Town hall meeting on the Center for Healthy Aging set for May 9

The CSU Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging is hosting a town hall meeting on Tuesday, May 9.  Lise Youngblade, head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and associate dean for strategic initiatives in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences, invites faculty and researchers working on issues related to aging to attend and participate in the discussion.

Lise Youngblade
Lise Youngblade

Topics will include the mission and vision for the center, organization and activities of the center, use of the new space in the CSU Health and Medical Center, and the search for a permanent director. The meeting will be held from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m., in the Lory Student Center, Room 324.

Questions about the center or the search for a director can be directed to Lise Youngblade at or 970-491-3581.

About the center

The Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging, launched with a generous $5 million gift from Bob and Kitty Wilson, owners of Columbine Health Systems, is poised to serve as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research, education, and community engagement around cutting-edge issues involved in healthy and successful aging.

The center will unite current expertise and active research programs at CSU in the biological and psychological/sociological aspects of healthy aging, basic and translational science, and integration of animal and human models of aging. True to CSU’s land-grant heritage, a significant focus of activity will involve community engagement and the translation of scientific discoveries to programs and policies that support successful aging.

The Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging will house an integrated suite of offices and lab spaces in the CSU Health and Medical Center. The center will house faculty who are engaging in cutting-edge research on biological, cognitive, psychological, social and behavioral factors that lead to healthy and successful aging. The center leverages and brings together extensive existing research on aging at the university, and offers new opportunities for research and community programs.

Opening in fall 2017, the center will provide an environment in which cross-disciplinary research can take place and innovative ideas can more easily flourish. In addition to the research activities, part of the mission of the center is to offer outreach services such as neuropsychological testing and counseling services for older adults and their families.

CSU has made a strategic investment in healthy aging research through the Aging Research cluster hire.

The research programs and outreach activities, as well as student educational opportunities will be hosted in coordination with the College of Health and Human Sciences, the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.