31st IOA Annual Colloquium, 2019

A Successful 2019 Colloquium

Thank you to all who attended and supported our 31st IOA Annual Colloquium, held Sept. 27, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin.

If you were unable to participate, see below for some of the resources that were offered at the event:

2019 Exhibitors showcased at our Health & Resource Fair

2019 Posters presented at our Poster Session

2019 Speaker Videos.

2019 Speakers


TimeSlips: Making Meaning and Connection Beyond Memory
Anne Basting, PhD
Founder, TimeSlips; UW-Milwaukee Professor of Theatre; MacArthur Fellow

Dr. Basting shares stories of how shifting away from the expectation of memory toward the freedom of imagination opens expression and meaningful relationship with people with dementia, their care partners, and care systems themselves. Infusing creativity into care brings hope and meaning back within reach – which is crucial for quality of life for both people living with dementia and for their care partners.

Dr. Basting is Professor of Theatre at the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and founder and President of TimeSlips. Basting’s innovative work as an artist and scholar has been recognized by a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, an Ashoka Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and multiple major grants. She is author/editor of multiple books, including the “Penelope Project” (U of Iowa), “Forget Memory” (Johns Hopkins), and the forthcoming “Creative Care” (Harper One). TimeSlips fosters an alliance of artists and caregivers bringing meaning and joy to late life through creativity, and has certified facilitators in 47 states and 18 countries.

TimeSlips: Making Meaning and Connection Beyond Memory presentation slides.

TimeSlips: Making Meaning and Connection Beyond Memory video of the presentation.


Are There Benefits to Standing Up and Moving More?
Kelli F. Koltyn, PhD
Professor, Department of Kinesiology, UW–Madison

Older adults spend most of their day in sedentary behavior (i.e., prolonged sitting) increasing their risk for chronic health conditions, functional limitations, and premature death. Despite many efforts to increase physical activity which can be effective in improving health and function, only a small percentage (8%) of older adults meet national physical activity guidelines. Thus, shifting the focus from increasing physical activity to reducing sedentary behavior is emerging as an innovative new strategy. With community-based funding, we developed a “Stand Up and Move More” intervention, and then with funding from the National Institutes of Health tested the feasibility and effectiveness of the intervention in four counties in Wisconsin. Results from this research will be shared with the audience.

Dr. Koltyn received a B.S. in physical education from John F. Kennedy College, a Master’s degree in exercise physiology from Texas Woman’s University, and a Ph.D. in kinesiology from the UW–Madison. She taught at the University of North Texas and the University of Florida before returning to the UW–Madison. Her research focuses on the effects of physical activity on various health outcomes.

Are There Benefits to Standing Up and Moving More? presentation slides.

Are There Benefits to Standing Up and Moving More? video of the presentation.


Also see Kristi Hallisy’s related poster titled:
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: Implications for the Older Adult.


Midlife Adult Health and Well-being: Signs of Despair or Rays of Hope?
Lauren M. Papp, PhD
Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, UW–Madison

Recent research has uncovered higher rates of distress and mortality among contemporary US adults approaching and in their midlife years compared to previous cohorts. Other findings have identified benefits that come with aging, including improved emotion management and interpersonal relations during midlife. This talk will review these broad trends and present current evidence on how specific factors– namely, close relationships and substance use– can either intensify or protect against declines in midlife individuals’ health and well-being. Public health implications will also be considered.

Since 2006, Dr. Papp has been a faculty member in the Dept. of Human Development & Family Studies and director of the UW Couples Lab. She currently serves as Associate Dean of Research in the School of Human Ecology. Her program of research has focused on the role of intimate and family relationships in shaping development across the lifespan. Her recent studies have capitalized on methods for assessing focal experiences in daily life, such as parents’ reports of marital conflict in the home and college students’ real-time substance use.

Midlife Adult Health and Well-being: Signs of Despair or Rays of Hope? presentation slides.

Midlife Adult Health and Well-being: Signs of Despair or Rays of Hope? video of the presentation.


Presbyopia and Glaucoma: Two Diseases, One Pathophysiology?
Mary Ann Croft, MS
Distinguished Researcher
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
School of Medicine & Public Health
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Glaucoma, a characteristic pressure- and age-dependent degeneration of the optic nerve that conducts visual impulses from the eye to the brain, is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss worldwide. Presbyopia, the age-related loss of accommodation, or the ability to focus on near objects, is the most common ocular affliction world-wide, affecting every individual over the age of 45 years. Their pathophysiologies may be linked. Our laboratory studies the physiology, pharmacology, cell biology, neural control, and aging of primate aqueous humor drainage and the accommodative apparatus, seeking to gain new pathophysiological insights and develop novel pharmacologic therapies for human glaucoma and presbyopia.

Mary Ann Croft received her M.S. in Veterinary Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She has worked in the field of aqueous dynamics, accommodation, and presbyopia since 1988. Her work has contributed significant new information relevant to accommodation and presbyopia pathophysiology. In 2016, Croft was the recipient of the UW–Madison Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research in the Independent Investigator category.

No copies of this presentation are available.

2019 New Investigator Award Winners:

Awards are given to UW–Madison students or advanced trainees to recognize outstanding achievement in aging or life course studies. Winners receive a $300 award and their research is showcased in the event’s Poster Session. This year’s winners were:

Sophia Sdao holding her New Investigator Award with her mentor Matthew Merrins
Sophia Sdao (left) holding her New Investigator Award with her mentor Matthew Merrins (right)
Meghan Jenkins Morales holding her New Investigator Award with IOA Administrator, Allison Zenke
Meghan Jenkins Morales (left) holding her New Investigator Award with IOA Administrator Allison Zenke (right)