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Barbara Resnick

Nursing’s Resnick Assumes GSA Presidency

Barbara Resnick, PhD ’96, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor and Sonia Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), recently began a one-year term as president of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Resnick, who served as president-elect in 2016, has been a member of GSA since 1995.

GSA officers are responsible for overseeing the governance and strategic planning of the organization while representing the society’s four membership sections and its emerging scholar and professional organization. Resnick has previously served as GSA’s health section chair and was on the finance and publication committees.

“Dr. Resnick’s outstanding accomplishments as a researcher and clinician dedicated to ensuring the best possible quality of life for older individuals speak volumes. As a highly regarded scholar and mentor, she has contributed significantly to how we think about the aging process,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Her deep commitment to working across disciplines to improve the science and practice of care for the elderly makes her ideally suited for the role of president of the Gerontological Society of America. We congratulate her on this singular honor and know that the society, and all of us, will benefit from her creative and dynamic leadership, her energy and drive, and her dedication to improving care for older adults.”

Founded in 1945, GSA is a multidisciplinary organization devoted to research and education in all aspects of gerontology, which include medical, biological, psychological, and social. It is the driving force behind the advancement of gerontology, both domestically and internationally.

“I am greatly honored to have been selected to serve as GSA’s president for 2017. Aging is of interest to all, given the increasing number of older adults nationally and internationally, and we are constantly developing innovative and exciting ways to optimize the aging experience in the world around us,” Resnick said. “It’s exciting to guide GSA in carrying out its ultimate mission of advancing the study of aging and disseminating information among scientists, decision-makers, and the general public.”

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 3, 20170 comments
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Erika Friedmann

Do Pets Promote Health in Older Adults?

Erika Friedmann, PhD, professor and associate dean of research, and Barbara Resnick, PhD ’96, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor and Sonia Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), were recently awarded a three-year, $340,000 grant from WALTHAM and Mars Petcare to examine the role of pet ownership in maintaining both physical and mental function in healthy older adults. Through the study, the team will seek to determine if pet ownership is associated with improved maintenance of physical and psychological health-related outcomes in older adults compared to older non-pet owners.

Friedmann, who will serve as principal investigator, is also teaming with National Institute on Aging Intramural Research Program colleagues Eleanor Simonsick, PhD, epidemiologist, Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA), and Stephanie Studenski, MD, MPH, chief, Longitudinal Studies Section Translational Gerontology and director, BLSA, and with Nancy R. Gee, PhD, professor, SUNY Fredonia, and human-animal interaction research manager, WALTHAM.

Barbara Resnick

Barbara Resnick

The researchers will look at extensive longitudinal data collected over the past decade from BLSA and at pet ownership statistics to determine if there is a link between multiple measures of pet ownership and changes in healthy aging over time.

“I am very grateful for the chance to collaborate with BLSA; it is an exceptional opportunity. BLSA provides rich data that we can leverage to address our questions and we can do so in a very cost-effective manner,” Friedmann said. “This grant is instrumental in moving my research and the field of human-animal interaction forward to evaluate the contribution of pets to healthy aging.”

WALTHAM is a leading scientific authority in pet nutrition and well-being and has been advancing the frontiers of research into nutrition and the health of pets for more than 50 years. It contributes to understanding the relationships between pets and their owners and has published studies examining the benefits of human-animal interaction.

Kevin Nash Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University LifeDecember 8, 20160 comments
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