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December 2014 Issue | Volume 8, Number 12

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging 

Check Out The Utah Community Data Project

Center on Aging member Pam Perlich, PhD, is Director for the Utah Community Data Project, or UCDP, housed within the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business (DESB).  UCDP is dedicated to uncovering insights into Utah’s changing communities and to provide topical analyses on underlying trends – including aging.   

UCDP is building an information system and research program that will uncover insights into Utah’s changing communities and provide topical analyses on underlying trends.  With the help of the DESB IT group, a suite of open source on-line analytic processing and visualization tools, including Weave, has been developed.  At present there are 125 Weave visualizations. While many are basic demographics (including age, race and ethnicity), health outcome data from the Department of Health are also available. They have also developed a 2000 to 2010 tract level change data set so that changes can be examined over a ten year period.  A screen shot illustration that represents the change in the Salt Lake County geriatric population in this time frame is below.  Note that this powerful dynamic tool can focus in on specific age groups (the slider at the top selects 65-74, 75-84 and > 85 years) as well as zooming in on individual census tracks. 


UCDP will continue to collect, store, and disseminate an ever-expanding collection of community data in an online system that will be rich in customized cross-tabulations, dynamic data visualizations, and interactive geospatial representations.  Their work program includes demographic metrics as well as community indicators tracking economic stability, educational equity, health disparities, affordable housing opportunities, and other topics.  We encourage you to visit the UCDP site and explore the wealth of data relevant to Utah’s rapidly changing aging population. Visit The Utah Community Data Project at

Upcoming Research Presentations

Grand Rounds - Dept. of Medicine

January 7, 7:45 am, HSEB 1750

“Utah Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Update”

Shaida Talebreza, MD, HMDC - Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatrics
Peter P. Taillac, MD;  Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine
Medical Director for the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness, Utah Department of Health

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series on Aging

Monday, January 12 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm
“Stories from Diseases of the Self”
Nicholas Shifrar, BS
Graduate, University of Utah Department of Psychology

Monday, January 26 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm
“Disparities in Health Aging: African America Elders”
Michael Styles, MPA
Associate Director, Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services

These seminars are free and open to the public, held on Mondays from 12 PM – 1:30 PM (refreshments served) at the Goodwill Humanitarian building; Okazaki Community meeting room (155 B), beginning Monday, January 12, 2015 


2015 Research Retreat Save-The-Date

Dr. Kenneth RockwoodThursday April 2 - Friday April 3, 2015 are the dates for The 9th Annual Center on Aging Research Retreat. This event will follow a similar format as previous years, with a poster session on Thursday April 2, and a main session on Friday April 3 featuring our Keynote speaker and symposia. 

We are pleased to announce our guest keynote speaker will be Kenneth Rockwood, M.D., FRCPC, FRCP; Geriatrician, Professor, and Director of Geriatric Medicine Research at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The theme of the 2015 retreat will focus on "Comorbidities and Frailty". 

We encourage each Center on Aging (CoA) faculty member, their graduate students and trainees to attend.

Utah Commission on Aging


Music & Memory℠ Utah Coalition

The Music & Memory℠ Utah Coalition had its official launch this month. Local musician Kurt Bestor is acting as the Coalition's Musical Abassador and created a nice Public Service Announcement which can be watched on YouTube, or on the coalition's main webpage. Collection sites are listed on our website for new & used iPOD donations. Dr. Norman Foster and Dr. Troy Andersen are launching a new neuro-imaging research study in conjunction with the Music & Memory℠ program, and physical disabilities. 

We encourage you to visit the new Music & Memory℠ Utah Coalition Web page and Facebook Page. Please "Like" and "Share" with others to help the donation and recruiting effort!

Geriatric Nursing Update

Victoria Jacobs, PhD student in the Univeristy of Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, has successfully passed her oral and written exams and has been recommended for PhD candidacy.  Her proposal defense title is; "Influence of Falls, Frailty or Dementia on Health Outcomes of Older Individuals with Atrial Fibrillation, Treated with Oral Anticoagulation for the Prevention of Thromboembolism." 

Congratulations, Victoria!

NIH Grant Opportunity

The National Institute on Aging invites researchers to submit innovative R01 research grant applications on aging and the family.  The objective of this research program is to expand understanding of the role of families and interpersonal relationships in the health and wellbeing of older people. Go To PA-11-128

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

Dated Title and Link to More Information Funding
Expires 5/8/2015 Family and Interpersonal Relationships in an Aging Context (R01) PA-11-128
Posted 1/5/2014 Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R01) also R03 and R21  PA-13-354
Posted 1/5/2013 Pain in Aging (R01) also R03 and R21 PA-13-058
Posted 5/5/2013 Alcohol Use Disorders: Treatment, Services and Recovery Research (R01, also R03, R21) PA-13-160
Posted 1/5/2014 Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R01) also R03 and R21  PA-13-354
Posted 4/28/2014 Network and Infrastructure Support for Development of Interdisciplinary Aging Research (R24) PAR-14-081
Posted 5/5/2014 Early Stage Development of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science (R01) PA-14-155
Posted 5/5/2014 Alzheimer's Disease Pilot Clinical Trials (R01) PAR-14-089
Posted 5/5/2014 Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community (R01)  PA-14-161 
Posted 5/16/2014 Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community (R21)  PA-14-159 
Posted 5/23/2014 Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (P30) RFA-AG-15-003
Posted 7/04/2014 Research Supplements for Aging Research on Health Disparities (Admin Supp) PA-14-256
Posted 7/05/2014 Lab to Marketplace: Tools for Brain and Behavioral Research (R43/R44)  PA-14-250
Posted 8/23/2014 Design and Development of Novel Technologies for Healthy Independent Living (R21)  PAR-14-119 
Posted 8/23/2014 Technologies for Healthy Independent Living (R01)  PAR-14-118 


Center on Aging Membership Directory

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Mark A. Supiano, MD
Executive Director - Center on Aging
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