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Hopkins Launches the Human Aging Project

February 1, 2021 by Jeremy David Walston, MD, Raymond and Anna Lublin Professor of Geriatric Medicine& Gerontology

Improving the health span and life trajectory of older adults

This story first appeared in the Planning Matters Winter 2021 Issue.

Portrait of Jeremy Walston
Dr. Walston’s research focuses on healthy aging and resiliency. He helped to define the most commonly used frailty measurement in older adults and now plays a leading role in the Johns Hopkins Human Aging Project.

Thanks to the generosity of several donors, we have recently launched the Human Aging Project (HAP), an organizational effort that aims to improve the health span and life trajectory of older adults. Based in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, HAP uniquely bridges biological, engineering, and social approaches to facilitate the development of new clinical practices and behavioral patterns.

Although plans for HAP were underway long before the coronavirus hit, the pandemic has underscored the need to improve the health care for the most vulnerable subset of older adults. Indeed, it has also highlighted the frailty and resiliency-focused research that we have done for many years, including studying how illness and other stressors in older adults can drive frailty and functional and cognitive decline.

By now, most have heard about the importance of masks and physical distancing in protecting us against COVID-19 and the acceleration of frailty and other conditions. Older adults often want to know what measures we can take daily to fight frailty if faced with another stressor, whether it’s pneumonia or surgery.

For more information, please contact Anne Kennan at the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, at 410-550-9890 or akennan1@jhmi.edu.

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