March 18, 2008
Mary Ball, associate professor, has been selected as a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. The GSA is the nation’s foremost scholarly association devoted to research on aging.
Dr. Ball has recently been awarded a million dollar research grant from the National Institute on Aging to study social relationships among residents in assisted living (AL) facilities. These relationships have profound effects on physical and mental well-being throughout the life course and into later life. They influence life satisfaction, one’s sense of self-worth, and quality of life, particularly in long term care settings.
The findings from this study will form the basis of an intervention that will enhance these relationships and ultimately residents’ quality of life.