Erie County is home to many colleges and universities that engage in a multitude of intellectual community events and progressive research initiatives. Collaborative research efforts on aging, and engagement of older adults in these scholarly communities promotes reciprocal learning opportunities across generations.
University Express - You can enroll in FREE courses now!
These are free one hour courses in a variety of topics such as current events, history, and science. Classes are designed to provide older adults with opportunities for intellectual stimulation, learning, and discussion in accessible settings. No homework and no tests, just exciting discussions on academic topics alongside peers with similar interests.
University Express is very grateful to the Department of Senior Services, host sites and sponsors for their support.
Sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY, Excelsior Orthopedics, Wegmans
Fall 2017 Host Sites: Amherst Senior Center, Baptist Manor, Canterbury Woods, Cheektowaga Senior Center, Clarence Senior Center, Grand Island Golden Age Center, Hamburg Senior Community Center, Ken-Ton Presbyterian Village, Orchard Park Senior Center, Springville Concord Elder Network, Town of Tonawanda Senior Center, Wegmans Cooking School.
University at Buffalo Research on Aging
The UB Center for Successful Aging advances transdisciplinary knowledge about aging through community-responsive research. The Center will facilitate the translation of research quickly into local and regional policy and practice to make Buffalo and Western New York the best place to age for all its residents.
Aging and Technology Research Center
Department of Rehabilitation Science
The Aging and Technology Research Center is dedicated to promoting health and independent living among older adults and their caregivers. The center researches technological solutions to problems associated with aging. In order to prevent falls at home, the Occupational Therapy Geriatric Group created the Home Safety Self-Assessment Tool (HSSAT).
Tomita, M. R., Langan, J., Persons, K., Wilber, M., & Naughton, B. J. (2016). Effects of Buffalo Home-Based Functional Exercise in Community-Dwelling Older Adults with Medium to High Fall Risks-A Proof of Concept. International Journal of Health Sciences and Research (IJHSR), 6(5), 146-156.
Tomita, M. R., Saharan, S., Rajendran, S., Nochajski, S. M., & Schweitzer, J. A. (2014). Psychometrics of the Home Safety Self-Assessment Tool (HSSAT) to prevent falls in community-dwelling older adults. American journal of occupational therapy, 68(6), 711-718.
Institute on Innovative Aging Policy and Practice (IIAPP)
Buffalo Center for Social Research
The IIAPP promotes aging-related research, scholarship, learning and service concerning care for older persons, particularly those most vulnerable and oppressed. IIAPP is housed within the Buffalo Center for Social Research and is dedicated to the health, well-being and independence of older adults.
Bakk, L. (2015). Racial/ethnic differences in cost-related nonadherence and Medicare Part D: a longitudinal comparison. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 26(4), 1132-1148.
Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA)
School of Architecture and Planning
Universal design is a process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). The IDeA Center is dedicated to making environments and products more usable, safer and healthier in response to the needs of an increasingly diverse population like people with disabilities and the older generation.
In the Research
Dong, XinQi, et al. "Sustaining Community-University Partnerships: Lessons learned from a participatory research project with elderly Chinese." Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement 4 (2011): 31-47.