The Center on Aging strives to promote and conduct applied research on issues of aging with particular emphasis on the social, economic, psychological and environmental factors that may improve the quality of life for older adults.
The following are specific research emphases of the faculty and staff in the Center on Aging. If you are interested in an area of research not listed below, we may be able to help connect you with gerontology faculty who are in other departments/colleges on campus.
Sexuality and Aging
We focus on the biopsychosocial aspects of sexuality in later life. This includes sexual health and risk for community-dwelling older adults, the impact of ageism on sexual well-being, sexual expression in long-term care settings, and sexual consent capacity for older adults with cognitive impairment. To contact us about student participation or potential research collaboration, please e-mail Maggie Syme.
Long-term Care and the PEAK 2.0 project
A longstanding strength at the Center on Aging is our focus on quality care and quality of life for residents in long-term care settings. We emphasize resident-centered research, as evidenced by our PEAK 2.0 project where we implement and evaluate a statewide program to improve resident-centered care for nursing home residents in Kansas. We have several ongoing projects related to resident-centered care, and we specialize in qualitative analysis. To contact us about student participation or potential research collaboration, please e-mail Laci Cornelison or Gayle Doll.