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Rhoads Research Lecture and Awards Ceremony: Living Well: Interdisciplinary Research at the Intersection of Nutrition and Aging (SU10)

Sunday, April 23 • 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM PT

In Person Session Virtual Session

We are living in a super aging society due to the unprecedented demographics shifts in the USA and internationally. Living Well as we age includes preventing and managing chronic conditions, enhancing active and purposeful living, and enabling aging in place. A team science approach is critically important to conduct Living Well research. This presentation will highlight the role of social and environmental determinants of health, functional status, symptom management and technology accessibility when designing interdisciplinary research studies at the intersection of nutrition and aging. Implications for practice will be discussed.

Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, RN, FASPEN, FAAN, FGSA is the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) at Drexel University. She holds courtesy appointments in the Nutrition Science Department and School of Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University. She is a geriatric nurse scientist and her continuously funded interprofessional program of research focuses on integrating nutrition and novel technologies to improve health outcomes and quality of life for older adults with acute (e.g., cardiac surgery) and chronic (e.g., heart failure, chronic wounds, dementia) conditions across the care continuum. Recognizing the need to improve the measurement of nutritional intake, Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili led a team of engineers on the research and development of a patented wireless device to track and monitor fluid intake. Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili serves as the principal investigator of the Cell2Society Aging Research Network (Cell2Society), a Drexel Area of Research Excellence (DARE) initiative, where she leads an interprofessional team of over 30 faculty across ten colleges at Drexel University to create a novel ecosystem for the pursuit of use-inspired aging research. As part of the administrative core for CNHP’s AgeWell Collaboratory she participates in developing evidence-based programs, science, policy and educational offerings to facilitate healthy aging. Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili recently developed a white paper with AARP-PA on “Disrupting Disparities in Pennsylvania: Retooling for Geographic, Racial and Ethnic Growth”. 

Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili received her BSN and MSN from Hunter College, City University of New York, her PhD from New York University, and completed her post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania. She recently completed a certificate in executive leadership and management from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Summarize the demographic trends in the USA and internationally
  2. Examine the role of nutrition on Living Well as we age
  3. Identify ways to incorporate measures of social and environmental determinants of health, functional status, symptom management and technology accessibility into research studies 
PRESENTER

Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, RN, FASPEN, FAAN, FGSA, Professor of Nursing; Senior Associate Dean for Research, College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP), Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 

CE Credit: 1 hour 
Level: Advanced 
UAN: JA0002345-0000-23-083-L99-P

Rose Ann DiMaria
Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, RN, FASPEN, FAAN, FGSA



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