Health & Wellness Issues You Must Know About Right Now

New programs, novel treatments, nitty-gritty research, ongoing clinical trials, astute diagnostics, big-data sharing, forthcoming facilities, and state health statistics—and more!—that are important to every Coloradan’s well-being.

August 2015

—Dan Saelinger/Trunk Archive

Digital Checkup

Ten years ago, what we knew about our bodies was confined to manila folders locked away in doctors’ offices. Now, our health data has been set free, thanks to a growing number of applications on phones, laptops and tablets, and fitness-tracking devices. Solutions from the following Colorado-based startups combine our local-is-better tendencies with ways to more effectively monitor our health and fitness.

—Mary Clare Fischer

Old School

DU focuses studies on the elderly.

University of denver’s much-anticipated Knoebel Center for the Study of Aging will ramp up this September, when newly hired director Lotta Granholm-Bentley arrives in Denver. The center, which has been in the works since 2010, will be housed in a currently under-construction building slated to open in summer 2016. In the meantime, Granholm-Bentley will begin the tasks of hiring a grant writer and a program coordinator and schmoozing research and business partners. We asked her—along with DU chancellor Rebecca Chopp—to list a few of the ways that they envision the center will educate students and benefit the community.

» Granholm-Bentley wants the center to ultimately offer a minor in gerontology (the study of the social, psychological, cognitive, and biological aspects of aging). “We want our law students, engineering students, social work majors, and business students to have a broad-based knowledge on the issues of aging,” Granholm-Bentley says. “With America’s aging population, we’re going to need specialists in elder law and engineers working on assistive technologies for those who can’t get around as easily anymore.”

» A huge focus of the center will be research on the biology behind aging. Partnering with local institutions such as Denver Health and the Colorado Neurological Institute will allow the Knoebel Center to delve into diseases of aging like dementia. “But we will also be looking at healthy aging,” Chopp says. “There’s a huge segment of those who are 65-plus who are not in poor health. Aging is not a medical problem to be solved, it’s a stage of life to be enriched.”

» Chopp and Granholm-Bentley want the center to attract Denverites looking for resources—on how to help an aging parent live alone, on what state law says about powers of attorney, on residential communities for the elderly. “We want the center to bring more people who are 65 and older to the campus,” Chopp says. “This place can be a gateway between the community and DU.” —LBK