Carnegie Mellon receives million NIH grant to study healthy aging

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a five-year, $3 million grant to Carnegie Mellon University’s David Creswell to study how stress management training can boost healthy aging among lonely older adults. With the U.S. population growing older and lonely older adults — aged 55 and over — outpacing other population segments, this funding comes at a critical time. Loneliness is a major risk factor for a variety of health problems in older adults, such as depression, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and death. Creswell, associate professor of psychology in CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, blends health psychology and neuroscience to investigate the mechanisms and pathways for stress resilience, and in the process has helped to define the new field of health neuroscience. His work utilizes stress management…


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