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National aging symposium features MUSC researcher

by Mary Helen Yarborough
Public Relations
A key national conference sponsored by the Gerontonological Society of America (GSA) Nov. 21-25 in National Harbor, Md., will feature MUSC’s Elaine J. Amella, Ph.D., R.N., associate dean for research & evaluation for the College of Nursing.
Amella will present, “Mealtimes and Malnutrition: an Examination of Models, Meaning, Measurement, Methods and Decision-making in Serious Illness and at End-of-Life.”
Amella, a GSA fellow, and CON doctoral candidate Julius Kehinde, R.N., will participate in the GSA conference, Resilience in an Aging Society: Risk and Opportunities.
“This is the largest interdisciplinary national gerontological research meeting (held each year),” Amella said. “I encouraged Julius to apply as I believed he not only met the criteria, but would benefit greatly from sharing his expertise with this next generation of aging researchers.”
Amella’s panel will consist of post-doctoral students at the University of Pennsylvania, one of whom she is co-mentoring; and a colleague from the United Kingdom, Roger Watson, Ph.D., R.N., professor at the University of Sheffield.
“I will be reporting the results of research using a train-the-trainer model to disseminate an intervention for caregivers of persons with late-stage dementia living at home,” Amella said.
Her co-authors are Ruth Stockdell, a CON instructor and doctoral candidate; and Sarah Laditka, Ph.D., from UNC-Charlotte. This research is being funded by the South Carolina Nutrition Research Consortium. The GSA public policy committee, of which Amella is a member, also will be addressing issues around Medicare, and is sponsoring a session on the late Robert M. Ball, a staunch advocate for Social Security.
Amella also attended the full National Institutes on Aging Summer Research Workshop. Attendance at the workshop is limited to 35 people.
More on the conference can be found at

Nov. 14, 2008

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