FUNDING SOURCE: CDC 2001-2004, 2004-2009, 2009-2014 Special Interest Projects

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Sara Wilcox, PhD and Katherine Leith, PhD




The Healthy Aging Research Network was funded from 2001-2014 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The University of South Carolina was one of eight universities who participate in this network. These eight universities were a subset of the 37 Prevention Research Centers located throughout the United States.

The mission of the Prevention Research Centers Healthy Aging Research Network was to better understand the determinants of healthy aging in older adult populations; to identify interventions that promote healthy aging; and to assist in the translation of such research into sustainable community-based programs throughout the nation.

The Network was established to:
1. Create a collaboration among the coordinating center, other network members, and CDC to advance a prevention research agenda for public health and aging;
2. Identify and engage public health, aging and related resources in collaboration with healthy aging; 3. Facilitate the translation of research into practice;
4. Work within the HAN to prioritize and choose topics for research, intervention and/or translation; and
5. Develop evidence-based interventions for implementation in communities.

To learn more about the Healthy Aging Research Network, refer to the national PRC HAN website:
The USC PRC HAN published a directory of physical activity programs for older adults living in Richland and Lexington counties in South Carolina. To view a copy, go to

For more information on the Healthy Aging Research Network, please visit their website


McGough, E. L., Lin, S. Y., Belza, B., Becofsky, K. M., Jones, D. L., Liu, M., Wilcox, S., & Logsdon, R. G. (2019). A scoping review of physical performance outcome measures used in exercise interventions for older adults with Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 42(1), 28–47.
DOI: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000159

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Anderson LA, Slonim A, Yen IH, Jones DL, Allen P, Hunter RH, Goins RT, Leith KH, Rosenberg D, Satariano WA, McPhillips-Tangum C. Developing a framework and priorities to promote mobility among older adults. Health Education and Behavior. 2014;41(1 Suppl):10S-18S. PMID: 25274706. PMCID: 4447193.

Corwin SJ, Laditka JN, Laditka SB, Wilcox S, Liu R. Attitudes on aging well among older African Americans and whites in South Carolina. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2009;6(4):A113. PMID: 19754989. PMCID: 2774627.

Day KL, Friedman DB, Laditka JN, Anderson LA, Hunter R, Laditka SB, Wu B, McGuire LC, Coy MC. Prevention of cognitive impairment: physician perceptions and practices. Journal of Applied Gerontology. 2012;31(6):743-754.

Eisenstein AR, Prohaska TR, Kruger J, Satariano WA, Hooker S, Buchner D, Kealey M, Hunter RH. Environmental correlates of overweight and obesity in community residing older adults. Journal of Aging and Health. 2011;23(6):994-1009. PMID: 21508306.

Frederick JT, Steinman L, Prochaska T, Satariano W, Bruce M, Bryant L, Ciechanowski P, Devellis B, Leith K, Leyden KM, Sharkey J, Simons GE, Wilson N, Unutzer J, & Snowden M. Late life depression special interest project panelists. Community-based treatment of late life depression: an expert panel-informed literature review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2007; 33(3), 222-249. PMID: 17826584.

Friedman, D.B., Becofsky, K., Anderson, L.A., Bryant, L.L., Hunter, R.H., Ivey, S.L., Belza, B., Logsdon, R.G., Brannon, S., Vandenberg, A.E., & Lin, S.Y. (2015).  Public perceptions about risk and protective factors for cognitive health and impairment: A review of the literature. International Psychogeriatrics, 27(8), 1263-1275. PMID: 25592720. PMCID:4496288.

Friedman DB, Laditka JN, Laditka SB, Mathews AE. Cognitive health messages in popular women's and men's magazines, 2006-2007. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2010;7(2):A32. PMID: 20158960. PMCID:2831786.

Friedman DB, Laditka SB, Laditka JN, Price AE. A content analysis of cognitive health promotion in popular magazines. International Journal of Aging and Human Development. 2011;73(3):253-281. PMID: 22272508.

Friedman DB, Laditka SB, Laditka JN, Wu B, Liu R, Price AE, Tseng W, Corwin SJ, Ivey SL, Hunter R, Sharkey JR. Ethnically diverse older adults' beliefs about staying mentally sharp. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 2011;73(1):27-52. PMID: 21922798.

Friedman DB, Rose ID, Anderson LA, Hunter R, Bryant LL, Wu B, Deokar AJ, Tseng W. Beliefs and communication practices regarding cognitive functioning among consumers and primary care providers in the United States, 2009. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2013;10:E58; quiz 58-13. PMID: 23597396. PMCID: 3638613.

Frost SS, Goins RT, Hunter RH, Hooker SP, Bryant LL, Kruger J, Pluto D. Effects of the built environment on physical activity of adults living in rural settings. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2010;24(4):267-283. PMID: 20232609.

Hochhalter AK, Bryant LL, Hunter R, Liu R, Friedman DB, Price AE, Sharkey J, Reddy S, Caprio AJ, McCrystle S. Multisite qualitative study of primary care physicians' and midlevel providers' self-reported practices and perceptions about maintaining cognitive health. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2012;9:E169. PMID: 23171671. PMCID: 3505117.

