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.
Colorado has the second fastest-growing older population in the country and the number of geriatric doctors has not kept up.
CU Anschutz Multidisciplinary Center on Aging and AARP-CO have teamed up to offer a spring Health & Wellness Webinar Series
Telehealth Trends – “How’s My Connection?” – Cari Levy, MD – May 13, 2021
Connect and Engage: Understanding Loneliness and Forging Deeper Connections – Mary O’Hara, LCSW – May 20, 2021
Living a Solitary Life: The Health Implications of Chronic Social Isolation – Rebecca Mullen, MD – June 17, 2021 Register
Advance Care Planning 101: Navigating Services Through Life Transitions – Rebecca Tucker, LCSW – June 24, 2021 Register
Fall 2021 – Healthy Me, Healthy You!
Winter 2022 – Cannabis Use as Older Adults
Spring 2022 – Families and Caregiving
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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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
1.2 million Older Coloradans
21% of the State’s population
Source: 2018 State Demographer Office
80% of Older Coloradans 60+ Own Their Own Home
Source: 2018 U.S. Census
Economic Impact of Older Coloradans, 60+ to the State
$20.1 Billion Annually
Source: 2018 CASOA report
33% of Older Coloradans 60+ are in the workforce
Source: 2018 U.S. Census