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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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