``The Center for Excellence in Aging & Longevity (CEAL) spearheads efforts to meet the current and emerging challenges of healthy aging across the lifespan.``
Facing the Challenge
Read the announcement – It’s official! SDSU is now one of 77 global universities committed to educate, innovate, research and support an inclusive approach to healthy and active aging across the lifespan. SDSU President Adela de la Torre received notice that SDSU has been accepted into the Age-Friendly University Global Network (AFU).
The Social Policy Institute has been instrumental in gaining SDSU’s designation as Age-Friendly University and is now the lead entity for this new initiative. Stay connected with us to follow along and see how becoming an AFU will impact families and communities for generations to come.
Older Adults are the fastest growing segment of our population. Education, services, systems, and communities need to adjust to meet the changing needs of an aging society.
The Center for Excellence in Aging & Longevity will focus on:
- Longevity: Helping older adults identify and develop approaches to find meaning and purpose for the extended lifespan post-retirement.
- Workforce Partnerships: Develop and implement training and employment opportunities for AND by older adults, their family caregivers, and aging sector/industry.
- Age-Friendly University (AFU): Establish inter-departmental collaboration to facilitate learning for a lifetime, inclusive of diverse students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community stakeholders.
- Research and Policy: Develop and promote individual, family, and community pathways and processes to improve quality of life and equitable opportunities for older adults.
In The End
Social Policy Institute endeavors to create a comprehensive, age-friendly university complete with a Center for Excellence in Aging & Longevity.
“Training future professionals and leaders to support older adults is an important part of our work, but it does not end there,” said Steven Hornberger, Director of SDSU’s Social Policy Institute. “Sometimes, the most meaningful thing you can do for a person is to help them see opportunities to participate and to engage with their community and, through that, feel valued and appreciated,” Hornberger said. “Our focus is to assist all San Diego’s older adults to live long and healthy lives of equity, opportunity and wellness.”