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Aging and Health

Women’s Health and Aging Study I (WHAS I)

Initiated in 1991, WHAS I was a prospective, observational study of 1,002 women ages 65 and older representing the one-third most disabled older women living in the community.

The study primarily investigated the causes and course of physical disability. In addition, WHAS I assessed the role of health care utilization, community and informal services in modifying the course and severity of disability, and developed methodologies to identify subsets of disabled women at highest risk of progression of disability. Thereby, it determined opportunities for secondary and tertiary prevention of disability.

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In the News

Dr. Jeremy Walston selected as receipient of 2013 Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging

Dr. Roth and colleagues used data from the REGARDS study to show that providing care to a family member with a chronic illness or disability may be associated with modest survival benefit for the caregivers.
Dr. Yasar featured in an article on certain blood pressure medications and the reduced risk of dementia.

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CAPABLE Program created by Dr. Sarah Szanton helps low-income, elderly Baltimore city residents stay in their homes, and reduces health care costs in the process.

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