NEW! Aging, the Central Nervous System, and Mobility in Older Adults
Evidence on changes in the central nervous system control of movement across the life span and in aging
Monday, November 12 to Wednesday, November 14 | Fee: $175
Sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and The Gerontological Society of America, this workshop is entitled “Evidence on changes in the central nervous system control of movement across the life span and in aging.” This state-of-the-art workshop offers investigators an opportunity to learn about cutting edge research developments, participate in the creation of recommendations for future research and to network with colleagues and leaders in the field.
The goal of this workshop is to clarify the biological rationale underlying the association between the CNS and mobility. The heterogeneity of physical limitations in older adults remain largely unexplained, even after accounting for peripheral nervous system, musculoskeletal, and cardiorespiratory systems measures. Presenters will review studies indicating that this variance may at least in part result from different degrees of brain plasticity that buffer the disabling potential of other systems’ impairment. This differential for brain compensation may explain not only why the relationship of exposure to risk factors or to neuromuscular impairment with disability is highly variable but also why the response to rehabilitative intervention is quite different from individual to individual. Because inquiry into these phenomena has been accumulating within disciplines that have not traditionally interacted, this workshop seeks to bring together experts in the fields of gerontology, movement science, neurology, and epidemiology from both basic and clinical perspectives to share insights, promote opportunities related to aging, and develop a common framework for future research.