SHAARP Community Outreach

In addition to research and training, the SHAARP Lab strives to serve the community and fill the needs of both students and the broader community. Our community outreach program offers younger and older adults opportunities to engage in social interactions and to learn from one another. Currently, we are working with the Philipsburg PA Senior Center developing a program that fosters mutually-beneficial relationships between students, faculty, and older members of the local area. Thanks to funding through the Penn State Mary Anna Mangino Community Service Endowment, activities during the 2015-2016 school year have included musical performances, ice cream socials, a movie day, a game day, and

Postdoc News

Dr. Christy Phillips gave the second lecture in the 2016 Healthy Aging Community Lecture Series on April 14th, at the Juniper Village Senior Living at Brookline. The lecture, "Move It! Physical Activity and Aging", drew a record number of attendees ready to learn more about the benefits of physical activity. Congratulations Christy!

Cognitive Aging Conference 2016

Congratulations to Briana Sprague, Christina Webb, and Jinshil Hyun on their successful presentations at the Cognitive Aging conference in Altanta. Briana's work applied a new TVEM analytic technique to examine the relationships between physical function and cognition across older adulthood. Christina examined the neural mechanisms underlying speed of processing training. Jinshil (working under the guidance of Dr. Marty Sliwinski) examined the psychological states and their impact on predicted cognitive functioning in daily life.

Undergraduate Accomplishments 2016

On April 6th two of our undergraduate research assistants, Suzanne Hamilton and Daniel van Florcke, participated in Penn State’s annual Undergraduate Exhibition. Junior Suzanne presented a poster titled “Relationships between Peripheral Hearing, Depression, and Self-Efficacy in Older Adults” and senior Dan presented a poster titled “Associations between Grip Strength and Blood Pressure in Healthy Older Adults." Both undergraduates worked closely with graduate students Sara Freed and Briana Sprague as well as Dr. Christy Phillips and Dr. Lesley Ross. For more information on these students check out the "People" tab located at the top of the page.

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