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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COVID-19 Updates and Vaccine Information

During this unprecedented time, it is important for older adults and their families to stay updated with the latest news and resources surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please click the graphic for information.

 


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.

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Emotional and Mental Health in Older Adults Webinar Series

Fall 2021 Webinar Series— Healthy Me, Healthy You!

Thursdays, 2-3pm (Mountain Time)

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


Fall 2021 Schedule



Oral Health for Older Adults Webinar Series

Join us for a very important topic that directly impacts the health of older adults and that is oral health care.  This webinar series, co-hosted by the CU Anschutz Multidisciplinary Center on Aging and CU Anschutz School of Dental Medicine, will kick-off on October 26 and run through December 7.  All webinar presentations are Thursdays, 12pm-1pm.  

Schedule

Tuesday, October 26 
Noon-1pm
Periodontal Disease
Amy DeStaffany, RDH, BS
 
Tuesday, November 9
Noon-1pm
Connection between Oral and Systemic Health
Amy DeStaffany, RDH, BS
Tuesday, November 30
Noon-1pm
Removable Prosthodontics and Implants
Viensuong Nguyen, DDS, MDSc
 
Tuesday, December 7
Noon-1pm
Dental Decay
Lindsey Yates, DDS and Dr. Sophia Khan, DDS


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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 and 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


Colorado like the rest of the US has a dire shortage of geriatric-trained clinicians to take care of the aging population.  The State of Colorado announces a new Loan Forgiveness Opportunity for Geriatric-Trained Clinicians to work in Rural/Underserved Colorado to help care for Older Coloradans in these communities.

Application is open September 1-30, 2021

Begin an Application




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