CHAI Speaker Series

Spring 2024: “Transportation and Aging: Opportunities and Challenges of Rural Communities”

Part One
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM CST | Free Virtual Webinar

The Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation (CHAI) in partnership with the Center for Transportation Studies, will present an interactive webinar on the topic of transportation and aging, with attention to challenges and opportunities in rural areas. This interactive event will feature a main speaker, Dr. Lisa D’Ambrosio, Research Scientist at MIT AgeLab, and four panelists of diverse professional backgrounds from MN who will share their experiences and recommendations regarding transportation for older adults in rural areas.

This is a public event, all are welcome to join for free.

Our featured speakers:

Dr. Lisa D’Ambrosio is a Research Scientist at the AgeLab. Her research broadly investigates the attitudes and preferences of older adults and those who care for them. She currently leads the CareHive research consortium, while also performing research on the built environment, transportation, personal technology use, and longevity planning. She received her Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

“Community Conversation: Exploring Barriers and Facilitators of Transportation Among Diverse Older Adults”

Part Two
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | 2 – 3 PM CST | Free Virtual Conversation

CHAI Community Partners and members of the Community Advisory Board and Strategic Advisory Council are invited to join a small group conversation with Dr. D’Ambrosio about her research and presentation from that morning.

Please bring your questions we will have time planned for open Q & A.

Jason Karlawish, MD: The Case of the Woman Whose Apartment Nearly Killed Her

Within a day of moving into her new apartment, Mrs. S developed notable forgetfulness. Troubles finding her way from room to room and locating objects became so debilitating and frustrating that she wished to die. The reasons she didn’t die reveal hidden in plain site insights about the powerful role of caregiving to create a coupled system of minds. Her story has notable importance to care and public policy.

Date: October 11, 2023 | 10 – 11:30 AM CST

Zoom Recording

Dr. Karlawish is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Penn Memory Center, where he cares for patients. He researches and writes about issues at the intersections of bioethics, aging and neurosciences.  He is the author of The Problem with Alzheimer’s, How Science, Culture and Politics Turned a Rare Disease Into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It. 

Tracey Gendron, MS, PhD: Addressing Ageism: Key Issues and Need for Action

Dr. Tracey Gendron serves as Chair for the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology, as Director for the Virginia Center on Aging and is the author of the book Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Age Bias and How to End It. With almost 30 years of experience as a grant-funded researcher and nationally recognized speaker, Tracey is dedicated to raising awareness and ending ageism through education. Tracey has a Master’s degree in Gerontology, a Master’s degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology.

Date: Friday, April 21, 2023, 12:00-1:30PM CST

Webinar Recording

Luis D. Medina, PhD: From Neurons to Nations: The Road to Health Equity in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

Luis D. Medina, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston, where he directs the Collaborative on Aging Research and Multicultural Assessment (CARMA).

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 11:00AM-12:30PM CT

Zoom Recording

Panel: “Challenges and Opportunities to Build the Nursing Home Workforce: Reflections on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Report Recommendations”

The Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, in partnership with the Life Course Center, presented an interactive webinar featuring a panel on the topic of the long-term care workforce. This interactive event featured five panelists of diverse professional backgrounds who shared their experiences and reacted to recommendations from the upcoming National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on the long-term care workforce.

Date: April 20, 2022, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM CST

Zoom Recording

Presentation Slides

Beth Prusaczyk, PhD, MSW, “Communicating Beyond the Academy: The Role of Social Media for Researchers”

Dr. Prusaczyk is an Instructor at the Institute for Informatics and in General Medical Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Date: Monday, January 24th, 2022, 2:00-3:30PM CST

Zoom Recording

View Dr. Prusaczyk’s Presentation Slides

Jennifer Manly, PhD, “Structural Determinants of Disparities in Later Life Cognitive Function and Dementia”

Jennifer Manly, PhD is a Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurology at the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center and the Taub Institute for Research in Aging and Alzheimer’s disease at Columbia University.

Date: Monday, November 15th, 2021, 12:15-1:15PM CT

Zoom Recording

Co-Sponsored by the Minnesota Population Center

Roland Thorpe, Ph.D., “Health Equity and Aging: The Past, Present, and Future”

Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society, the Founding Director of the Program for Research on Men’s Health in the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, and Deputy Director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Date: May 3, 2021, 12:00 PM CST

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