The Multi-disciplinary Center on Aging at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus was established in 1993 through an agreement between the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, the deans of the schools on the Anschutz Medical Campus and the leadership of the University of Colorado Hospital. The mission of the center is to promote improved health for older adults through the establishment and continuation of high quality and innovative clinical programs; the education of community professionals in geriatrics and gerontology; an emphasis on multidisciplinary team care and activity; and the promotion of collaborative transdisciplinary efforts in basic, clinical, and health services research that span the university community.

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18th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference

Being The Change: Innovation and Quality Improvement for Older Adult Primary and Post-Acute Care Settings

March 28-29, 2022

Registration for individuals

Denver Skyline with superimposed mountains in backgroundWelcome Clinicians, Service Providers and Community Members to the 18th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference. Rising geriatric populations, multiple chronic diseases and burgeoning needs for long term care and home health services are just some of the facets of aging facing our healthcare and service provider communities. Providers working with older adults need to be equipped with efficient and effective ways to care for this growing patient population.

Sponsor/Exhibit Registration

Please join us for 2-days of education and knowledge exchange presented by clinicians and researchers providing the latest information of work being done in the aging sector.

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CU Anschutz Medical Campus has become the First Age-Friendly University Designated Campus in the CU System

Designation recognizes commitment to age inclusivity, promoting more equitable education, research opportunities

Patient with health care workerMulti Center on Aging logoThe University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has been designated an Age-Friendly University for its leadership in research, education and care for older adults.

The recognition is part of an international effort endorsed by the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) to create more programs, policies and opportunities for an aging population.

CU Anschutz is the first academic medical campus in Colorado to become a member of the Age-Friendly University Global Network, joining a small group of designated academic medical campuses worldwide.  CU Anschutz becomes the first campus in the CU System to receive the Age-Friendly University Designation, as well as #87 in the world and #4 academic medical campus in the world to receive the designation.

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Emotional and Mental Health in Older Adults Webinar Series

Winter 2022 Webinar Series— Cannabis Use and Older Adults Mental, Emotional and Physical Health

Thursdays, 2-3pm (Mountain Time) Schedule TBA

For more information please email: Jodi.waterhouse@cuanschutz.edu


In The Community 
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COAST-IT – Connecting Older Adults to Students Through Interprofessional Telecare
We need older adult participants!

Click below for more information to sign up to have a CU Anschutz student phone partner

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Brief Explanation of the Project

Older adults have been significantly impacted by loneliness and social isolation during COVID-19. At the same time, health professional students in their first 1-2 years of training have lost opportunities to have interactions with older adult patients. The team at CU Anschutz, led by the CU Anschutz Multidisciplinary Center on Aging, hosts a social isolation outreach program where students from either the CU Anschutz pharmacy, nurse practitioner or dental medical school programs will pair with an older adult to have weekly to bi-monthly social phone calls. 

Pharmacy and Nursing students call older adults to break down isolation

These calls are meant to help older adult’s combat loneliness and the feeling of isolation that so many have experienced. The older adults, through these phone conversations, will help students in their future clinical practices improve their communication skills and better serve their older adult patients.  For many of these students, older adults will be their largest patient population, so working on honing their communication skills is extremely important to become better clinicians. If you are interested in participating yourself as an older adult in this program or are a service provider of a community of older adults and interested in having your residents participate please contact Jodi.waterhouse@cuanschutz.edu

Contact us for more information and to participate


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Aging in Colorado


Value and Contributions of Older Coloradans

Older Coloradans are incredible contributors to the economy of the state.  See a snapshot of just a few of their many contributions to the economy and workforce in Colorado.

Impact of Older Adults in Colorado


Population

1.2 million Older Coloradans

21% of the State’s population

 

Source: 2018 State Demographer Office

Homes

80% of Older Coloradans 60+ Own Their Own Home

 

Source: 2018 U.S. Census

Impact

Economic Impact of Older Coloradans, 60+ to the State
$20.1 Billion Annually 

Source: 2018 CASOA report

Workforce

33% of Older Coloradans 60+ are in the workforce

 


Source: 2018 U.S. Census