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Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Center for Successful Aging at Long Beach State University! 

The Center fosters interdisciplinary applied research, supports program evaluation, and promotes education on aging as a means to carry out our vision of reducing disparities and promoting well-being in aging communities. We are committed to promoting aging well and with dignity for all by addressing social isolation, creating meaningful opportunities for social connectedness, and preparing the current and future workforce for the care and service of older adults across disciplines.

Since reopening in Spring, 2018, we have launched four projects through our Systemic Innovations in Serving the Needs of Older Adults initiative, supported by the American Gold Star Manor, the Archstone Foundation, and SCAN Health Plan. The projects, selected through an extensive review process that involved the participation of older adult residents, address the needs identified by community partners. By focusing on the needs of these residents, the long-term study of a specific target population will allow for the identification of successful, scalable, sustainable, programs and services that can be duplicated throughout the greater Long Beach community and beyond, while training students throughout the College of Health and Human Services in real-world experiences on serving older adult populations. With this and other workforce development efforts, we are aiming to prepare the health and human service workforce to better meet the needs of aging populations. 

We hope to serve as a resource for caregivers and are currently carrying out research aimed at improving the disparities in access to support services for Latino caregivers. The Center has joined the Social Isolation and Loneliness Impact Coalition led by MPTF (the Motion Picture and Television Fund) in Woodland Hills, California.  The Coalition is comprised of other community organizations and university researchers seeking to find solutions to this widespread social problem in the greater Los Angeles area.  We are also participating in the Long Beach Age-Friendly City Strategic Planning.  Moreover, LBSU has recently joined the international Age-Friendly University network through a joint effort with our long-standing Gerontology Program, making us the third university in California to have this distinction.

We look forward to expanding our collaborative efforts to comprehensively improve health and human services for the aging population and foster social engagement and quality of life throughout the lifespan. Thank you for your interest in the Center for Successful Aging. We invite you to explore our site and learn more about the Center. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Sincerely,

Iveris L. Martinez, Ph.D.,

Director, Center for Successful Aging,
Professor & Archstone Foundation Endowed Chair in Gerontology