Institute on Aging at the University of Virginia


October 2009

Welcome to Lifelines, the e-newsletter from the Institute on Aging. Lifelines features the latest research, programs and events on aging from the University of Virginia.

lease be sure to visit our website to learn more about how the University fosters innovative research and discovery to promote healthy aging throughout the human lifespan!

In this Issue

The "Ticking Demographic Time Bomb" of Alzheimer's Disease and How it May be Defused or Delayed
Cutting-edge research on Alzheimer's disease was the focus of a June conference featuring internationally renowned speakers on causes, diagnosis and treatments for this devastating illness. READ MORE

Keeping the Roads Safe for Seniors: U.Va. Faculty Help Senior Drivers and Pedestrians Stay Mobile
Leading researchers from across the University are collaborating to study the special challenges and develop solutions for the aging population. READ MORE

National Institute on Aging Supports Emerging Researchers at the University of Virginia
Karen Rose and Brian Wiltgen attend prestigious institute to advance innovative research in aging studies. READ MORE

U.Va.'s Fifth Year of LIFE
International program trains new leaders. READ MORE

Upcoming Events

Aging 101 - How Do We Avoid Diabetes and its Complications as We AgeGBRG

Tuesday, October 13, 3:00 pm
The Doubletree Hotel, Charlottesville

Dr. Eugene J. Barrett, Director of the University of Virginia Diabetes Center, will discuss how a healthy lifestyle may prevent diabetes, as well as medications to prevent complications of this illness. For more details and to register online, go to the Institute's website.

Understanding and Implementing Virginia's Revised Health Care Decisions Act

October 22, 9:00 am 4:00 pm
University of Virginia School of Law

This conference will help health care professionals understand and implement the recent changes to state legislation concerning advanced directives. The new law empowers Virginians to use advance directives to guide all aspects of their health care (not only end-of-life care) in the event that their decisional capacity becomes impaired. This important innovation will be of particular value for two classes of people those with mental illness who want to guide their treatment if they become acutely ill and those who are worried about cognitive impairments associated with aging and want to plan in advance for long-term care or other aspects of their health care. In addition, the new law also provides better guidance to health care providers to assure that clinically and ethically appropriate decisions are made for people who lose decisional capacity, even if they have no advance directive.

For more information about the conference, please visit the Institute's website.

Livable Communities: Opportunities for Successful Aging

November 11, 2:00 4:00 pm
The Doubletree Hotel, Charlottesville

A national expert will discuss the elements of a livable community including housing and both vehicular and pedestrian mobility and the critical relationship between them and the ability to age successfully. The program will include a discussion on the inter-generational benefits of these elements and the importance of connectivity. Further details will be announced soon.

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If you prefer, please contact Regina Carlson at (434) 243-5695,, or at the Instititute on Aging, University of Virginia, PO Box 400870, Charlottesville VA 22904-4870.

Upcoming Events