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Office of Research on Aging

The Office of Research on Aging was established in 1993 to continue the work of University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis faculty members who studied the characteristics of athletes who competed in the National Senior Olympic Games held in St. Louis in 1987 and 1989.

Their research developed the concept of “competitive health,” a perspective in which seniors express their own good health through comparisons to peers or stereotypes and has since expanded its scope of research to look at the physiological aspects of aging as well as the psychological, social and cultural dimensions of growing older.


Each year, the office conducts a survey of first-year students to elicit their perceptions of seniors and checks again in the year of graduation to see whether students’ views of seniors has changed during their time at the University.

In addition, the office oversees a gerontological research program in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) of Washington University in St. Louis.

Through this program, a selected second-year University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis student develops and submits a dementia-related research project to the ADRC. Once a mentorship with an ADRC researcher is agreed upon, the student works with the ADRC mentor on the project and develops it over the next year.

For more information about the Office of Research on Aging or for updates on the Geriatric Medication Game, visit uhsp.edu/ora.

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