Guthrie announces WKU research grant for Bingocize project

A grant for “Bingocize: A Novel Mobile Application to Help Maintain or Improve Older Adults’ Health, Function, and Cognition” from the National Institute on Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will support the collaborative WKU research project by Matthew Shake (left) and Jason Crandall (right).

Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) announced Wednesday that the National Institute on Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is awarding a $417,398 research grant to WKU. This grant will go to WKU’s research project entitled “Bingocize: A Novel Mobile Application to Help Maintain or Improve Older Adults’ Health, Function, and Cognition.”
 
“Americans are aging, and our health care system must adjust to this new older population,” said Guthrie. “As vice chair of the Health Subcommittee, I am proud to see that WKU has been recognized for this prestigious grant to research how we can improve health care for senior citizens. I look forward to seeing the results of their research.”
 
“This research project is designed to test the effectiveness of using a new mobile app and exercise intervention program known as Bingocize® to improve both physical and mental fitness in older adults,” said Dr. Cheryl D. Davis, interim dean of The Graduate School at WKU and associate provost for Research and Creative Activity. “Successful health-promoting interventions designed to improve physical and mental fitness can help reduce health care costs and improve the quality of life for older adults.”
 
The grant will fund a collaborative research project involving two principal investigators from different colleges at WKU: Matthew Shake, Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences, and Jason Crandall, Associate Professor of Exercise Science.
 
“The project will also provide exciting research opportunities for WKU students from a variety of disciplines, including Exercise Science, Psychological Sciences, Social Work and Communication Sciences and Disorders,” Dr. Davis said.

Contact: Lauren Gaydos, (202) 225-3501

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