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University at Buffalo: Projects Funded by Center for Successful Aging Aim to Improve Lives of Senior Citizens

The Center for Successful Aging (CSA) has awarded its first round of research funding for projects aimed at improving the lives of senior citizens.

The funded projects were selected from proposals required to address an important issue facing older adults through interdisciplinary research and a close connection with a community partner.

A Novel Method to Measure Muscle Mass in a Community Sample of Postmenopausal Women in Western New York

Sarcopenia, also known as frailty, is widespread, but the ability to measure its characteristics — low muscle mass, low muscle strength and low physical performance — has been difficult. The goal of this project is to demonstrate the feasibility, with participants from the Women’s Health Initiative, of a novel and recently developed method of measuring muscle mass called creatine dilution. The new method involves taking a single oral dose of a substance that later, through a simple urine test, can provide a reliable measure of an individual’s skeletal muscle mass.

Researchers are Dr. Hailey R. Banack; Dr. Heather Ochs-Balcom; Dr. Jean Wactawski-Wende; Dr. Machiko Tomita, all from the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP); and Dr. Matthew Mann, of Excelsior Orthopaedics.

The Effects of Voice-Command Technology on Loneliness and Depression Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults with Driving Cessation

This project will test the usability and effectiveness of the use of voice-command devices to combat life loneliness and depression among adults who belong to Hearts and Hands, a not-for-profit volunteer organization in Western New York.

Faculty are Dr. Machiko R. Tomita, SPHHP; Dr. Wenyao Xu, UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Ms. Kathleen Oczek, of Hearts and Hands.

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