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overview As a Geriatrician with a Master’s degree in Epidemiology, I have an abiding interest in understanding the role of technology in understanding and managing frailty in older adults. My work targets two areas of technology: wearable sensors and smart voice. I study how accelerometry-based mobility patterns relate to frailty and aging biomarkers and whether these devices can improve our understanding of frailty and enhance the frailty assessment. Through my work, I apply and analyze accelerometry data to assess and trend activity patterns, both as markers of frailty and to inform frailty activity interventions. I use data from the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey as well as longitudinal, primary accelerometry and frailty data I collect in predominantly African-American older adults around the University of Chicago South Shore Senior Center. As a clinician, I established a novel frailty evaluation clinic in 2011, the Successful Aging and Frailty Evaluation™ (SAFE) clinic, in which I assess and manage frailty in all referred patients and support their caregivers. This clinical experience has informed my “in the trenches” perspective on the value of and remaining challenges to frailty measurement in practice. This clinic also serves as a recruitment site for frail adults for many collaborative research projects. My clinical work motivated me to co-develop a new technology-based program called “EngAGE” that leverages smart voice (e.g., Alexa) to deliver long-term mobility and socialization support to older adults while empowering their caregivers, a project that was conducted with a partnership I established with Orbita, Inc.
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Concept Aging
Academic Article Comorbidity and chronic conditions in the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP), Wave 2.
Academic Article Geriatric syndromes and functional status in NSHAP: rationale, measurement, and preliminary findings.
Academic Article Relating wrist accelerometry measures to disability in older adults.
Academic Article Evaluation of a Brief Survey Instrument for Assessing Subtle Differences in Cognitive Function Among Older Adults.
Academic Article Social capital predicts accelerometry-measured physical activity among older adults in the U.S.: a cross-sectional study in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project.
Academic Article Translating Frailty Research Into Clinical Practice: Insights From the Successful Aging and Frailty Evaluation Clinic.
Academic Article Cognitive limitations in older adults receiving care reduces well-being among spouse caregivers.
Academic Article Association of Loneliness With Falls: A Study of Older US Adults Using the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project.
Award or Honor Receipt Biological Sciences Division Distinguished Leader in Program Innovation for the Successful Aging and
Award or Honor Receipt Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging Associate
Grant Early Frailty Biomarkers: Patterns of Activity and Energy Expenditure
Academic Article Reexamining the Classification of Older Adults With Diabetes by Comorbidities and Exploring Relationships With Frailty, Disability, and 5-year Mortality.
Academic Article Exploring Shared Effects of Multisensory Impairment, Physical Dysfunction, and Cognitive Impairment on Physical Activity: An Observational Study in a National Sample.
Academic Article 2015-2016 Normative Data for the 3-m Usual Walk, Five Repeated Chair Stands, and Static Balance Components of the SPPB Among U.S. Older Adults Across Two Nationally Representative Data Sets: NSHAP and NHATS.
Academic Article Free-living wrist and hip accelerometry forecast cognitive decline among older adults without dementia over 1- or 5-years in two distinct observational cohorts.
Concept Healthy Aging
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