Hughes SL, Leith KH, Marquez DX, Moni G, Nguyen HQ, Desai P, Jones DL. Physical activity and older adults: expert consensus for a new research agenda. Gerontologist. 2011;51(6):822-832. PMID: 22048810. PMCID: 3695601.

Hughes SL, Williams B, Molina LC, Bayles C, Bryant LL, Harris JR, Hunter R, Ivey S, Watkins K. Characteristics of Physical Activity Programs for Older Adults: Results of a Multisite Survey. Gerontologist. 2005; 45(5):667-675. PMID: 16199402.

Hunter RH, Anderson LA, Belza B, Bodiford K, Hooker SP, Kochtitzky CS, Marquez DX, Satariano WA. Environments for healthy aging: linking prevention research and public health practice. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2013;10:E55. PMID: 23597393. PMCID: 3640693.

Ivey SL, Laditka SB, Price AE, Tseng W, Beard RL, Liu R, Fetterman D, Wu B, Logsdon RG. Experiences and concerns of family caregivers providing support to people with dementia: A cross-cultural perspective. Dementia. 2013;12(6):806-820. PMID: 24337641.

Laditka SB, Tseng W, Price AE, Ivey SL, Friedman DB, Liu R, Wu B, Logsdon RG, Beard RL. Beliefs about promoting cognitive health among Filipino Americans who care for persons with dementia. International Journal of Aging and Human Development. 2012;75(3):273-296. PMID: 23350346.

Laditka SB, Laditka JN, Liu R, Price AE, Friedman DB, Wu B, Bryant LL, Corwin SJ, Ivey SL. How do older people describe others with cognitive impairment? A multiethnic study in the United States. Ageing and Society. 2013;33:369-392.

Laditka JN, Laditka SB, Liu R, Price AE, Friedman DB, Corwin SJ, Sharkey JR, Tseng W, Hunter R, Fetterman D, Logsdon RG, Beard RL. Older adults' concerns about cognitive health: Commonalities and differences among six United States ethnic groups. Ageing and Society. 2011:1202-1228.

Mathews AE, Laditka SB, Laditka JN, Wilcox S, Corwin SJ, Liu R, Friedman DB, Hunter R, Tseng W, Logsdon RG. Older adults' perceived physical activity enablers and barriers: a multicultural perspective. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 2010;18(2):119-140. PMID: 20440026

Ory MG, Anderson LA, Friedman DB, Pulczinski JC, Eugene N, Satariano WA. Cancer prevention among adults aged 45 to 64 years: Setting the stage. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2014;46(3S1):S1-S6. PMID: 24512925

Prohaska T, Belansky E, Belza B, Buchner D, Marshall V, McTigue K, Satariano W, Wilcox S. Physical activity, public health, and aging: critical issues and research priorities. Journal of Gerontology 2006; 61(5):S267-273. PMID: 16960240

Price AE, Corwin SJ, Friedman DB, Laditka SB, Colabianchi N, Montgomery KM. Older adults' perceptions of physical activity and cognitive health: implications for health communication. Health Education and Behavior. 2011;38(1):15-24. PMID: 21191085

Price AE, Corwin SJ, Friedman DB, Laditka SB, Colabianchi N, Montgomery KM. Physical activity and cognitive-health content in top-circulating magazines, 2006-2008. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 2011;19(2):147-168. PMID: 21558569

Prohaska TR, Anderson LA, Hooker SP, Hughes SL, Belza B. Mobility and aging: transference to transportation. Journal of Aging Research, 2011;2011:392751. PMID: 21876807

Rose ID, Friedman DB, Marquez DX, Fernandez K. What are older Latinos told about physical activity and cognition? A content analysis of a top-circulating magazine. J Aging Health. 2013;25(7):1143-1158.

Sharkey JR, Locher J, Sahyoun N, Wilcox S. Nutrition and aging: nutritional health inequity. Journal of Aging Research, 2012;2012:164106. PMID: 23832842

Snowden M, Steinman L, Mochan K, Grodstein F, Prohaska TR, Thurman DJ, Brown DR, Laditka JN, Soares J, Zweiback DJ, Little D, Anderson LA. Effect of exercise on cognitive performance in community-dwelling older adults: review of intervention trials and recommendations for public health practice and research. Journal of the American Geriatric Society. 2011;59(4):704-716. PMID: 21438861

Steinman L, Frederick JT, Prochaska T, Satariano W, Dornberg-Lee S, Fisher R, Graub PB, Leith K, Presby K, Sharkey J, Snyder S, Turner D, Wilson N, Yagoda L, Unutzer J, & Snowden M. Late life depression special interest project (SIP) Panelists. Recommendations for treating depression in community-based older adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2007, 33(3), 175-181. PMID: 17826575

Vandenberg AE, Price AE, Friedman DB, Marchman G, Anderson LA. How do top cable news websites portray cognition as an aging issue? Gerontologist. 2012;52(3):367-382. PMID: 21908804

Warren-Findlow J, Price AE, Hochhalter AK, Laditka JN. Primary care providers' sources and preferences for cognitive health information in the United States. Health Promotion International. 2010;25(4):464-473. PMID: 20624751

Wilcox S, Altpeter M, Anderson LA, Belza B, Bryant L, Jones DL, Leith KH, Phelan EA, Satariano WA. The Healthy Aging Research Network: Resources for building capacity for public health and aging practice. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2013;28(1):2-6. PMID: 24000962