Volunteer for Study of Effects of Physical Activity

Men Aged 55-70!

Learn more about your leg strength and walking style!

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Researchers at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst are studying how age and physical activity history change your leg strength and the way you walk.

 

The following criteria must be met to qualify for the study.

  • Healthy body weight
  • Ability to walk unaided for 40 minutes
  • No cardiovascular, respiratory or neurological problems.
  • No history of major reconstructive surgery in lower limb
  • No frequent participation in strength training or vigorous exercise

 

Participants will be asked to complete two study visits to the Musculoskeletal & Orthopedic Biomechanics Lab. One visit will involve filling out questionnaires. The second visit will be a 3 hour visit during which we will collect strength and walking data. Participants will receive a $25 gift card.

 

If interested, please contact Jocelyn at boyerbiomech@kin.umass.edu

or by calling 413-545-4421

Volunteer for study of effects of physical activity

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Researchers in the Musculoskeletal and Orthopedic Biomechanics Lab (MOBL), in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, are seeking volunteers to participate in a study examining the role that physical activity plays in the declines in mobility and joint function that are common in later life. The MOBL is under the direction of Katherine Boyer, Ph.D.

Many aspects of walking ability and muscle function are affected by age and exercise. Our research is focused on understanding the effects of age and exercise level on how individuals walk, the strength in their legs, and the potential risk of knee osteoarthritis. The information from this study will improve understanding of what factors affect joint health as we age.

We are seeking individuals between the ages of 55 and 70 years to participate in one of our on-going studies. We will ask eligible volunteers to wear an activity monitor for one week, walk back and forth in our lab as well as on a treadmill, and perform contractions of their leg muscles. Volunteers will receive information about their muscular ability and physical activity level, and will also be reimbursed $25 for their participation.

If you are interested in learning more about our research or might consider participating in one of our current studies, please contact Jocelyn Hafer at 413-545-4421 or at boyerbiomech@kin.umass.edu. For more information about the Musculoskeletal and Orthopedic Biomechanics Lab in general, please visit our website at http://people.umass.edu/mobl/.

The Renaissance Center Extends a Call for Volunteer Docents

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The UMass Interdisciplinary Center for Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst, is reaching out to retirees in the greater Amherst area who may wish to volunteer as docents in one of the more unusual community-services activities available to Amherst area residents.

The Renaissance Center has a permanent staff, as well as visiting and resident scholars during the academic semesters. It houses an impressive library of Renaissance resource materials, hosts graduate and undergraduate seminars through the UMass Department of English, and offers lectures and events to students and community members alike. At the Center, volunteer docents sit in the Arthur F. Kinney Reading Room, providing a staff-affiliated presence in what used to be the living room of the former Dakin estate. The Reading Room is open to UMass students and to the public at large who come to further their knowledge of Renaissance studies. The benefit of having docents at the Center is that, while each docent spends her or his shift in the Reading Room, the staff do not have to dedicate a slice of their attention to monitoring the comings and goings of those who avail themselves of the Center’s facilities.

A contented satisfaction is the reward that docents tell of experiencing as their 2-hour weekly shifts pass through the UMass fall and spring semesters. Seated in the Reading  Room, docents settle into a cozy chair and turn to tasks of letter-writing, reading their own books, or dipping into the non-circulating materials along the bookshelves and tables of this elegant room. With staff assistance, docents may also access Renaissance materials housed in the non-circulating library downstairs. In addition, docents have a circulating library of their own in the nearby Swanson Room from which they are at liberty to borrow and return books.

To pursue your interest in serving as a Renaissance Center docent, call or email Jacqueline Price (549-1254; jacbodner@gmail.com) or leave a message on the Center’s phone (577-3600) to select an available 2-hour weekday time slot and to schedule a brief training session during your first shift as a docent. Come join our group of dedicated docents!

How does physical activity affect age-related changes in gait and muscle function?

The biomechanics laboratory at UMass Amherst is recruiting volunteers for a study about the effects of age and exercise on walking and muscle function. We hope to learn about how changes in muscle function with age are related to the onset of disability.

We are currently looking for men and women aged 55-70 who either participate in fewer than 150 minutes of planned exercise per week OR who are runners. Individuals should meet the following criteria:

 Healthy body weight

 No history of reconstructive surgery of the legs

 No major health issues (heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, neurological disease, etc.)

 Able to walk for 30 minutes

 No contraindications to MRI (metal implant, claustrophobia, etc.)

The study consists of two visits: one 3-hour visit to the biomechanics lab on the UMass Amherst campus and one 1-hour visit to an MRI facility in Amherst. During the lab visit we will collect data on how your joints move as you walk over the ground and on a treadmill. We will also collect data on the strength of the muscles in your thigh. MRI will consist of a scan of the muscles in your thigh. All procedures are non-invasive. Participants will receive $25.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Jocelyn at boyerbiomech@kin.umass.edu or 413-545-4421.

Women Sought for Study of Heart Disease Risk and Menopause

The Molecular and Cardiovascular Physiology Lab is seeking women to participate in a study looking at how heart disease risk changes during the menopausal transition.

Women who have recently begun the menopausal transition, have not had period for 60 days or more but less than one year or have not had a period for more than five years, and are not regular exercisers, and do not have cardiovascular disease, may qualify.

This study will provide participants with information on blood lipid levels, glucose levels, cardiovascular fitness, bone mineral density and body composition.

Participants will be asked to come to campus three times for approximately 2-3 hours per visit. During the study they will be asked to complete studies of blood vessel health using an ultrasound and Doppler machine and to undergo blood draws at rest and before and after exercise. Participants will complete a maximal exercise test and an acute bout of exercise.

For information, contact the lab at molecularcardiolab@gmail.com or 577-0392.

UMass Amherst Muscle Physiology Laboratory is conducting a study on how muscles change with age

Why do muscles change with age and how can we predict who will lose mobility?

Researchers in the Muscle Physiology Lab, in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, are seeking volunteers to participate in a study that will examine the effects of age on muscle function and physical performance.  The Muscle Physiology Lab is under the direction of Professor Jane Kent, Ph.D.

Many aspects of skeletal muscle function are affected by advancing age.  Our research is focused on understanding the effects of aging on muscle activity in the lower leg and its relationship to our ability to perform rapid movements.  This research will provide information about a new clinical measure that we hope will be useful as an early indicator of changes in the muscle that might affect mobility tasks such as walking.

We are seeking individuals between the ages of 21 and 35 or 65 and 85 years to participate in one of our on-going studies.  We will ask eligible volunteers to perform contractions of their leg muscles, as well as perform simple tests of physical function (e.g., walking, balance, getting up from a chair, etc.), and to rapidly tap their foot.  Volunteers will receive information about their muscular ability, mobility function and physical activity level, along with a $20 Visa gift card and pamphlets on exercises for healthy aging.

If you are interested in learning more about our research or might consider participating in one of our current studies, please contact Erica at 413-545-5305 or at umassmplab@gmail.com.    For more information about the lab, visit our website at http://blogs.umass.edu/janekb/