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The Pepper Center at UTMB:
Continuously Funded Since 2000

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The UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) is the home of a diverse multidisciplinary team of investigators with complementary research interests. The Center supports investigators, research, and expertise in gerontology to accomplish the OAIC mission: To Improve Physical Function and Independence in Older Adults.

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Productivity Metrics

  • Publications (2000-2022): over 740
  • Scholars Trained (2000-2022): 33
  • External projects currently supported: 33

Contact Us

University of Texas Medical Branch
Sealy Center on Aging (SCoA)
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-0177
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Phone: (409) 747-0008

Featured News

  • COVID-19 And Mental Health Outcomes Of Older Adults: Evidence From Mexico

    December 5, 2023, 14:21 PM by SCOA
    A new study by an international consortium of investigators with researchers in aging at UTMB has been highlighted in a special issue of Health Affairs about global lessons from COVID-19. Access the article and a video by Dr. Wong, "COVID-19 And Mental Health Outcomes Of Older Adults: Evidence From Mexico".
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  • New Community Connection Newsletter

    November 20, 2023, 10:17 AM by SCOA
    Read the latest issue of the Sealy Center on Aging Community Connection Newsletter, including a research support highlight featuring Roxy Hirst and Shawn Goodlett who are celebrating 25 years of service, other research news, information about volunteering in the community, participating in aging research, current clinical trials, and more.
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    Social and Leisure Activities May Play a Protective Role in Cognitive Aging of Older Mexican Adults

    November 20, 2023, 08:00 AM by SCOA
    A new study by researchers including Michael Robertson, Brian Downer, Paul Schulz, Rafael Samper-Ternent, Elizabeth Lyons , and Sadaf Arefi Milani looks at social and leisure activities in older Mexican adults. The findings suggest that popular social and leisure activities may play a protective role in cognitive aging, potentially influencing the development of enjoyable and effective health interventions.
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    Participants in Dementia Care Study Celebrated

    November 16, 2023, 14:23 PM by SCOA
    An event was held to honor participants in the recently concluded Dementia Care Study, Supporting Individuals and Caregivers (D-CARE). Dr. Volpi, study support staff, providers, and patient volunteers gathered at Open Gates in Galveston for a luncheon in honor of participants.
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  • Elizabeth Lyons, PhD, MPH

    To Get a Better Workout, Play Like a Kid

    November 14, 2023, 12:45 PM by SCOA
    “Adding an attitude of play is about trying to make things more interesting and meaningful," UTMB’s Dr. Elizabeth Lyons told AARP for an article on embracing a playful attitude toward exercise. "It can involve discovery, exploration, and spontaneity. There’s something unique about play that brings autonomy—you want to do it for its own sake.”
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301 University Blvd. Galveston, TX 77555-0177 | p 409.747.0008 | f 409.772.8931
The Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center Award #P30-AG024832 is funded by
the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.