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January 2015 Issue | Volume 9, Number 1

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging 

Research Retreat: Call For Posters!

We are now accepting posters for the 2015 Research Retreat [April 2-3, 2015]. The Poster Session will be held Thursday April 2, 2015 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM in the atrium of the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology / USTAR Building 36 South Wasatch Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.

Poster Submission deadline is Thursday, March 12th, 2014. All Center on Aging pilot grant recipients, members, affiliates and their trainees are encouraged to present a poster. Full retreat details and instructions can be found on the Center on Aging website news page at
Download the Poster Submission Instruction PDF Here.

Upcoming Meetings of Interest

Utah Senior Day

Thursday February 19 • 9:00 am - 2:30 PM State Office Building Auditorium

Download the informational flyer here

Grand Rounds - Geriatrics Division

February 3, 8:00 am, HSEB 3515C

Don Ericson, MD
Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
UU School of Medicine
“Assessing balance, gait, and assistive device needs: Practical clinical considerations for safe mobility and exercise promotion”

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series on Aging

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

Monday, February 212:00 – 1:30 pm

“A Disability Studies Perspective on Aging”
Cathy Chambless, PhD
Research Associate, University of Utah Center for Public Policy & Administration and Co-coordinator, University of Utah Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies.

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 



We are pleased to announce the creation and launch of a newly revised Utah State Provider Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) / Life With Dignity Order (LWDO). This updated form was created by a consortium leadership team under the direction of the Utah Commission on Aging. It is designed to be much more streamlined and user-friendly.

Please be sure to spread the news and share this new link with your circles of influence.

Note: A Spanish version is still being worked on but will be posted as soon as possible. 

"Aging in Community" Workshop

A five-week workshop is being offered by Sage Hill Cohousing exploring the popular Danish model of independent living for 50+ "Aging in Community".

Featured guest speaker during this series will be COA Member Keith Diaz Moore, Ph.D., AIA, Dean, College of Architecture + Planning. The workshop will be held on consecutive Saturdays beginning February 21 from 9:30 am - 12 noon at Wasatch Commons. For more details visit:

Approximately 70% of this workshop series is designed to address the social, demographic and economic realities of aging in the 21st Century - exploring the importance of supportive relationships, common purpose, co-care, shared resources, and environmental stewardship.  The other 30% will focus on the built environment and how we create community out of carefully considered spaces that embrace aging.

Utah Commission on Aging


Music & Memory℠ Utah Coalition

The Music & Memory℠ Utah Coalition had its official launch in December. Local musician Kurt Bestor is acting as the Coalition's Musical Abassador and has created a nice Public Service Announcement which can be watched on YouTube, or on the coalition's main webpage. Collection sites are listed for donations of used iPODs or iTunes gift-cards. 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 please "like" and "share" their Facebook Page.

Save-The-Date April 24 Telecast

Caring Connections will again be hosting the Annual Hospice Foundation of America: Living with Grief telecast. This year’s presentation will be “The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.”

The event will take place in the morning of Friday, April 24th at the University of Utah College of Nursing Annette Poulson Cumming Building (10 south 2000 East, Salt Lake City).  There will be no cost for registration, which will open in early February. Please save the date—and watch for  additional details on their webpage. To be added to the Caring Connections newsletter & event mailing list, please contact Shawna Rees

Geriatric Nursing Spotlight

Michelle Litchman, PhD student in the Bristlecone Pine cohort of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, has successfully defended her dissertation entitled, A Multiple Method Analysis of Peer Health in the Diabetes Online Community.   

Congratulations Michelle!

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

Member Updates Requested

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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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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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