Healthy Aging Experts

Susan Altfeld

Expert on: transitional care.

Susan Altfeld is an expert on transitional care and care coordination for older adults and others with complex health care and social needs.  Her research guided the development of the Bridge Model and demonstrated the importance of comprehensive psychosocial assessment in identifying needs and resources following discharge after hospitalization.  She found post-discharge follow-up can be critical; needs for care were often identified only after hospital discharge.

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Susan Hughes

Expert on: design and testing of evidence-based health promotion programs, dissemination/translation research, use of imaging to assess impact of physical activity on brain health.

Dr. Susan Hughes is an expert on the design and testing of evidence based health promotion programs for older adults.  She directs the Center for Research on Health and Aging and is PI of the NIH Roybal Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion. She has helped to disseminate several health promotion programs into practice in many states in the U.S. and abroad. She also currently directs an NIH supplement that is examining the impact of physical activity on cognition and brain function using f/MRI imaging.

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Uchechi Mitchell

Expert on:  racial health inequities, minority aging, stress and resilience, biomarkers, psychosocial factors, disparities in technology use.

Uchechi Mitchell focuses on racial/ethnic disparities in the health and wellbeing of older adults. She uses data from large, national surveys to identify the pathways leading to disparities in psychosocial outcomes (e.g., hopelessness) and biomarkers of physiological functioning (e.g., allostatic load, inflammation). Her research highlights the role of stress, social support and coping in maintaining health and important health resources, like consumer technology.

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Naoko Muramatsu

Expert on:  home and community-based services, social gerontology, aging and technology.

Naoko Muramatsu is an expert on home and community-based services, caregiving, and aging workforce. She is passionate about improving the well-being of aging populations and the quality of long-term care systems. Her research focuses on understanding how place impacts aging, health, work, and caregiving experiences of diverse populations nationally and globally. Her current research develops cost-effective, sustainable community-based health promotion programs in partnership with older adults, caregivers, community-based organizations, and multidisciplinary research teams.

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