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A Statement from the UofL Trager Institute Leadership Team

The leadership team at the University of Louisville Trager Institute is deeply concerned by the violence brought upon Black communities across the country. For too long we have tolerated these injustices in our own community. Because many of us have not experienced these injustices in our own lives, we have not been a strong enough voice against police brutality, institutional racism, marginalized communities, and health disparities. We are angered and saddened that these communities have been failed for years by the institutions in our society who should protect them. We grieve for the lives stolen by this neglect and domination.

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Q&A with Joe D’Ambrosio: Strengthening Mental Health During the Pandemic



Physical isolation and social distancing have become the new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and strengthening psychological coping is as important as staying physically well.

In this Q&A, University of Louisville Trager Institute and Republic Bank Foundation Optimal Aging Clinic Director of Wellness, Joseph G. D’Ambrosio, PhD, JD, LMFT, CSW, shares his thoughts on the human need for connectivity, and ways to improve mental health during this unprecedented time in our history. D’Ambrosio also is an assistant professor in the UofL School Medicine.



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COVID-19 Information & Resources

A thoughtful and comprehensive response to COVID-19 with particular focus on the questions facing high-risk populations: older adults & persons with chronic illness


In this time of crisis of working to protect the health and safety of ourselves, families, and communities, it can be stressful by itself to process all the information coming at us from so many sources. In response to this, the University of Louisville Trager Institute is offering weekly information sessions on Tuesdays from 10:00 am -11:00 am. These sessions will provide key updates relating to the virus and are a place for you to ask questions. We invite you to share your questions with us before the sessions so we can be sure to find any resources ahead of time! Email us at [email protected]

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Innovation at the Trager Institute

During this year’s #RaiseSomeL, UofL’s annual day of giving, we are sharing with you how we work to innovate the aging experience. 

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Falls in Older Adults

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in older adults.[i] More than one in four older adults fall every year and less than half will tell their doctor.[ii] Nearly 1 out of 5 falls cause a serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury.[iii] Many older adults who fall even if they are not injured develop a fear of falling and reduce their activity which in turn increases their risk for falling. Falls can lead to a loss of independence and ability to perform everyday activities. With more than 10,000 Americans turning 65 each day, falls are a growing and significant public health problem.

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Mental Health, Depression, & Older Adults

Older adults have an increased risk for mental illnesses because of the losses that can accompany the aging process. Many older adults have lost their independence, friends, family members and social roles. Even with this increased risk for mental health challenges, many older adults do not receive the treatment they need due to stigma of mental health and the frequent situation where signs of mental illnesses are looked and dismissed as normal symptoms of aging, such as slowing of thought, memory, and thinking, hearing loss, vision loss, and physical decline (National Institute of Mental Health, 2019).

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Microclinics: Community Empowerment Approach to Health & Wellbeing

Microclinic FacilitatorsMicroclinic Facilitators at first training in July 2018

The Microclinic Model Team is a unique approach to community health and wellness.

A ‘microclinic’ is not a small building, but a human infrastructure - a health management collective composed of people who share access to education, technology and social support as members work together to prevent and manage deadly disease.  Microclinics are formed organically from extended families, small businesses, church groups, and more. Rather than attempting to create a new social support system, microclinics galvanize existing social networks. Built on relationships and social capital rather than bricks and mortar, microclinics put the power of health directly into the hands of the community.

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Why Optimal Aging?

Everyone ages. From the moment we are born, we begin to grow, mature, and change - the process of aging. When we are young, we call this “maturing” or “growing up,” but as we advance in years, this process gradually changes into “aging.” 

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Optimal Aging Blog Begins in 2018 Optimal Aging Month

As part of the 2018 Optimal Aging Month, the UofL Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging is launching a new Optimal Aging Blog. We look forward to exploring with you important concepts related to optimal aging. Our network of experts and specialists will share their insights on key topics such as health tips, aging brain, pain management, caregiving support, and many other topics. Join our email list to receive the new blog. Sign up for our email list to check out our upcoming posts.

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