What’s Hot in Aging Research at USC: The Digital Aging Revolution

The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology will be hosting their fifth annual interdisciplinary symposium, “What’s Hot in Aging Research at USC?” on April 23, 2014. USC is at the forefront of aging research incorporating the advances in technology to create a better future for our aging population. Join us as USC’s academic experts give you an in-depth look into the technological innovations that have been developed with research from the USC campus, as well as our technology partners, to provide better service to older adults.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014
8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.

RSVP Deadline: April 21, 2014
Please RSVP at www.usc.edu/esvp (code: aging)

Continuing Education Credit (4.5 hours) approved for MFT and LCSWs
NHAP — continuing education credit (4.5 hours)
Registration Fee: $25 (includes lunch and parking)

Contact Information:
Phone: 213-740-5156
Email: gerevent@usc.edu

USC Davis School of Gerontology Auditorium
University of Southern California
Andrus Gerontology Center
3715 McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191

Program Schedule

8:30AM -9:00AM
Coffee and Registration

9:00AM – 9:15AM
Welcome Dean Pinchas Cohen, M.D.

9:15AM – 11:15AM
What’s Available and how it can work for you:

Rigo Saborio and Andres Gonzalez - “ctrl/alt/space/delete” SBSS “TechLAB” Strategies…to eliminate the digital divide for older adults
Sheryl Flynn - It’s All About Balance: Science and Entertainment to Support Healthy Aging
Michael Gilewski - Digital Applications for Clinical Rehabilitation
Carolee Winstein – Remote Monitoring of Rehabilitation After Total Knee Replacement: The StepRite System

11:15AM – 11:30AM

11:30AM -12:30PM 
Panel Discussion: How to Assess What’s Available:

Peter Lancellotti - Website Design for Older Users
Cary Kreutzer - Seniors Making Informed Nutrition Decisions with 42,686 Choices
Elizabeth Zelinski - Brain Train or Money Drain?

12:30PM – 1:45PM 
Lunch & Demonstrations of Presented Technologies

1:45PM – 4:15PM
Stay Tuned: What’s Under Construction

Heather Wipfli - The USC-World Health Organization Collaboration on E-health
Stacey Schepens Niemiec & Harshvardhan Vathsangam - Ambulatory Monitoring and Wearable Sensors: Application to Older Adult Health
Rachel Proffitt - Virtual Reality and Video Games to Support Healthy Aging
Bill Ford & TBA – Adapting SimCoach to be an Impaired Older Adults’ Virtual Companion (and Caregiver Support)
Kate Wilber, Marti DeLiema, & Allyson Young - GEAR-Up: A New App to Inform People about Elder Abuse
Morgan Levine – The Longevity Calculator

4:15PM – 4:30PM
Closing Remarks
Elizabeth Zelinski



Speaker Bios


Dean Pinchas Cohen, M.D.
Dean, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
Executive Director, Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center
William and Sylvia Kugel Dean’s Chair in Gerontology



Rigo SaborioRigo Saborio, MSG
President & CEO, St. Barnabas Senior Services
Rigo is a Gerontologist who has over 20 years of experience in the field of aging with an emphasis on advocacy, diversity outreach, administration and direct service.



Andres Gonzalez

Andres Gonzalez
Director of Wellness and Longevity, St. Barnabas Senior Services
Mr. Gonzalez manages a diverse curriculum of programs at St. Barnabas Senior Services that enhance the health and well being of seniors: physically, mentally and emotionally.
He is a certified instructor in following Evidence Based Programs: UCLA Memory Program, Diabetes Self-Management, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, HomeMeds, and is a Master Trainer in A Matter of Balance.



Sheryl Flynn, PT, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO of Blue Marble Game Company 
Adjunct Professor at USC Davis School of Gerontology
Academic discipline: Neuroscience, Gerontology, and Physical Therapy.
Research Interests: Design and Development of Interactive and Entertaining Digital tools for assessment and training of ecologically valid human performance metrics.


