Center for Aging Science & Care Innovation Overview

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Our center was established to lead gerontological nursing research, education, and practice by generating new knowledge, disseminating findings, and translating research into practice which serves local and global needs to improve the health of older individuals, their families, and communities.

About our Center

To improve the health and well-being of aging adults through nursing science, education, practice and collaboration.

The Center for Aging Science and Care Innovation is committed to improving the health, quality of life, and delivery of quality nursing care to older adults of diverse cultures. Center faculty are strengthening and expanding partnerships with community agencies and organizations that will advance gerontological nursing research and its utilization in practice and education.

Our mission

To lead collaborative initiatives to transform the health and care of aging adults and their caregivers through interprofessional research, education, and practice

The Center for Aging Science and Care innovation is committed is improving the health, quality of life, and delivery of quality nursing care is older adults of diverse cultures.

Center faculty are strengthening and expanding partnerships with community agencies and organizations that will advance gerontological nursing research and its utilization in practice and education.

Our vision

Optimal health and care for all adults as they age

We lead collaborative intitiatives to transform the health and care of aging adults and their caregivers through interprofessional research, education, and practices.

Our areas of excellence

Heath promotion and management of common acute and chronic conditions and symptoms experienced by aging adults, (i.e., peripheral artery disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease, dementia), physical activity as therapy, prevention and management of geriatric syndromes (i.e., falls, frailty, cognitive impairment, urinary incontinence), cognitive training, care-giving, improving quality and safety in long term care, and aging care models.

Overarching Strategic Goal

Establish a scientific hub within the University for community-based and clinical research on the health and care of aging adults and their caregivers

  • Goal 1: Convene nursing, interprofessional faculty, and community partners to advance research, education, and practice related to the clinical care of aging adults and their caregivers
  • Goal 2: Lead community-based and clinical research that will benefit the health, independence, and well-being of diverse aging adults and their caregivers
  • Goal 3: Mentor the current and future workforce of nursing and interprofessional scientists, educators, and practitioners pursuing careers in clinical aging
     

News

(April 2021) News from the Center for Aging Science and Care Innovation.

The Minnesota Northstar Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program collaborated with Saint Louis University’s Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gateway Workforce Enhancement Program for a virtual Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition, with a University of Minnesota team being named the winner.

Christine Mueller, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, professor, senior executive associate dean for Academic Programs and Long Term Care Professor in Nursing, was appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes.

Center for Aging Science and Care Innovation

Associate Professor Niloufar Hadidi, PhD, APRN, CNS-BC, FANA, was selected as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing from the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) Recognition Program.