Healthy Aging Speaker Series

The Healthy Aging Speaker Series showcases the latest in aging research coming from CSU faculty and students. These lunch-and-learn-style talks occur on a monthly basis and feature speakers who specialize in biological, cognitive, psychological, social, and behavioral factors of aging.

 Owner/Operator of Home Helpers Home Care, Kate Ricke, presents information to assist individuals and caregivers in understanding and preparing for Alzheimer’s disease.

Allyson Brothers, an assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies at CSU, introduces us to Senior Access Points, an organization that helps older adults and family members find aging-related resources in Larimer County. Brothers discusses SAP’s plans for expansion and presents the results of their rural community assessment conducted in 2019.

Devin Wahl, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Tom LaRocca’s Healthspan Biology Laboratory, reviews caloric restriction as an anti-aging intervention and describes how transcripts from non-coding repetitive elements in the genome may play a role in age-related disease.

Investigators Nina Silverstein and Celeste Beaulieu from UMass Boston share their framework for assessing age-inclusivity in higher education and present preliminary findings from CSU’s gap analysis conducted in early spring 2021.

Karyn Hamilton — a professor of Health and Exercise Science and associate director here at the Center — describes findings from three sets of studies that examine whether exercise extends healthspan when combined with therapeutics, including metformin, SGLT2 inhibitors, and Nrf2 activators.

Assistant Professor of Health and Exercise Science, Brett Fling, discusses movement deficits that accompany the natural aging process and how impaired communication between the right and left sides of the brain can result in a lack of coordination.

Watch More from the Healthy Aging Speakers Series:

Great Danes & Grandads: How Man’s Best Friends Hold the Key to Changing Aging. Listen to Nicole Ehrhart, director of the Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging, offer insight into what we’re learning from canines to promote healthy aging in humans.

Ideas on How to Increase Healthspan. Hear from CHA faculty researcher Tom LaRocca on how his lab uses translational science to understand healthspan and the hallmarks of aging.

Managing Parkinson’s. CSU dance professor, Lisa Morgan, discusses how Parkinson’s patients can use dance therapy to combat stiffness and lack of rhythm and develop their balance, strength, and gait.

Aging Well with Mindfulness. In this talk, Stephanie Rayburn – a marriage and family therapist and doctoral student in Applied Developmental Science at CSU – teaches about the benefits of mindfulness for reducing stress, managing our emotions, tending to our relationships, and more.

Lifespan Modifiers of Brain Aging. Aga Burzynska, an assistant professor in CSU’s Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies and the Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurosciences Program, reviews her research on modifiable lifestyle factors — including physical activity, exercise, sedentariness, and occupational exposures — and their effects on cognitive health.

Determinants of Driving Function in Older Adults. Assistant professor Neha Lodha of Health and Exercise Science discusses how disease and aging impair driving ability and ways to promote safe driving in older adults.

Advance Care Planning. Mindy Rickard of the Health District of Northern Larimer County takes us through the variety of care directives that are available, including living wills, power of attorney and “do not resuscitate” documents, and more.

Banking on a New Understanding. In this talk, Marta Castelhano of Cornell University describes what biobanking is, how the Cornell Veterinary Biobank received accreditation, and how biobanking is applied in comparative aging research.

Shifting Perspectives around COVID-19: Effects of Vaccinations: CSU Director Emeritus of Biosafety, Bob Ellis, introduces us to the science behind COVID-19 vaccines: how they’re produced, how they received FDA emergency-use authorization, and how vaccination will aid with herd immunity.