Life Course Development

Current Projects

Leveraging social networks: a novel physical activity intervention for senior housing

Leveraging social networks: a novel physical activity intervention for senior housing (2020-2024; Principal Investigator): This Career Development Award (K01) funded by the National Institute on Aging aims to develop and test a social network-based physical activity intervention designed for affordable (HUD subsidized) senior housing communities. This project includes career development activities and conducting of a pilot feasibility study, as a first step in developing a novel low-cost intervention that will work with naturally occurring social resources to increase physical activity in lower income communities and reduce health disparities.

Housing context and functional health among lower income older adults: The mediating role of social resources

Housing context and functional health among lower income older adults: The mediating role of social resources (2019-2020; Principal Investigator): This pilot project funded by the Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging, a National Institute on Aging funded center aims to: 1) Determine if the social resources available to lower income older adults vary by housing context; 2) Investigate if there is an association between housing context and functional health among lower income older adults; and 3) Determine if social resources mediate the link between housing context and functional health.

Developing Sustainability Indicators for the Great Lakes

This project funded by the Erb Family Foundation aims to identify, develop, and refine social and economic indicators to facilitate a more complete understanding and demonstration of the value of the Great Lakes. Data from these indicators will help determine actions needed to ensure sustainable growth, and monitor progress toward achieving true swimmable, drinkable, and fishable Great Lakes and tributaries.

Take a Hike! Aging, walkability and physical function in Flint's older adults

 This project funded by the University of Michigan’s MCubed program examines how physical mobility, balance self-efficacy, and cognition are related to physical activity, neighborhood walkability, and engagement in life space among urban dwelling older adults who reside in and around Flint, MI.

The Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD)

The Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD) is the collaborative effort between University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University. The Center is based on the campuses of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. MCCFAD is one of the Alzheimer’s disease-focused Centers coordinated by the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR) and it is funded by the National Institute on Aging.

Our research, training and community-based activities are implemented through four interacting components: the Administrative Core, the Research and Educational Core, the Analytic Core, and the Community Liaison and Recruitment Core.

The MCCFAD is funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) grant P30AG059300.

Website: https://mccfad.isr.umich.edu/