The Center of Exercise and Aging (CEA) aims to implement and promote safe and effective physical activity and exercise programs for the elderly. The exercise programs are tailored to meet the needs and capabilities of the individual regardless of age and ability and improve quality of life and health outcomes.
In this endeavor, we involve graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in our department's Kinesiology and Health program, thereby providing a practical experience for our students interested in pursuing a career in exercise-related areas. This complements the Exercise and Aging courses offered by our department.
The CEA is also pursuing exercise-related research to better understand the role of exercise and physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. We focus on the effects of exercise across race, gender, and age spectra. We also seek to define the exercise level for optimum health benefits and the level beyond which exercise becomes detrimental. Our research program is open to young investigators and students interested in research and community services.