Centers and Outreach Programs

Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging


People in general are living longer and that is great news, but it also creates a need for addressing critical challenges related to age-related diseases and disabilities. Even more important, it challenges us to consider ways to promote successful, healthy aging so people can live the healthiest and most productive lives.

The Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging, launched with a generous $5 million gift from Bob and Kitty Wilson, owners of Columbine Health Systems, is poised to address these challenges by serving as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research, education, and community engagement around cutting-edge issues involved in healthy and successful aging.

The Center will unite current expertise and active research programs at CSU in the biological and psychological/sociological aspects of healthy aging, basic and translational science, and integration of animal and human models of aging. True to CSU’s land-grant heritage, a significant focus of activity will involve community engagement and the translation of scientific discoveries to programs and policies that support successful aging.

The Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging will house an integrated suite of offices and lab spaces in the CSU Health and Medical Center. The Center will house faculty who are engaging in cutting-edge research on biological, cognitive, psychological, social, and behavioral factors that lead to healthy and successful aging. The Center leverages and brings together extensive existing research on aging at the university, and offers new opportunities for research and community programs.

CSU has a long history of aging-related research, and this beautiful new center will provide a collaborative, state-of-the-art space to bring successful researchers together from across disciplines to work toward innovative solutions that support healthy and successful aging. Opening in Fall 2017, the Center will provide an environment in which cross-disciplinary research can take place and innovative ideas can more easily flourish.

In addition to the research activities, part of the mission of the Center is to offer outreach services such as neuropsychological testing and counseling services for older adults and their families.

The research programs and outreach activities, as well as student educational opportunities will be hosted in coordination with the College of Health and Human Sciences, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

More information on the CSU Health and Medical Center and the Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging:
New health, medical center planned as gateway to campus
CSU Health and Medical Center tops out at halfway point in construction