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Welcome to the Center for the Study of Aging

Welcome to the Center for the Study of Aging (CSA) at Boise State University. The Center’s multidisciplinary approach to aging offers a comprehensive learning experience with a focus on community engagement. Activities of the Center are guided by the philosophy that aging is a lifetime endeavor. It is not a condition to be treated or an event that happens at a particular age, but rather a process that unfolds over the course of one’s life.

This life span perspective creates a wide array of opportunities to promote healthy aging that recognizes the inter-relatedness of systems and supports. We value the need for research, advocacy, and collaboration in our efforts to assure that everyone has the opportunity to age well. As an example, in 2015 researchers with the Center established a community-university partnership with the Boise City Parks and Recreation Department, to conduct an age-friendly assessment of the community.  The project, based on a model developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), provided the city with action-focused information gathered from older adults, caregivers of older adults, and organizations who provide services to older adults in Boise.  This work exemplifies the mission of the Center as a catalyst for change with the goal of assuring that communities in Idaho are equipped to help people lead fulfilling lives.

I encourage you to explore the resources available through the CSA. We look forward to working and learning with you.

Sarah E Toevs, PhD
Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Aging
Boise State University

10th Annual Family Caregiver Conference

The 10th Annual Family Caregiver Conference will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. using the “Zoom” virtual platform. More details coming soon.

This is a day to celebrate caregivers across the lifespan.


The Center for the Study of Aging was established in September 2004 as a joint project of the Boise State University College of Health Sciences and the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, now the School of Public Service. The initiation of the center was supported by a grant from the Administration on Aging (AoA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. See Center History for highlights of Center accomplishments since its inception.

Vision and Mission

The Center serves as a catalyst for change, bringing together members of the community, researchers, and clinicians to help people lead longer and more fulfilling lives.

Our mission is to advance the well-being of older people by assuring that the university, our communities and our society prepare for the coming social revolution: the aging of the population.  Such preparation requires research, education, and collaboration to:

  • increase awareness of aging-related issues
  • produce knowledge about how to improve quality of life as we age
  • foster expertise among faculty, policy makers, and community organizations
  • promote expertise and careers in aging

College of Health Sciences

The College of Health Sciences strives to provide high quality, affordable, relevant education to its students and the campus community through health-related initiatives and resources. The college believes that students can learn more from each other through interprofessional education learning opportunities to advance life-long health in global communities. Below is the list of schools, resources, and initiatives housed in the College of Health Sciences.

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