Past Research Seminars

Seminar 4 | Matt Heath, PhD

An exercise boost to brain health and cognition

This talk outlines how a chronic exercise program benefits executive function in older adults at risk for cognitive decline and will examine the exercise durations, intensities and mechanisms that contribute to improved executive function. The ultimate goal for this talk is to more fully promote the link between exercise and brain health.

Seminar 3 | Anna Garnett, PhD

Social participation and isolation in older adults and their caregivers

Engagement in regular activity is an important determinant of health and well-being as people age. Functional fitness measures such as cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength, agility, balance and flexibility are frequently used to determine an individuals’ physical fitness. However, we have chosen to understand how social activity, or a lack thereof, affects the well-being of older adults.


Seminar 2 | Anita Christie, PhD & Michael Marsala, PhD Student

Sex differences in functional fitness in older adults.

Understanding sex differences in older adults and how they respond differently to exercise stimuli can be an important factor in designing exercise programs. This talk discusses the importance of functional fitness and presents a time and sex analysis of a minimum of 5 years of functional fitness assessments in older adults.


Seminar 1 | Charles Rice, PhD

Structural and functional changes in human skeletal muscles with adult aging.

A striking change in old age is loss of muscle mass that leads to diminished strength and functional capacity. Age-related changes in the peripheral motor nervous system is a contributor to a decline in skeletal muscle quantity and quality. There is some evidence that ‘life-long’ exercise can attenuate these peripheral neural changes.