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M. Elaine Cress, PhD, Professor Emeritus

Dr. Cress specializes in active aging.  After a career in academia she is applying her expertise in her community where people can age-well in their own homes and on their own terms. Dr. Cress has developed exercise strategies to optimize physical function. Dr. Cress evaluates function from the perspective of the individual, as well as objective performance. These evaluations provide insights that open the doorway to individual and environmental solutions that create a desirable path forward.

She received advanced degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of Wisconsin. Formerly on the faculty at University of Washington, she is professor emeritus of the University of Georgia. She has devoted her career to understanding the physiological basis for optimal function in aging.

Dr. Cress developed the scientifically sound and robust Continuous Scale Physical Functional Performance test (CS-PFP) with funding from the National Institutes of Health and has authored over 50 peer reviewed scientific papers.  The CS-PFP is used globally in Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. Dr. Cress gives invited presentations on active aging and provides training for professionals on the administration and use of the CS-PFP.  She is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and the Gerontological Society of America.

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