Successful Aging Begins Here
by Pamela S. Crabtree, MLS
Living a successful, fulfilled and quality life is a goal most people strive to achieve. The Center for Health and Successful Living and the Center for Successful Aging assist our local community in achieving those goals, helping to battle aging and infirmities.
Center for Health and Successful Living
Dr. Timothy Jordan, PhD and Dr. Amy Thompson, PhD are Co-Directors of the Center for Health and Successful Living. The Center, which opened in 2013, is funded solely from grants and Dr. Jordan said the “major and faithful funders are the Susan G. Komen Organization, The American Cancer Society and Lambie’s Legacy.” Lambie’s Legacy: The Margaret Lamb Guyton Stout Fund is a local organization founded in memory of Lambie, who fought valiantly and selflessly against breast cancer. “The Center also works closely with Rocket Wellness, the UT employee health entity. They also have a satellite office in our Center” said Dr. Jordan.
Most of the services that the Center for Health and Successful Living offer are on UT’s Main Campus and there is no fee for many of the services which include Quality of Life Events, Book Club and the Pink Sneaker Exercise Group. There is a nominal fee for programs that require supplies, such as with Art Therapy.
Dr. Jordan said that the Center “has been broadened since its inception and become a hub of collaboration” by offering resources, education and supportive services for individuals living with chronic disease. Though the Center does not provide medical services, they offer patient navigation through the vast resources available in our community.
Dr. Jordan said there are about “a hundred members” of the Center, with most being female African American Cancer survivors. Most members are from Lucas County.
UT students are also an integral part of the Center and have several student action teams that venture off-campus to help those most in need. The action teams, under the supervision of faculty members, are made up of master and doctoral students as coaches with undergraduate students as team members.
Center for Successful Aging
Dr. Barbara Kopp Miller, PhD is the Administrative Director of the Center for Successful Aging. The Center has been in existence since 2000 and is funded by the University of Toledo. Dr. Kopp Miller said the Center’s “main goals are education, research and service. The Center has educated over 17,000 students, professionals and the community” on numerous topics such as “Grief and bereavement, stress and aging, sexuality and aging and care giving.”
The Center, in collaboration with the Metroparks, offers a walking program on UT’s main campus for employees and a walking program for the community at Wildwood and Pearson Metroparks. Additionally, Dr. Kopp Miller said the Center offers a number of educational programs such as “a graduate certificate in Contemporary Gerontological Practice, continuing education presentations for healthcare professionals and they give community presentations on aging topics.”
Both Centers offer a wealth of information, education, programs, services and activities to enhance the quality of life in our community. Both Centers have offices in the Health and Human Services Building, Room 1100, on the University of Toledo’s Main Campus. The Center for Successful Aging also has an office in the Collier Building on UT’s Health Science Campus.
For information on the Center for Aging visit utoledo.edu or call 419-530-5208. For more information on the Center for Health and Successful Living visit utoledo.edu or call 419-530-5199