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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youtube iconCU Anschutz Multidisciplinary Center on Aging launches YouTube Channel!  Please visit this channel in case you missed some of the programs to find the videos from various media interviews and educational opportunities.


Vaccine Information From State of Colorado Governor Jared Polis

January 8, 2021 Vaccine Update from Governor Polis. Click here to watch:  Video Recording

For Vaccine Information please visit: https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine


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Webinar Series

Emotional and Mental Health in Older Adults During Challenging Times
Fall and Winter Webinar Series

Winter Webinar Series:  January 14-February 4, 2021 
Thursdays, 2pm-3pm (mountain time)

Who Should Attend?: Service Providers, Caregivers and Older Adults are invited to join us for a Fall and Winter 9-session webinar series to learn strategies to improve Emotional and Mental Health and Well-Being for Older Adults

Winter Dates (2021):

January 14 – Understanding Anxiety and Grief During Challenging Times
January 21 – What Can You Do If You Notice Memory Problems?
January 28 – Healthy Brain, Healthy You!
February 4 – Living well with Dementia 

Fall Dates (2020):

October 29th – The Importance of Getting Good Sleep During Challenging Times
November 5th – Maintaining Strong Relationships During Difficult Situations
November 12th – Improving Emotional Health While Living With Cognitive Impairment
November 19th – Managing Depression During Challenging Times
December 3rd -  Identifying Substance Abuse As A Coping Mechanism


In The Community 
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CU Anschutz Multidisciplinary Center Launches COAST-IT with Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, and College of Nursing

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COAST-IT – Connecting Older Adults to Students Through Interprofessional Telecare

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 the CU Anschutz Senior's Clinic 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.  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.

Criteria to ensure success for the participants: 

  • Older adults who have felt some mental or physical health effects from loneliness and isolation that has occurred due to COVID-19 or other recent social changes. 
  • Older Adults who would enjoy interacting with a student regularly and volunteer to be a part of the program. The older adult would consent to be contacted and be willing/wanting to participate. A short consent form will need to be signed.
  • Older Adults without cognitive impairment who could successfully participate in regularly scheduled (up to weekly or bi-monthly) phone calls with a student. Our hope is the student and older adult would remain phone partners through the duration of the student’s educational journey.
  • Older Adults who don’t have hearing impairment that would prohibit the ability to hear and converse well on the phone.
  • Older Adults who would enjoy regularly scheduled extended social conversations with a pharmacy, nursing or dental medicine student. 

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


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



Aging in Colorado

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840,000

65+ Population in Colorado in 2019

1.2 million

65+ Population in Colorado in 2030

24%

55+ Population in the Colorado workforce in 2040 (largest block in Colorado)

1/3

Colorado Households that will be headed by person 65+ by 2040

Source: Colorado State Demography Office 2019