus on well-being in later life, its connections with health, and the possibility that it can be promoted to improve quality of life and health among older adults.


A Novel Systems Biology Approach to Sarcopenia:
New Molecular Insights Enabled by Cutting-edge Technologies

Ying Ge, PhD
Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Cell & Regenerative Biology, UW-Madison

Sarcopenia is the loss of skeletal muscle mass and function with aging. It is highly prevalent in the elderly and is associated with disability, falls, fractures, loss of independent living, as well as increased morbidity and mortality. Sarcopenia represents a major public health problem and threatens to place an increasingly heavy burden on public health care given the worldwide increase in life expectancy. Herein, we employ a novel systems biology approach that integrates ultra high-resolution mass spectrometry-based proteomics with functional studies to identify new molecular determinants of age-related muscle dysfunction and aid the development of therapeutic strategies to treat sarcopenia. 


Maintenance of Balance with Aging: Choose Your Steps Carefully

Darryl G. Thelen, PhD
Harvey D. Spangler Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering,
Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, UW-Madison

The maintenance of balance is fundamental to walking and independent mobility. We will review both simple and complex models of walking that have provided tremendous insights into how the sensorimotor system controls bipedal balance. We will also consider the effects that age-related physical, sensory, and cognitive changes can have on balance, and thereby contribute to reduced gait speed and fall risk. Finally, we will review some interventions that could mitigate declines in sensorimotor function, and thereby potentially enhance balance and walking ability.


Who Cares? The People Who Support Older Adult Health and What They Need

Barbara Bowers, PhD
Helen Denne Schulte Professor, Associate Dean for Research
School of Nursing, UW-Madison

Overwhelmingly, older adults want to “age in place,” remaining in their home and community, but health conditions and physical limitations can make that difficult. Some 40 million family members and friends regularly help older adults in their homes. Nurses, assistants and other staff provide care to older adults in various settings. These family and paid caregivers face serious challenges, including insufficient information, skills, and resources. How can we improve older adults’ quality of care and quality of life? The UW-Madison School of Nursing is pioneering approaches to better support both family and paid caregivers of older adults.




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Gordon Dining & Event Center

2nd Floor

770 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53715
(on the corner of W. Dayton & N. Lake,
3 blocks south of the campus end of State Street.)

The first floor of Gordon is a public dining hall.
The second floor is the event center, all of which has been reserved for the Colloquium.
Many bus routes pass the building,
and several public parking lots, both campus and city run,
are within 1-3 blocks of the event.

Map of event location

NOTE that to ensure nearby parking, we recommend buying a campus parking permit
in advance of the event. Instructions for doing this will be sent with registration confirmations.

Click to see the event location on the UW-Madison campus map

Click to get directions on MapQuest



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for free in the future. 

A donation of any amount will help. 
To lend your support, please donate via the UW Foundation


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Colloquium Archives

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


1300 University Avenue
2245 MSC
Madison, WI 53706
PH: 608.262.1818
FAX: 608.263.6211