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DSM staff profile

Associate Professor Debra Waters

PositionDirector of Gerontology Research
DepartmentDepartment of Medicine (DSM)
QualificationsBS PhD
Research summaryBody composition and physical function during ageing

Research

  • Determinants and prevalence of sarcopenia and sarcopenic-obesity.
  • Impact of sarcopenia and sarcopenic-obesity on physical function.
  • Community-based exercise interventions to maintain physical function during ageing.

Publications

Waters, D. L., Ward, A. L., & Villareal, D. T. (2013). Weight loss in obese adults 65 years and older: A review of the controversy. Experimental Gerontology, 48(10), 1054-1061. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2013.02.005

Waters, D. L., Vawter, R., Qualls, C., Chode, S., Armamento-Villareal, R., & Villareal, D. T. (2013). Long-term maintenance of weight loss after lifestyle intervention in frail, obese older adults. Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, 17(1), 3-7. doi: 10.1007/s12603-012-0421-5

Taylor, D., Hale, L., Schluter, P., Waters, D. L., Binns, E., McCracken, H., McPherson, K., & Wolf, S. L. (2012). Effectiveness of tai chi as a community-based falls prevention intervention: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60(5), 841-848. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2012.03928.x

Waters, D. L., & Baumgartner, R. N. (2011). Sarcopenia and obesity. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 27(3), 401-421. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2011.03.007

Waters, D. L., Hale, L. A., Robertson, L., Hale, B. A., & Herbison, P. (2011). Evaluation of a peer-led falls prevention program for older adults. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 92(10), 1581-1586. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2011.05.014

Chapter in Book - Research

Baumgartner, R. N., & Waters, D. L. (2006). Sarcopenia and sarcopenic-obesity. In M. S. J. Pathy, A. J. Sinclair & J. E. Morley (Eds.), Principles and practice of geriatric medicine (Vol. 1). (4th ed.) (pp. 909-933). Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons.

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Journal - Research Article

Doolan Noble, F., Gauld, R., & Waters, D. L. (2015). Are nurses more likely to report providing care plans for chronic disease patients than doctors? Findings from a New Zealand study. Chronic Illness, 11(3), 210-217. doi: 10.1177/1742395314567479

Doolan-Noble, F., Gauld, R., Waters, D. L., & Leon de la Barra, S. (2015). New Zealand health professional and patient perceptions of chronic illness care. European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare, 3(1), 4-10. doi: 10.5750/ejpch.v3i1.852

Wurzer, B., Waters, D. L., Hale, L. A., & Leon de la Barra, S. (2014). Long-term participation in peer-led fall prevention classes predicts lower fall incidence. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 95(6), 1060-1066. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.01.018

Fisken, A., Waters, D. L., Hing, W. A., Steele, M., & Keogh, J. W. (2014). Perception and responses to different forms of aqua-based exercise among older adults with osteoarthritis. International Journal of Aquatic Research & Education, 8(1), 32-52. doi: 10.1123/iiare.2013-0007

Waters, D. L., Wayne, S. J., Andrieu, S., Cesari, M., Villareal, D. T., Garry, P., & Vellas, B. (2014). Sexually dimorphic patterns of nutritional intake and eating behaviors in community-dwelling older adults with normal and slow gait speed. Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, 18(3), 228-233. doi: 10.1007/s12603-014-0004-8

Napoli, N., Shah, K., Waters, D. L., Sinacore, D. R., Qualls, C., & Villareal, D. T. (2014). Effect of weight loss, exercise, or both on cognition and quality of life in obese older adults. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 100(1), 189-198. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.113.082883

Robertson, L., Hale, B., Waters, D., Hale, L., & Andrew, A. (2014). Community peer-led exercise groups: Reasons for success. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences & Practice, 12(2). Retrieved from http://ijahsp.nova.edu/articles/Vol12Num2/Robertson.htm

Aguirre, L. E., Jan, I. Z., Fowler, K., Waters, D. L., Villareal, D. T., & Armamento-Villareal, R. (2014). Testosterone and adipokines are determinants of physical performance, strength, and aerobic fitness in frail, obese, older adults. International Journal of Endocrinology, 507395. doi: 10.1155/2014/507395

Aguirre, L., Napoli, N., Waters, D., Qualls, C., Villareal, D. T., & Armamento-Villareal, R. (2014). Increasing adiposity is associated with higher adipokine levels and lower bone mineral density in obese older adults. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 99(9), 3290-3297. doi: 10.1210/jc.2013-3200

Waters, D. L., Vawter, R., Qualls, C., Chode, S., Armamento-Villareal, R., & Villareal, D. T. (2013). Long-term maintenance of weight loss after lifestyle intervention in frail, obese older adults. Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, 17(1), 3-7. doi: 10.1007/s12603-012-0421-5

Waters, D. L., Ward, A. L., & Villareal, D. T. (2013). Weight loss in obese adults 65 years and older: A review of the controversy. Experimental Gerontology, 48(10), 1054-1061. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2013.02.005

Doolan-Noble, F., Smith, D., Gauld, R., Waters, D. L., Cooke, A., & Reriti, H. (2013). Evolution of a health navigator model of care within a primary care setting: A case study. Australian Health Review, 37(4), 523-528. doi: 10.1071/AH12038

Hale, L. A., Waters, D., & Herbison, P. (2012). A randomized controlled trial to investigate the effects of water-based exercise to improve falls risk and physical function in older adults with lower-extremity osteoarthritis. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 93(1), 27-34. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2011.08.004

Taylor, D., Hale, L., Schluter, P., Waters, D. L., Binns, E., McCracken, H., McPherson, K., & Wolf, S. L. (2012). Effectiveness of tai chi as a community-based falls prevention intervention: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60(5), 841-848. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2012.03928.x

Barusch, A., & Waters, D. L. (2012). Social engagement of frail elders. Journal of Frailty & Aging, 1(4), 189-194.

