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Faculty and Student Research

The Center offers faculty, students, staff and community-partners a unique platform for disciplinary and interdisciplinary applied research related to healthy aging.  The following reports and position papers are evidence of the work conducted through the Center.

Research projects that inform and guide the development of programs and policies that help everyone age well.

City of Boise Age-friendly Assessment, 2015

Researchers with the Center for the Study of Aging conducted an age-friendly assessment of Boise using a model developed by the World Health Organization. Learn more >>

Idaho Commission on Aging Needs Assessment Survey, 2012

The Center for the Study of Aging collected the opinions of those 50 and older to provide information for future planning for the long-term care needs of older Idahoans.  In addition the findings were compared with those gathered in 2008 and used to identify changes in the older adult population in Idaho. Learn more >>

Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS): Needs Assessment of Individuals Who Are Homebound

Students and researchers working through the Center for the Study of Aging designed and implemented a survey to examine the service delivery needs among individuals who are homebound due to disability and/or old age.  Recruitment of participants was limited to individuals receiving services from Meals on Wheels providers in Ada and Canyon counties.  Of the 113 survey respondents, 62.8% were female, living alone (70.8%), and had an annual income of less than $25,000 (69%).  Over 50% of respondents indicated a need for:  Home Delivered Meals, EMS, Homemaker Services, Transportation, Medical Care, Home Health Aide, Shopping Assistance, Dental Care, Home Repair, Benefits Counseling, and Yard Care.  The services most commonly identified as both needed and unaffordable were Dental Care, Homemaker Services, and Transportation. Learn more >>

The Alzheimer’s Crisis: a national and Idaho perspective, 2012

As part of a graduate policy class, Robyn Chamberlain, developed a position paper on the Alzheimer’s Crisis in the US. Learn more >>

Employment Related Supports: Opportunities and Challenges for the Idaho Home Choice Program

An understanding of the processes and policies that impact employment for individuals with disabilities and older adults is essential as the state implements the Idaho Home Choice Program (IHCP).   The IHCP is designed to support the transition of individuals with disabilities and older adults from long-term institutional care into home and community-based settings.   This report provides a systems analysis of employment supports in Idaho and was prepared for the Idaho State Centers for Independent Living. Learn more >>

Idaho Commission on Aging Needs Assessment Survey, 2012

The Center for the Study of Aging was selected to conduct a statewide survey of individuals 50 years and older. The information will be used to inform the Commission’s Strategic Plan and guide future initiatives. Learn more >>

Idaho Fit and Fall Proof TM (FFP) Program Sustainability Assessment, 2011

A sustainability assessment of the Fit and Fall Proof™ Program (FFP) was conducted by the Center for the Study of Aging at the request of the Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition Program (IPAN), Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW). The assessment included two activities:
  1. a survey of participants in the FFP program Learn more >>
  2. and a survey of public health district coordinators of the FFP program. Learn more >>

2011 Idaho Summit on Elder Abuse and Exploitation: identifying priority issues in Idaho report

One of the outcomes of the Summit for Elder Abuse and Exploitation held in June 2011 was the identification of priority issues for Idaho. The report was produced by researchers from the Center in collaboration with members from the Justice Alliance for Vulnerable Adults (JAVA). Learn more >>

Finding the Gaps: A state inventory of long-term care services and needs in Idaho, 2008

The Center for the Study of Aging was commissioned by the National Governors Association to conduct a comprehensive inventory of available long-term care services in Idaho.  Learn more >>

Idaho Commission on Aging Needs Assessment Survey, 2008

The Center for the Study of Aging collected the opinions of those 50 and older to provide information for future planning for the long-term care needs of older Idahoans. Learn more >>