Aging

Healthy Aging Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC)

The Healthy Aging Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) is a federally-funded research and training center, tasked with promoting healthy aging for persons living with a long-term physical disability. More info.

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Disability levels and correlates among older mobile home dwellers, an NHATS analysis

Tala M. Al-Rousan, M.D., Linda M. Rubenstein, Ph.D., Robert B. Wallace, M.D., M.Sc. Disability and Health Journal July 2015 Volume 8, Issue 3, Pages 363–371 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.01.002 Background Although remarkably understudied, manufactured or mobile homes are the housing choice for nearly 20 million Americans and little is known about the health of older persons living in mobile homes. Objective […]

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A wellness program for individuals with disabilities: Using a student wellness coach approach

Hui-Ju Young, Ph.D., Melissa L. Erickson, M.S., Kristen B. Johnson, B.S., R.D., L.D., Mary Ann Johnson, Ph.D., Kevin K. McCully, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal Published July 2015 Volume 8, Issue 3, Pages 345–352 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2014.12.003 Background Individuals with disabilities are at higher risk of health conditions; thus, there is a need to provide hands-on opportunities for pre-healthcare professionals to interact with […]

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Body weight status and onset of functional limitations in U.S. middle-aged and older adults

Ruopeng An, Ph.D., Yuyan Shi, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal Published July 2015, Volume 8, Issue 3, Pages 336–344 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.02.003 Background The sweeping obesity epidemic could further increase the incidence of functional limitations in the U.S. rapidly aging population. Objective To examine the relationship between body weight status and onset of functional limitations in U.S. middle-aged and […]

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Social support, depression, and physical disability: Age and diagnostic group effects

Mark P. Jensen, Ph.D., Amanda E. Smith, B.S., Charles H. Bombardier, Ph.D., Kathryn M. Yorkston, Ph.D., Jordi Miró, Ph.D., Ivan R. Molton, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 7, Issue 2, p164–172 Published online: November 11, 2013 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2013.11.001  Background Social support is an important resource that may benefit individuals aging with physical disabilities, although […]

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Analysis of disability using WHODAS 2.0 among the middle-aged and elderly in Cinco Villas, Spain

Results have, in part, been presented at annual meetings of the National Associations of Epidemiology and Neurology. Almazán-Isla, R.N., B.A., M. Comín-Comín, M.D., Ph.D., J. Damián, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., E. Alcalde-Cabero, B.Sc., M.P.H., C. Ruiz, O.T., E. Franco, O.T., G. Martín, M.D., L.A. Larrosa-Montañés, M.D.e, J. de Pedro-Cuesta, M.D., Ph.D. on behalf of the DISCAP-ARAGON […]

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The effect of Medicare Part D on health care utilization for non-elderly Medicare recipients with disabilities

Richard E. Nelson, Ph.D., Stephen L. Nelson, J.D., Ph.D., Benedikt Huttner, M.D., M.S., Adi Gundlapalli, M.D., Ph.D. Published Online: September 20, 2013 Disability and Health Journal,  January 2014 Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 64–69 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2013.07.003 Background The effect of Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage on non-elderly beneficiaries, most of whom have disabilities, has not been […]

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Physical activity and depression in middle and older-aged adults with multiple sclerosis

The findings reported in this paper were presented at the 2011 5th Joint Triennial Congress of the European and Americas Committees for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Mark P. Jensen, Ph.D., Ivan R. Molton, Ph.D., Kevin J. Gertz, M.P.A., Charles H. Bombardier, Ph.D., Dori E. Rosenberg, Ph.D., M.P.H. Department of Rehabilitation […]

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Quality of diabetes care for adults with physical disabilities in Kansas

Amanda Reichard, Ph.D., Hayley Stolzle, M.P.H., Ana Carolina Sella, Ph.D., Theresa I. Shireman, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 34–40, January 2012 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2011.09.003   Abstract Background Similar to health disparities found among racial and ethnic minority groups, individuals with physical disabilities experience a greater risk for diabetes than those without disabilities. […]

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Unmet need for disability-related health care services and employment status among adults with disabilities in the Massachusetts Medicaid program

Alexis D. Henry, Sc.D., OTR/L, Linda Long-Bellil, Ph.D., J.D., Jianying Zhang, M.D., M.P.H., Jay Himmelstein, M.D., M.P.H. Disability and Health Journal Volume 4, Issue 4, Pages 209–218, October 2011   Abstract Background The employment rate among adults with disabilities is significantly lower than that among adults without disabilities. Ensuring access to rehabilitative and other health care […]

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