Waters, D. L., Abellan Van Kan, G., Cesari, M., Vidal, K., Rolland, Y., & Vellas, B. (2012). Gender specific associations between frailty and body composition. Journal of Frailty & Aging, 1(1), 18-23.

Waters, D. L., & Baumgartner, R. N. (2011). Sarcopenia and obesity. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 27(3), 401-421. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2011.03.007

Leong, S. L., Madden, C., Gray, A., Waters, D., & Horwath, C. (2011). Faster self-reported speed of eating is related to higher body mass index in a nationwide survey of middle-aged women. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 111(8), 1192-1197. doi: 10.1016/j.jada.2011.05.012

Waters, D. L., Hale, L. A., Robertson, L., Hale, B. A., & Herbison, P. (2011). Evaluation of a peer-led falls prevention program for older adults. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 92(10), 1581-1586. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2011.05.014

Waters, D. L., Hale, L., Grant, A. M., Herbison, P., & Goulding, A. (2010). Osteoporosis and gait and balance disturbances in older sarcopenic obese New Zealanders. Osteoporosis International, 21(2), 351-357. doi: 10.1007/s00198-009-0947-5

Waters, D. L., Baumgartner, R. N., Garry, P. J., & Vellas, B. (2010). Advantages of dietary, exercise-related, and therapeutic interventions to prevent and treat sarcopenia in adult patients: An update. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 5, 259-270. doi: 10.2147/CIA.S6920

Waters, D. L., Mullins, P. G., Qualls, C. R., Raj, D. S. C., Gasparovic, C., & Baumgartner, R. N. (2009). Mitochondrial function in physically active elders with sarcopenia. Mechanisms of Ageing & Development, 130(5), 315-319. doi: 10.1016/j.mad.2009.01.006

Jones, L. M., Waters, D. L., & Legge, M. (2009). Walking speed at self-selected exercise pace is lower but energy cost higher in older versus younger women. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 6(3), 327-332.

Tarawhiti, L., Waters, D., Goulding, A., Jones, L., & Hale, L. (2009). Sarcopenic-obesity with polypharmacy is associated with gait and balance disturbances in older adults. New Zealand Medical Student Journal, 9, 19-25.

Shah, V. O., Scariano, J., Waters, D., Qualls, C., Morgan, M., Pickett, G., … Raj, D. S. C. (2009). Mitochondrial DNA deletion and sarcopenia. Genetics in Medicine, 11(3), 147-152.

Waters, D. L., Qualls, C. R., Dorin, R. I., Veldhuis, J. D., & Baumgartner, R. N. (2008). Altered growth hormone, cortisol, and leptin secretion in healthy elderly persons with sarcopenia and mixed body composition phenotypes. Journals of Gerontology Series A, 63(5), 536-541.

Waters, D., & Hale, L. (2007). Do aqua-aerobics improve gait and balance in older people? A pilot study. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 14(12), 538-542.

Wold, R. S., Wayne, S. J., Waters, D. L., & Baumgartner, R. N. (2007). Behaviors underlying the use of nonvitamin nonmineral dietary supplements in a healthy elderly cohort. Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, 11(1), 3-7.

Wold, R. S., Lopez, S. T., Yau, C. L., Butler, L. M., Pareo-Tubbeh, S. L., Waters, D. L., … Baumgartner, R. N. (2005). Increasing trends in elderly persons' use of nonvitamin, nonmineral dietary supplements and concurrent use of medications. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 105, 54-63.

Raj, D. S. C., Welbourne, T., Dominic, E. A., Waters, D., Wolfe, R., & Ferrando, A. (2005). Glutamine kinetics and protein turnover in end-stage renal disease. American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology & Metabolism, 288, E37-E46.

Baumgartner, R. N., Wayne, S. J., Waters, D. L., Janssen, I., Gallagher, D., & Morley, J. E. (2004). Sarcopenic obesity predicts instrumental activities of daily living disability in the elderly. Obesity Research, 12(12), 1995-2004.

Waters, D. L., Yau, C. L., Montoya, G. D., & Baumgartner, R. N. (2003). Serum sex hormones, IGF-1, and IGFBP3 exert a sexually dimorphic effect on lean body mass in aging. Journals of Gerontology Series A, 58(7), 648-652.

Waters, D. L., Brooks, W. M., Qualls, C. R., & Baumgartner, R. N. (2003). Skeletal muscle mitochondrial function and lean body mass in healthy exercising elderly. Mechanisms of Ageing & Development, 124, 301-309.

Waters, D. L., Baumgartner, R. N., & Garry, P. J. (2000). Sarcopenia: Current perspectives. Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, 4(3), 133-139.

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Journal - Research Other

Armamento-Villareal, R., Napoli, N., Waters, D., & Villareal, D. T. (2014). Fat, muscle, and bone interactions in obesity and the metabolic syndrome. International Journal of Endocrinology, 2014, 247076. doi: 10.1155/2014/247076

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