As a Reynolds Scholar, Lolita Martin counts neurocognitive health as it is affected by aging, brain-based learning strategies to reduce cognitive decline, chronic disease and pain, interdisciplilnary collaboration, chronic pain and rehabilitation;
regenerative therapies, stem cell research, virtual environments, and distance learning as her research interests.
A PhD student at the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing, Ms. Martin is eager to begin her research, which will focus on assisting older adults in self-care about their chronic diseases through problem-solving, recognizing out-of-range symptoms and cognitive-focused computer-based tutors, under the mentorship of Dr. Jo Azzarello.
Her professional experience includes urgent care, family health, medical missions, disaster relief, and neurological/physical rehabilitation. Her personal interest in healthy aging stems from a childhood curiosity with a family centenarian that was never frail. She has an enduring desire to learn from elders; not merely old tales or traditions, but also the art of living. She has also put some of those lessons to use as a devotee of global missions since 1987, and has traveled to over 13 countries.
She is pleased to join the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center as a Reynolds Scholar and anticipates future work as a nurse scientist conducting global research for healthy aging. She states, “Aging-in-place was a lifestyle for a generation that relied on self-sufficiency, self- preservation, and home remedies. As a Reynolds researcher, I will be conducting solid inquiry into the gift of aging and how it is done successfully, worldwide, with or without health challenges. Discoveries related to healthy aging and the older adult give insight into healthy living across the lifespan.”