Michael GilewskiMichael Gilewski, Ph.D., ABPP (Cl, Rp)
Associate Professor of Psychology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitaton, Loma Linda University
Research interests: Cognition and lower brain functions (i.e., self-regulation mechanisms, pain modulation, balance, sensory integration)
Specific interest with technology and rehabilitative uses of technology for cognitive rehabilitation, biofeedback, and neurofeedback.

Carolee Winstein

Carolee Winstein Ph.D., PT, FAPTA
USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
Director of the Motor Behavior and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory
Dr. Winstein is a Movement Scientist, Psychologist and Physical Therapist.
Her teaching and research are focused in the areas of motor control and learning with particular emphases on movement disorders, recovery and rehabilitation of function/motor learning after neurological insult.



Peter Lancellotti
President and CEO of Seniors Helping Seniors of West L.A.
Project Specialist, Center for Digital Aging, USC Davis School of Gerontology
Mr. Lancellotti is a Marketing Specialist in the fields of home care and gerontechnology.
He works in corporate, clinical, and market research to bring practical applications for healthier aging to older adults and caregivers.

CKreutzerCary Kreutzer, EdD MPH, RD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Gerontology, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology & USC Keck School of Medicine
Dr. Kreutzer is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Her areas of expertise include developmental disabilities and chronic illnesses, nutrition education, nutrition and health literacy, health systems and health care access.
In the USC Davis School of Gerontology she is leading the start-up of a Distance Master’s Degree Coordinated Program in Nutrition, Healthspan and Longevity (NHL), seeking accreditation from the academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Elizabeth M. Zelinski, PhD
Rita and Edward Polusky Chair in Education and Aging
Director, USC Davis School Center for Digital Aging
USC Davis School of Gerontology
Dr. Zelinski is a cognitive psychologist.
She studies the sources of cognitive changes in healthy older adults and inways to remediate decline, including computerized cognitive training programs.


Heather Wipfli

Heather Wipfli, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and International Relations
Associate Director, USC Institute for Global Health
Dr. Wipfli is political scientist and public health expert.
She studies how health is governed globally and the use of mobile technology to control and prevent non-communicable diseases in diverse countries.


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Stacey Schepens Niemiec Ph.D., OTR/L
Research Assistant Professor
USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Dr. Schepens Niemiec is an Occupational Therapist and Instructional Technologist.
She Studies interrelationships between activity, mobilitiy, and chronic conditions in older adults. She is especially interested in using interactive technology and ambulatory methods to improve health in this population.


http://www.facebook.com/photographybymaheshHarsh Vathsangam, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Computer Science, Viterbi School of Engineering
Dr. Vathsangam is interested in sensing and interaction for health and chronic disease management, theory and applications of statistical machine learning for health care.


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Rachel Proffitt, OTD, OTR/L
Postdoctoral Fellow
Division of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Institute for Creative Technologies
Dr. Proffitt is an occupational therapist.
Dr. Proffitt investigates the use and effectiveness of virtual reality technologies for neurological rehabilitation in clinic, home and community settings.


Bill Ford, is a prototype for SimCoach
He is USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies’ first web based interactive virtual human. SimCoaches are web-based virtual humans designed to assist service members, veterans and their family members in breaking down barriers to getting mental health support and in making better use of myriad services that are available to them.



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Kate Wilber, Ph.D.
Mary Pickford Foundation Professor of Gerontology, USC Davis School of Gerontology
Professor of Health Services Administration
Kate’s background and training is in policy and management.
Her research focuses on health and economic security in aging including preventing and addressing elder abuse.


Morgan Levine

Morgan Levine, Ph.D. (NIA Postdoctoral Fellow)
Academic Disciplines: Gerontology/Molecular Epidemiology
Research Interests: Developing health assessment and predictive measure apps to help people understand their personal aging process and how they can improve their health.

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