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April 2014 Issue | Volume 8, Number 4

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging 

Keynote Lecture Video

A video is now available of the 8th Annual Center on Aging Research Retreat Keynote Lecture given by Dr. Diana Kuh, entitled "A life course approach to healthy ageing: what do life course studies tell us and what are the research gaps?”. Dr. Kuh's lecture, dated March 25, 2014 can be accessed either from the Retreat page or directly at the U of U's Equella Resource page 

AGS Annual Meeting Presentations

Utah's Center on Aging research will be well represented at the Annual Meeting of the American Geriatrics Association in Orlando, Florida on May 15-17, 2014 with nine presentations.

A document has been created with all dates, times and information of Utah presentations - Download and Print Here

Members In The News

Student Journalists Take on Aging

Anne Palmer, Ed.D., Executive Director of the Utah Commission on Aging served as a key source for students reporting on the aging beat.  Voices of Utah, an award-winning community-engaged learning project of student-journalists in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah, was created by Dr. Kimberley Mangun to give students ongoing opportunities to cover a diverse beat and practice multimedia storytelling.  This semester students researched, wrote, documented and published stories centered on aging. They reported on a variety of topics, people and issues in the community, including: aging in place, Meals on Wheels, and care-giving by members of the sandwich generation.  The stories will be permanently archived along with aging-themed articles written by undergraduate students in Geoffrey Fattah’s intermediate reporting class from fall semester 2009.

Dr. Mangun created the course because she found a lack of community engagement among undergraduates studying journalism and communication.

New Book 'Framing Dementia'

Norman Foster, MD, director of the U.’s Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research was featured in The Salt Lake Tribune article "Dementia helps Utah caregivers ‘understand what’s important’" which highlights the work of the U's Honors Project under the guidance of Dr. Foster, and other University Faculty in researching, writing and publishing the book "Framing Dementia", which chronicles the stories and struggles of caregiving families. More details about the program and the book can be found at 
Copies of the book are available by mail for $5 from the U.’s Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research or by calling (801) 587-7236.

Elizabeth Fhuriman Gardner Prize

Maureen Henry, JD, a UU Hartford Center PhD candidate, is one of two outstanding scholars to receive the 2014 Elizabeth Fuhriman Gardner Prize for the Outstanding Woman Student in the Health Sciences.  She will receive the award during the College of Nursing’s Convocation on Friday, May 2, 2014.  Maureen is also a Hartford-Noorda Scholar and recipient of a fellowship from the Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging Research. As an Atlantic Philanthropies Health & Aging Policy Fellow in 2013-14, she worked in Washington, D.C. to draft legislation to improve legislation for older adults.  She is a member of the Bristlecone Pine Cohort, which was funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation to increase the number of faculty qualified to teach gerontologic nursing. 

Upcoming Events

Snowbird Ski Resort in FallSave the Date - September 15-16, 2014

12th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference: "Unlocking Doors across the Long Term Services and Support Spectrum"

This Year’s Conference Will be Held at the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort  

Presented By:  The Division of Geriatrics, University of Utah, School of Medicine

For more information, or to have your name added to the Rocky Mountain Conference email notification list, please contact Jack Christensen at (801)582-1565 x2435 or
Help spread the word by telling others who may be interested.


NOTE: This is not necessarily a comprehensive list. Please Search for additional opportunities at

Opening Date Title and Link to More Information Funding
1/5/2014 Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R01) also R03 and R21  PA-13-354
1/5/2013 Pain in Aging (R01) also R03 and R21 PA-13-058
5/5/2014 Early Stage Development of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science (R01) PA-14-155
5/5/2014 Alzheimer's Disease Pilot Clinical Trials (R01) PAR-14-089
5/5/2014 Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community (R01)  PA-14-161 
5/16/2014 Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community (R21)  PA-14-159 
8/23/2014 Design and Development of Novel Technologies for Healthy Independent Living (R21)  PAR-14-119 
8/23/2014 Technologies for Healthy Independent Living (R01)  PAR-14-118 


Center on Aging Membership Directory

As a mostly virtual Center, we depend on the accuracy and timeliness of our Web presence. Center members are urged to review and update their membership directory information. Please view your information on the Center’s Web site . Please send any updates or requests for changes to

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The bristlecone pine tree (Pinus longaeva) - the earth’s oldest inhabitant with a life span of almost 5,000 years - is found only in Utah and five other western states. Its extraordinary longevity and ability to adapt and survive in extremely harsh environmental conditions above 10,000 feet embodies the investigative spirit and mission of the Utah Center on Aging.

Mark A. Supiano, MD
Executive Director - Center on Aging
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Last Updated: 6/9/21