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Center for the Study of Aging History and Major Accomplishments



Major Accomplishments


  • Three year award from Congress to establish the Center for the Study of Aging; funding through the Agency on Aging (only 2 years of funding received)
  • Year 1 funding: $245,000
  • Annette Totten, PhD hired as full-time director


  • Center staffed by Director, Research Associate, Administrative Support, and a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)
  • Year 2 funding: $391,642
  • Idaho Statewide End of Life Survey and Report
  • Establishment of CSA Advisory Board


  • Implementation of Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
  • Idaho Summit on Elder Abuse and Exploitation
  • OSHER Institute Assessment


  • Idaho Commissions on Aging (ICOA) Statewide Needs Assessment
  • Informal Caregivers and Health Literacy Survey


  • Holly Beard, PhD hired as part-time director
  • health & Welfare Living well i Idaho (formerly known as Project Life) Evaluation, 2007-present
  • Finding the Gaps: A State Inventory of Long-Term care Servicesand Needs; conducted for the National Governors Association


  • Sarah Toevs, PhD appointed as director
  • ¬†Elizabeth (Lee) Hannah engaged as research faculty
  • ICOA Aging and Disability Resource Center Quality Assurance project
  • National Alzheimer’s Association policy Advocacy Project\CSA Strategic Planning and Community-based Needs Assessment
  • Formation of Justice Alliance for Vulnerable Adults, CPEA funding; 2010-present
  • Partnered with Idaho Area Health Education Center (AHEC) to promote Living Well in Idaho


  • Denice Goodrich Liley, PhD, appointed as associate director
  • Idaho Summit on Elder Abuse and Exploitation and Scam Jam
  • Establishment of the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group
  • Health & Welfare Fit and Fall Proof Evaluation; 2010-present
  • Impact Analysis of Idaho’s Money Follows Person Medicaid Program
  • Intergenerational Learning Project with students from College of Business and Economics and OSHER Institute


  • Idaho State Center for Independent Living Employment Services Analysis
  • Formation of Idaho Lifespan Respite Coalition with support from ARCH
  • ICOA Statewide Needs Assessment
  • COMPASS Needs Assessment of Homebound Individuals
  • Passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 112 in Support of the Development of an Idaho Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
  • Coordination with Nampa Family Justice Center and Boise FAES Family Justice Center on Elder Abuse Prevention Training
  • Submission of ARCH Lifespan Respite Infrastructure Grant with ICOA
  • Submission of Wraparound Legal Services Grant with Idaho Legal Aid
  • Justice Alliance for Vulnerable Adults (JAVA) Summit
  • Mike Berlin and Mary Holden join staff of Center