The Wellness Center partners with the Department of Kinesiology at Towson University to provide members with access to evidenced based programming and innovative research. Participation in ongoing research studies is optional. Many members appreciate the free assessments associated with research projects others find it rewarding to support the advancements in the science of wellness.

Longitudinal Aging Study at Towson (LAST)

Nicolas D. Knuth, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology
Devon Dobrosielski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology

There has been a recent shift in gerontological care from improving lifespan, towards improving health span, which is the total number of years a person remains in excellent physiological health. Moderate levels of physical activity in the elderly can reduce and prevent the incidence of chronic health conditions, and theoretically lead to increased health span, or healthy aging. Despite this knowledge, recent data shows that older adults with multiple conditions engage in less physical activity and more sedentary behavior than their age-matched counterparts. There is a need for the promotion and evaluation of physical activity in relation to healthy aging in older adults, especially those with multiple conditions.

The goal of the Longitudinal Aging Study at Towson (LAST) is to follow individuals who are attempting to become “healthy agers” by engaging in physical activity at the Wellness Center. Wellness Center members who choose to participate in LAST will be followed over time to assess the trajectory of their functional status and to evaluate the impact of their physical activity on aging. To accomplish this goal, participants will complete a battery of questionnaires and tests at yearly intervals that are used to define their current state of health, physical activity and functional status (e.g. short physical performance battery test, grip strength, 400 meter walk test, 5-min treadmill test, resting metabolic rate, body composition, and blood flow).

For more information please contact the LAST STUDY at 410-704-3630.