Minnesota Nursing magazine

Why do some people live longer?

Center members are collaborating with international partners to improve the health of older adults globally. Associate Professor Fang Yu, PhD, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN, in collaboration with Zhaoyong Huang, director of the Institute of Nutrition and School Health, Guangxi Center of Disease Prevention and Control, launched a longevity research project to study the health of older adults living in China. Funded by the University of Minnesota Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, this epidemiological study will examine factors such as diet, cognition, physical function, chronic disease and biomarkers that are associated with longevity and functional independence among those who are 100 years old or older.

Guangxi Province in China is recognized as one of the top five longevity areas in the world. Among the 76 longevity towns in China, 25 are located in Guangxi. Since 1992, Guangxi has had the largest centenarian population among all Chinese provinces with 2,977 centenarians. This study will recruit 240 centenarians and 80 adults aged 60-80 years to serve as controls. Data will be collected using the well-established PINE study instruments. PINE was a longitudinal study of Chinese in Chicago (PI: Xinqi Dong). Yu was a mentee of the PINE study and currently serves as a PINE study mentor. In December 2016, Yu and her colleagues visited several centenarians to pilot test the data collection instruments in Donglan with the field teams. This study is expected to provide evidence of why some people age more successfully and live longer lives.

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A centenarian with a field agent in Guangxi.

Center for Aging Science and Care Innovation

Jean Wyman

Center Director: 
Jean Wyman, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FAAN, FGSA

Mission: 
To develop and test innovative interventions that help individuals and families create optimal
pathways to health.

For more information:
Jean Wyman, professor
Phone: 612-626-9443
Email: chtr@umn.edu
nursing.umn.edu/centers/center-aging-science-care-innovation