Human Ecology

Reports news and information of particular interest to the faculty and alumni of the New York State College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. Features short, signed articles written by the college?s faculty and students, and coverage of the college?

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 2, Fall

An Eye on the Elderly: New Gerontology Minor Gives Students a Wider Perspective on the Needs of Older Populations
The population of older Americans is growing faster than ever. Reports project that by 2030 there will be 72 million people 65 and older in the United States, up from 39 million today. And by 2050, the 85-and-over U.S. population is projected to be...
Cornell Students Reach out to Local Seniors
On many occasions, pre-med student Lida Zheng '11 has explored aging issues in her classes in the College of Human Ecology--such subjects as the nutritional needs of seniors, quality of life in nursing homes, or the maladies that come with old age....
Furnishings and Technology Help Dementia Patients Connect with Loved Ones
Frustrated by their inability to communicate with their parents with dementia, two Human Ecology faculty members are using custom-built furniture and digital photos to help families connect with loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's and other brain...
Helping Seniors Cope with Climate Change
When Hurricane Katrina engulfed New Orleans in 2005, catastrophic flood waters and fierce winds crippled the city's infrastructure, caused billions in property damage, and killed an estimated 1,500 Louisiana residents. The death toll cut across all...
Home Sweet Home
For most older adults in long-term care, nursing homes are the last place they'll ever live, and many give up hope on ever returning to their homes. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] But Human Ecology researchers have evaluated Project Home, an innovative...
Lab Aims for 'Universal Design' for Wheelchairs and Assistive Devices
In recent decades, wheelchairs have swelled in size: place a modern wheelchair next to one from the 1970s, and it resembles a Hummer next to a go-kart. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "We have gone from the 'Model-T'--the traditional...
Research on Proteins Holds Promise for Dementia and Diabetes Drugs
As people age, their risk grows for a class of diseases known as protein conformational disorders, which occur when certain proteins become structurally abnormal and disrupt the function of body cells, tissues, and organs. Such conditions include Alzheimer's...
Soothing the Strains in Nursing Homes
Last December, a 98-year-old Massachusetts woman became the oldest person charged with murder in state history for allegedly killing her centenarian roommate. The deadly assault followed a dispute over a piece of furniture the two nursing home residents...
The Paradox of Aging
For years, researchers have known that cognitive functions such as reasoning, memory, and problem solving decline with age. But a relatively new discovery is transforming conventional thinking about aging and cognition: as people age, their emotional...
Transforming Social Security for an Aging Society
The typical American is getting older. Changes in our age distribution caused by substantial declines in fertility rates and increases in life expectancy, together with the aging pi the baby boom generation, will require substantial changes in Social...