UW Researcher Uses Dogs To Understand How People Age

Oct 9, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

University of Washington researcher Matt Kaeberlein is studying another way in which dog is man’s (and woman’s) best friend. Kaeberlein says dogs age in many of the same ways humans do. They contract many of the same afflictions (cancer, diabetes, arthritis).

Kaeberlein spoke about his research Tuesday in downtown Spokane. He is Gonzaga’s Next Generation Medicine lecturer.

State-sanctioned protections for vulnerable older Washingtonians lag far behind similar mechanisms for dealing with child abuse. So a bipartisan state senate bill aims to set up two new elder justice centers, one of them in Spokane County.

The senators, including Mike Padden of Spokane Valley, point to mushrooming numbers of Washingtonians age 65 and older, and a sharp jump in reported elder abuse cases - everything from physical abuse to neglect to financial exploitation.