Defeating Urinary Incontinence with Exercise Training (DUET)
Dr. Kristine Talley wants to know if urinary incontinence can be improved in frail community-dwelling older women by strengthening their pelvic floor and improving their mobility. In her recent pilot study, older women who did pelvic floor muscle exercises, twice-weekly strength training classes, and scheduled walking reduced their daily incontinent episodes by fifty percent.
Families and Long-Term Care
Dr. Joseph E. Gaugler’s research examines the sources and effectiveness of long-term care for chronically disabled older adults.: His interests include Alzheimer's disease and long-term care, the long-term impact of family care for disabled adults, and the effectiveness of community-based and psychosocial services for chronically ill adults and their caregiving families.
Underpinning these substantive areas, Dr. Gaugler current research includes:
- Residential Care Transition Module: Improving Outcomes for Family Caregivers and Older Adults With Complex Conditions
- Adult Day Service Plus Program: A Proactive Health Monitoring Intervention for Dementia Caregivers
- eNeighbor: This study examines the efficacy of a remote health monitoring system for people with memory loss.
- Personal Health Record for Persons with Dementia and their Family Caregivers: Testing the feasibility of a free online care coordination tool for family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia (ADRD)
A Community-based Exercise Program to Improve Walking Outcomes in Peripheral Artery Disease: The GAIT Trial
Dr. Ryan J. Mays is creating community-based exercise programs to improve walking ability and quality of life in people with peripheral artery disease. His exercise program uses an innovative approach of detailed training, monitoring, and coaching (TMC) that reflects patients’ perspectives.
Exploring Non-Pharmacological Treatments for Post Stroke Depression
Dr. Hadidi’s research focuses on using problem-solving therapy, to improve cognition and depressive symptoms in older stroke survivors. She uses brain imaging to explore the impact of problem solving therapy on the activation of neural pathways for cognition and depression.
Aerobic Exercise for Older Adults with Alzheimer’s disease
Dr. Fang Yu wants to know if exercise can delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. She has conducted several studies to develop and test a cycling intervention that has shown promising improvements in cognition. Currently, she is conducting a clinical trial to examine the effects of aerobic exercise on cognition and brain structure in community-dwelling older adults with Alzheimer’s disease.
Clinical Teaching in Nursing Homes
Clinical Teaching in Nursing Homes is an interactive web-based resource designed for nursing faculty to create innovative effective clinical experiences for students in nursing homes.
Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis Assessment Tool
Professor Donna Bliss developed a graphical tool that provides color representations of varying severities of incontinence-associated skin damage on different colors of skin. The laminated tool identifies the different regions where damage often occurs and provides detailed images of each severity level. This tool is the only one of its kind to have undergone psychometric testing by nurses.
PAD PRAIRIE Initiative
The University of Minnesota School of Nursing is partnering with Lake Region Healthcare and Otter Tail County Public Health Department in Fergus Falls, Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris, and other rural communities to improve the health and mobility of older adults with peripheral artery disease (PAD) through the PAD PRAIRIE Initiative directed by Professor Diane J. Treat-Jacobson.
- Center for Adolescent Nursing
- Center for Aging Science & Care Innovation
- Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research
- Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs
- Center for Nursing Informatics
- Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership