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Rochester Roybal Center

for Social Ties and Aging Research


STAR Center

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

The strong associations between isolation and poor health, as well as the strong associations between social connectedness and good health and well-being, suggests that promoting social connectedness- positive interactions and relationships with others- should in turn positively influence trajectories of health and well-being. With vision and value-driven leadership, outstanding scientific and community expertise, Stage- model guided research planning, and seamless coordination of pilot study resources, the STAR Center aims to achieve its mission to impact social connectedness in innovative ways that ensure social vitality and healthy aging in those who provide care for a family member with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias.


Kathi Heffner, Ph.D.


Kim Van Orden, Ph.D.


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