Aging awareness: A meaningful life for seniors and caregivers

Sara Qualls

CU on the Air examines the many facets and concerns of aging with Sara Honn Qualls, professor of psychology, Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies and director of the Aging Center and the Gerontology Center at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Host Ken McConnellogue talks with Dr. Qualls about:

  • Services available through UCCS and its community partners to aging citizens and their families, such as:
    • Baseline and advanced neurological screenings.
    • Aging families and caregiver workshops and coaching.
    • Support groups.
  • The benefits and disadvantages of increased cultural awareness on aging:
    • More research and resources available to assist the aging.
    • The fear of dementia and memory loss creating fear and anxiety.
  • What’s normal in aging and what isn’t.
  • Social isolation in aging versus finding and maintaining meaning in life.
  • Dialogue between the caregiver and the care recipient to be partners in care.
  • A grant on studying the use of marijuana in aging populations.
  • Planning ahead.
  • Building assisted living communities around meaningful activities that boost seniors’ strength and mobility.

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  1. I really appreciate the opportunity to hear a great interview and so much knowledge from Sara Honn Qualls. I am a Master student at CU Boulder in Media and Public Engagement at CMCI. I am so touch about the idea of bringing students and exposing them about aging. I am doing research about older adults about how they can keep up with information and engagement with a concentration on Hispanic community. From memory to use of cannabis she cover everything and hope to learn how to better run a research about what is happening with the Latino population that is aging isolated because of culture and language not to even mention the political situation nowadays. I would like to help our community to plan, decisions, resources, attention to health plus real engagement.

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