After several months of preparation, the Mini-Retreat on Aging took place in late May and to our delight, was a huge success! Our partners in aging came from 8 different colleges and schools, and many, many different departments and inititiaves within those colleges, including the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Optometry, Fisher College of Business, College of Pharmacy, and more. The Dean of the College of Medicine, Dr. Charles Lockwood, and the Dean of the College of Social Work, Dr. Tom Gregoire, kicked off the meeting. Their attendance and comments emphasize the importance and need for growing and improving research, education and the care of older adults across the OSU campus and in our community. And the Mini-Retreat on Aging is an important step for our partners in aging to address and discuss these very issues.
At the Mini-Retreat on Aging, we explored current campus-wide resources that already support and/or advance aging research, teaching and service. We also talked about what aging could look like at OSU in a perfect world (raining money anybody?). What about having more robust programs for caring for older patients? Why not have education programs in aging for both older adults and OSU students? How about having a campus-wide, interprofessional Center on Aging? These are just a few of the ideas that were shared at the retreat.
Finally, we focused on how to make these goals and ideas into reality by making a commitment to advance aging initiatives at OSU. Some attendees plan to call or connect with newly discovered colleagues to discuss research initiatives. Others will focus on better educating the OSU community about current OSU programs or resources that already exist and that may already advance the field of aging.
For those of you who were able to attend the Mini-Retreat on Aging, we greatly appreciated your participation, your enthusiasm, and your artful renderings of advancing the field of aging at OSU. Of course, we were so sorry that some of our friends in aging were not able to attend. Luckily, we expect to have a full report available on the Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology website at the end of June or early July, 2013 for those of you who attended the mini-retreat, our friends in aging who could not attend, and those of you simply interested in what we are doing. We hope you take the time to review this document and hope that you will be able to join us for future aging events at OSU!