Aging & Geriatrics

“Our ‘living laboratory’ produces practical findings that are helping seniors delay dementia and other debilitating conditions.”

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH
Vice President for Research, Kaiser Permanente Washington
Executive Director, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Research overview

The world’s population is aging, and many U.S. baby boomers are entering their golden years. So it’s only fitting that much research at Kaiser Permanente Washington contributes to helping seniors to lead healthier lives.

“Research on aging cuts across virtually everything our Institute does,” said Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, the senior investigator who serves as executive director of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) and Kaiser Permanente Washington vice president for research. This includes studies of older women’s health, mental health issues in the elderly, and controlling cancers and chronic illnesses that become more common with age. The widely cited Chronic Care Model, developed at KPWHRI’s MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation, is now the leading care-design model for everyone, including older people, with chronic disease.

The Institute also hosts several long-running cohort studies, including the Seattle Longitudinal Study, begun in the early 1950s, and the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study, a collaboration with the University of Washington.  For more than 20 years, ACT researchers, led by Dr. Larson, have focused on finding ways to delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias, and cognitive decline. Through ACT and related studies, the Institute has discovered clues to healthy aging that translate into guidance for safely staying active and avoiding cardiovascular risks. More recently, ACT researchers have also been contributing to research on traumatic brain injury and on the genetic foundations of various diseases, including Alzheimer’s.

In addition, the Institute’s drug safety research contributes to better understanding of how certain common medications affect seniors’ well-being. Meanwhile, our investigators are also seeking ways to help seniors stay physically active, avoid unnecessary hospitalizations, and receive late-life care that best reflects their values and preferences.

“We’re learning what our study participants value as they grow older,” Larson said. “And we hope to apply that to help them have a positive experience with aging—promoting their independence and providing them with skills to cope with any problems that may occur.”

Recent publications on Aging & Geriatrics

Fardo D, Gibbons LE, Mukherjee S, Glymour MM, McCormick W, McCurry SM, Bowen JD, Larson EB, Crane PK. Impact of home visit capacity on genetic association studies of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimers Dement. 2017 Feb 18. pii: S1552-5260(17)30018-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2017.01.012. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Postupna N, Latimer CS, Larson EB, Sherfield E, Paladin J, Shively CA, Jorgensen MJ, Andrews RN, Kaplan JR, Crane PK, Montine KS, Craft S, Keene CD, Montine TJ. Human striatal dopaminergic and regional serotonergic synaptic degeneration with lewy body disease and inheritance of Apoe Epsilon4. Am J Pathol. 2017 Feb 14. pii: S0002-9440(17)30060-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2016.12.010. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Jackson ML, Walker R, Lee S, Larson E, Dublin S. Reply to: quality indicators of drug use and the risk of pneumonia in older adults without dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Feb 7. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14736. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Jun G, Chung J, Mez J, Barber R, Beecham GW, Bennett DA, Buxbaum JD, Byrd GS, Carasquillo M, Crane PK, Cruchaga C, De Jager P, Ertekin-Taner N, Evans D, Fallin MD, Foroud TM, Friedland RP, Goate AM, Graff-Radford NR, Hendrie H, Hall KS, Hamilton-Nelson KL, Inzelberg R, Kamboh MI, Kauwe JSK, Kukull WA, Kunkle BW, Kuwano R, Logue MW, Manly JJ, Larson EB, Martin ER, Montine TJ, Naj A, Reiman EM, Reitz C, Sherva R, St. Geroge-Hyslop PH, Younkin SG, Vardarajan BN, Wang L, Wendlund JR, Winslow AR, Alzheimer Disease Genetics Consortium, Haines J, Mayeux R, Pericak-Vance MA, Schellenberg G, Lunetta K, Farrer LA. Transethnic genome-wide scan identifies novel Alzheimer disease loci. Alzheimers Dement. 2017 Feb 6. pii: S1552-5260(17)30003-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2016.12.012. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

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Researchers in Aging & Geriatrics

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, MACP

Vice President for Research and Health Care Innovation, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington; Executive Director & Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
206-287-2988
larson.e@ghc.org

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Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD

Associate Investigator
206-287-2870
dublin.s@ghc.org

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Diana S. Buist, PhD, MPH

Director of Research and Strategic Partnership; Senior Investigator
206-287-2931
buist.d@ghc.org

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Andrea Z. LaCroix, PhD

Senior Investigator
858-822-1073
Alacroix@ucsd.edu

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Edward H. Wagner, MD, MPH

Director (Emeritus), MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation
206-287-2877
wagner.e@ghc.org

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Dori E. Rosenberg, PhD, MPH

Assistant Investigator
206-287-2532
rosenberg.d@ghc.org

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Erin J. Bowles, MPH

Research Associate
206-287-2708
bowles.e@ghc.org

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Ellen O'Meara, PhD

Research Associate
206-287-2938
omeara.e@ghc.org

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Melissa L. Anderson, MS

Senior Biostatistician
206-287-2647
anderson.melissa@ghc.org

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Rod L. Walker, MS

Biostatistician
206-287-2895
walker.rl@ghc.org

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