Gerontology

Iowa’s rural centenarians help unlock the secrets to aging well

A team of College of Human Sciences researchers are peering into the secrets of living and aging well. By studying lives well-lived, they’re addressing global challenges affecting people’s health.

Summer internships provide springboard to careers

At least 345 College of Human Sciences students are putting their learning into practice this summer and gaining valuable work experience through internships in Iowa and across the globe.

Margrett named American Psychological Association fellow

Jennifer Margrett's outstanding contributions to the field of psychology have earned her fellow status in the American Psychological Association.

4-H alums credit youth program with launching human sciences careers

As Iowa teens this week participate in the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference at Iowa State University, they’ll pledge their heads to clearer thinking, their hearts to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service, and their health to better living, not only for themselves, but also their communities and beyond.

For a number of 4-H alumni, that commitment to head, heart, hands, and health led them to pursue a career in human sciences.

“4-H really set a foundation for my life,” said Eulanda Sanders, Iowa State’s Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing and the College of Human Sciences’ equity adviser. “It’s a fabulous organization. Often, when I have 4-H’ers in class, it’s evident. They possess attention for detail, good communication skills, inquisitiveness, and a willingness to take risks.”

Research internship gives undergraduates hands-on experience working with prestigious faculty

Bailie Kies is traveling to Iowa schools this fall to recruit students to participate in a study about physical activity patterns being conducted byIowa State University’s Physical Activity and Health Promotion Lab.

As a Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Intern, Kies is getting hands-on experience this semester working with kinesiology professor Gregory Welk in determining the effectiveness of the Youth Activity Profile, an online tool designed to assess children's daily physical activity and sedentary habits.

On-campus graduate program in gerontology begins with four students

Four Iowa State University students are pursuing advanced degrees in gerontology, the study of adult development and healthy aging, during the first year of an on-campus graduate program.

Supplements, exercise could improve muscle mass and strength for older adults

The loss of muscle strength and function, what’s known as sarcopenia, is a natural part of aging. It’s also a growing public health concern because of the risk for falls, injury and decline in quality of life. That’s why an Iowa State University researcher is working to slow or reverse the progression of sarcopenia.

ISU gerontology program carries out goal of the Older Americans Act

In the spirit of the Older Americans Act, Iowa State University’s gerontology program helps older adults to age actively in the community of their choice.

Mothers give more than they receive when family struck by major illness

Mothers are often the caregiver when a child is sick, and that motherly instinct doesn’t go away when the child is an adult.

In fact, mothers provide more support to adult children with a serious health condition than to their other children, according to new research presented at the American Sociological Association 2015 Annual Meeting.

New HDFS chair aims to cultivate department’s name-brand recognition

Iowa State University’s newest department chair brings to campus an expertise in the intervention and prevention of emotional difficulties.

Carl Weems is the new professor and chair of human development and family studies. His first day was July 1. Weems comes to Iowa State as the department is broadening its focus to include all aspects of family health and well being — not just physical health but mental health, socio-economic status, and relationships.