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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 2016 Registration Brochure.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.
Registration opens the first Monday in August and fills up in less than a week!




We have over 650 people on our registration and waiting lists,
and space at the event for only 550, so we will not be taking any more names.

Note that because we have a waiting list,
we will not be accepting any walk-in registrations at the event.

We regret that not everyone who wants to attend is able to.
We open registration on the first Monday in August,
so you can mark your calendar for next year.

If you can't attend this year's colloquium,
note that handouts and videos of presentations
will be posted here after the event.


If you have already registered, but now are unable to attend, please




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.)

Event registration will open at 8:30 am on the 2nd Floor.

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.

Click to see the Gordon floor plan and event layout map.

Map of event location



Click to get directions on MapQuest

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

For bus routes, see Madison Metro Trip Planner
For biking routes, see the Bike Madison Trip Planner


Parking is self-pay and availability cannot be guaranteed.
Several public parking lots, both campus and city run, are within 1-3 blocks of the event.
All nearby parking options are listed on the Event Parking Map (which has live links). Options include:

CAMPUS PARKING - LOTS 46, 83, 7, 29:
NOTE that to ensure nearby parking, we recommend buying a campus parking permit
in advance of the event. However, the deadline to do this was 9/9/16.

Not all public parking in campus lots can be reserved,
so there may still be a limited number of spaces
available on the day of the event.

If campus parking is full, we recommend trying the State Street Campus Garage
located at 400 N. Lake St.
It is three blocks directly north of the event, and has over 1000 public parking spaces.
Click to see current parking availability.



Please! If your plans change after you register,
let us know as soon as possible
so that there is time to save us the cost of your lunch
or allow someone else from our waiting list to attend in your place.

To cancel, click here.

or call 608-262-1818
Please give us your complete name and address so that we can find you in our database.



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Please help us continue offering this valuable event
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