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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   

The Impact of Hoarding on Seniors

is the topic  of the next MAGEC/MGS webinar, set for Thursday, August 21, 12 noon to 1 pm., to be presented by Janet R. Yeats, MA, LMFT. Ms Yeats is a co-founder of the Hoarding Project and is on the faculty of St. Mary's University in the MA program in Marriage & Family Therapy. For complete details and to register, visit

The Summer 2014 issue of Old News is Available Now

In the newest edition of Old News includes a summary of MAGEC's Summer Institute and the Learning and Teaching about Aging program, we continue our series "Perspectives on Retirement", plus features on the future of long-term care, a new academic course on demography and disability to be taught by Ben Capistrant, ScD, and other stories.


MAGEC Learning & Teaching about Aging 2014-2015

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 MAGEC Learning and Teaching about Aging cohort. Space is limited for this innovative program designed to augment participants' knowledge and improve their teeaching skills. Complete information and the application are available here. Questions? Call the Center on Aging at 612-624-3904, or email Applications are due August 15.

2014-2015 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies

Benjamin Capistrant, ScD  has been awarded the 2014-2015 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies. Dr. Capistrant is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health Division of Epidemiology and Community Health and is also a member of the Minnesota Population Center. Dr. Capistrant earned both his master's and doctoral degrees in social epidemiology at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. He will use the Fesler-Lampert award to continue his research on the effects of caregiving on the health of caregivers, with the long-term goal of improving caregivers' physical health.  

Center on Aging Awards Shelley Joseph-Kordell Scholarships for 2014-2015

For 2014-2015, the Center on Aging has selected three exceptional students for the award: Heather Davila, MPA, who is pursuing her doctorate in evaluation studies in the College of Education and Human Devlopment; Melanie Jackson, who is working on her PhD in family social science in the College of Education and Human Development; and Breanna Wheeler, who is completing her master's degree in the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to graduate students who intend to pursue careers that serve the interests of older adults. The scholarship, founded in 2004, honors the legacy of Shelley Joseph-Kordell, a 1971 graduate of the U of M and founder of one of the earliest geriatric care mangment companies. Ms Joseph-Kordell was recognized as a prescient and compassionate leader in her profession until her tragic death in 2003.  

Minnesota Board on Aging Appointment

Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Center on Aging's Pat Schommer to the Minnesota Board on Aging. Pat joined the CoA as Associate Director in 2011, continuing her lengthy career in serving older adults and long-term care. The Board on Aging serves to advise, educate, and advocate for older Minnesotans to ensure they age well and live well.

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Center on Aging hosts Taiwan Delegation

A delegation of four physicians from Taichung Hospital, in Taichung, Taiwan June 18-20, led by Taichung Hospital director Dr. Meng-Chih Lee, who is also a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (MPH, '87). While here, they met with U of M faculty and geriatricians  to share information and ideas on providing health care and long-term care for older adults.


(Left to right: Miao-Yu Liao, MD, MS; Rosalie Kane, PhD; Ching-Feng Lin, MD, MPH,PhD; Robert Kane, MD; Chung-Liang Lai, MD, MPH; and Meng-Chih Lee, MD, PhD, MPH.)

Alzheimer's studies point to new care options

Here is a story about new research about care giving and Alzheimer's disease by Cathy Wurzer, MPR News. The article features an interview with Robert Kane, MD, professor and director of the Center on Aging.

In addition, Olivia Mastry of the ACT on Alzheimer's collaboration appeared on the April 11 edition of Almanac with Cathy Wurzer and Eric Eskola to discuss this initiative. The Center on Aging is a member of ACT on Alzheimer's.

GEMs (Geriatric Education Modules)

GEMs, brought to you by the University of Minnesota Center on Aging, are a collection of informative web-based training courses 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 and ends with a short quiz to test your knowledge. The modules are free of charge.


The seventh edition of Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics by Robert Kane, Joseph Ouslander, Itamar Abrass, and Barbara Resnick is now available.

For nearly three decades, the goal of Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics has remained unchanged: to help clinicians do a better job of caring for their older patients. You will find thorough and authoritative coverage of all the important issues in geriatrics, along with concise, practical guidance on the diagnosis and treatment of the diseases and disorders most commonly encountered in an elderly patient.





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