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Center on Aging/MAGEC
420 Delaware St. SE
D351 Mayo Mem. Bldg
Mayo Mail Code 197
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-624-1185


The Center on Aging is housed in the School of Public Health and enjoys the active participation of many faculty and staff from colleges and schools across the University, including the Medical School, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, School of Kinesiology, the Humphrey Institute, the School of Social Work, the College of Education and Human Development, and various departments in the College of Liberal Arts.

Announcements and Coming Events  

Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Late Life Disability

is the title of the lecture to be presented by Dr. Benjamin Capistrant, the current Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies, at the spring general meeting of the Health Disparities Work Group on Friday, March 27, at 12:00PM in Mayo A301. Refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP to

The Spring 2015 Edition of Old News is Now Available!

The newest issue of the Center on Aging newsletter addresses the long-term care labor crisis, continues our series "Perspectives on Retirement", shares the Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging's core values, recognizes award recipients, and highlights several upcoming events and educational programs that we hope will be of interest to you.

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Students Interested in Aging Studies

Develop new skills, build your resume, meet new people, and make a difference!

You are invited for pizza and a panel discussion led by community and student volunteers from Southeast Seniors, an non-profit community organization devoted to helping people age 65 and over remain in their homes. Come and learn about this innovative organization and how you can get involved!
Date: Thursday, April 9, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Location: Mayo Memorial Building, room D325
Free! Register here!

Center on Aging Distinguished Lectures

Thirty Years of Long-term Care Research

Join the Center on Aging and the Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center (MAGEC) for a lecture by Vincent Mor, PhD, summarizing his 30 years of research on long-term care in America; how it is financed, how quality can improve, how the market and consumers influence and shape long-term care, and the need for well designed research to evaluate and assess residents’ experiences in order to determine the best interventions. Professor Mor has served as principal investigator for over 30 National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded grants and has published widely on long-term care policy. Co-sponsored with the Minneapolis VA Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Center.  Free and open to all, but registration is required.
Date: Monday, April 13, 2015
Time: 11: 30 AM - 1:00 PM
: Mayo Memorial Building, room D330

Civil Rights, Medicare, and the Secret Struggle to Transform Health Care

Presented by David Barton Smith, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Fox School of Business and Management, Temple University. Professor Smith is the author of several books, over forty journal articles, and many research projects on the history and legacy of racial segregation and health care. This lecture will address the narrowing of health disparities after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, explore why and how it happened, the disparities that persist, and the lessons this experience offers to current efforts to assure equity in access to health care. Professor Smith is the first University of Minnesota Health Disparities Work Group Visiting Scholar. The title of this lecture is taken from Dr. Smith's next book, The Neglected Gift: Medicare, Civil Rights and the Secret Struggle to Transform Health Care,  Vanderbilt Press 2016. 
Date: Thursday., May 7, 2015
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Location: Mayo Memorial Building, room 3-125
Click here to go to the registration form.

The Transitional Care Model: A Journey from Evidence to Impact

The Transitional Care Model (TCM), designed by Dr. Mary Naylor and a multidisciplinary team of colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, addresses the negative effects associated with common breakdowns in care when older adults transition from hospitals to their homes or other care settings. Importantly, the TCM focuses on achieving longer-term positive outcomes by preparing patients and family caregivers to more effectively manage common changes in health associated with multiple chronic conditions. A team-based model led by advanced practice nurses, the TCM emphasizes coordination and continuity of care, prevention and avoidance of complications, and close clinical treatment and management—all accomplished with the active engagement of patients and their family caregivers and collaboration with hospital and community-based providers. With the support of numerous foundations, the TCM has been successfully translated into diverse health systems and community-based organizations. Multiple NIH-funded clinical trials have consistently demonstrated the positive impact of the TCM on older adults’ outcomes while reducing total costs of healthcare.
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM, Reception to follow
: Weaver Densford Hall, room 4-120
Click here to register.

MGS Annual Conference: Designing Our Destiny

This year's conference includes many information sessions, poster presentations for current gerontology students and faculty, plus a keynote address by former US Senator David Durenberger.
Date and time: April 24, 2015, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, Minn.
The Center on Aging and MAGEC are co-sponsors of this event. For all details and to register, visit


MAGEC/Center on Aging Summer Institute 2015: Using Technology to Improve Care Today and Tomorrow

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: 9 AM-4 PM
Place: Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, Minn.
A tentative agenda is available here. Full details and registration information will be available soon.




GEMs (Geriatric Education Modules)

This collection of web-based training courses is designed for professionals who work with older adults, educators, and students in aging studies. GEMs are developed by experts in a variety of relevant fields. Each GEM includes a narrated slide presentation. The modules are free of charge.



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