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Are You an IDEAL Ager? If So, the NIA Is Looking For You!

March 5, 2014

PARKVILLE, MD---Researchers from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in Baltimore, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), want to know why some people live in excellent health into their 80s, 90s and beyond while others face failing health much sooner.
To unlock the secret of exceptional aging, researchers are recruiting healthy, active seniors 80 years and beyond for the IDEAL Study ("Insight into the Determinants of Exceptional Aging & Longevity").
The "exceptional agers" who qualify for the IDEAL study can walk a quarter of a mile unassisted and without pain or shortness of breath, have no significant memory loss, cognitive impairment or serious medical conditions.
IDEAL Study participants will become part of the longstanding Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA).
Dr. Luigi Ferrucci is the principal investigator of the study. He hopes to identify the mechanisms that are critical for exceptional aging and longevity. He will detail the IDEAL Study and seek volunteers from the public and at Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community in Parkville, MD, on Wednesday, March 12th at 2pm.
WHAT:        Dr. Luigi Ferrucci Presentation on the IDEAL Study
WHEN:        Wednesday, March 12, 2pm-3pm
WHERE:     Oak Crest retirement community; Erickson Conference Center (Crestview Station Clubhouse); 8820 Walther Boulevard, Parkville, MD 21234
Residents at Oak Crest are actively implementing health and wellness programs. In January, they made over 2,700 visits to the retirement community's 24/7 fitness center for personal workouts and individualized instruction from certified personal trainers, a new campus record. In 2013, residents visited the fitness center over 25,700 times.
For more information, please contact Jeff Getek, public affairs manager at Oak Crest, at 410-456-9809 or or Bill Holleran of Boscobel Marketing Communications, Inc. at 301-996-9495 or
About Dr. Ferrucci:  Dr. Luigi Ferrucci is a geriatrician and epidemiologist who conducts research on the causal pathways leading to progressive physical and cognitive decline in older persons. Dr. Ferrucci originally joined NIH in 2002 to serve as the chief of NIA's Longitudinal Studies Section and director of the BLSA. Since May 2011, he's been NIA's Scientific Director.  Dr. Ferrucci received a Medical Degree and Board Certification in 1980, a Board Certification in Geriatrics in 1982 and Ph.D. in Biology and Pathophysiology of Aging in 1998 at the University of Florence, Italy.  Between 1985 and 2002, he was Chief of Geriatric Rehabilitation at the Department of Geriatric Medicine and Director of the Laboratory of Clinical Epidemiology at the Italian National Institute of Aging.
About Oak Crest:  Oak Crest is one of seventeen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in Parkville, Maryland, the scenic 87-acre campus is home to more than 2,100 residents.  Oak Crest is the ideal greater Baltimore retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.