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How old, and how smart, is your smartphone? ISL post-doc Nicholas Gray wants to know

Smartphones and other digital technology hold lots of promise for researchers pursuing ways to assist older adults. But are older Americans using the latest versions or are they keeping their phones well past their expiration dates? There is no reliable information to guide researchers. Nicholas Gray, the Institute for Successful Longevity’s post-doc researcher, hopes to fill this data gap with his study, now underway.

TECHNOLOGY and OLDER ADULTS — The ISL Newsletter for May 2021

Bo Xie of the University of Texas at Austin talks to the Institute for Successful Longevity about technology and stereot

2021 ISL Planning Grants support research into causes of muscle loss in older adults

The Institute for Successful Longevity has awarded its 2021 ISL Planning Grants to Bradley Gordon and Michael Delp, for their project to establish the contribution of specific genes to the loss of skeletal muscle in response to disuse, and to Jennifer Steiner and Ravinder Nagpal, for their study of the effects of alcohol use and associated gut microbiome decline on aging-related loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength.

ISL Faculty Affiliate Robb Tomko receives Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

Congratulations to Institute for Successful Longevity Faculty Affiliate Robb Tomko of the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Medicine, who was honored with the Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

ISL Faculty Affiliate Thomas Joiner receives Graduate Faculty Mentor Award

Congratulations to Thomas Joiner, Ph.D., of the Department of Psychology and a Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Successful Longevity, who received a Graduate Faculty Mentor Award from the Graduate School

ISL Faculty Affiliate Aaron Wilber awarded $2.2M NIH grant to study impact of Alzheimer’s disease on sleep-related brain function

Aaron Wilber, a Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Successful Longevity, has been awarded a $2.2-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study sleep-related brain function in Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive disorder that affects memory and behavior in millions of Americans.

Wilber, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, will receive the grant, awarded through the NIH’s National Institute on Aging, over the course of the next five years.

ISL Faculty Affiliate Alice Pomidor contributes to MoneyGeek.com's look at challenges faced by older drivers

When the online publication MoneyGeek.com decided to look at safe driving and older adults, the editors turned to Alice Pomidor, M.D., of the College of Medicine and a Faculty Affiliate of the Institute, as one of the experts MoneyGeek drew upon for guidance and advice.

ISL Director Neil Charness gives keynote address on the promise and limits of technology for successful longevity

Technology’s role in helping adults remain active in their senior years has great promise, but there remain significant limits that must be addressed before widespread adoption and use, Neil Charness, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Successful Longevity, said in the keynote address to the University of Waterloo’s Virtual Conf