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Concordia-Chicago added to Age-Friendly University Global Network


Concordia University Chicago has been named an Age-Friendly University (AFU) for its commitment to serving an aging population, reflected in the breadth of its activities and research led by the University’s Center for Gerontology. The AFU Global Network consists of institutions of higher education around the world that have committed themselves to becoming more age friendly in their programs and policies.

“Being an AFU is important for CUC. It illustrates that we are part of a larger, cultural shift that not only involves teaching gerontology but strives to make our campus a place that is welcoming to all ages and all abilities,” said Dr. Lydia Manning, associate professor and program faculty leader for gerontology at Concordia-Chicago. “We recognize the importance that people who are older have in our society and are committed to offering opportunities and engaging in work that improves the quality of life for people as they age.”

“This is a rapidly growing network with a shared challenge to promote an inclusive approach to healthy and active aging through research, enhanced learning opportunities for people across generations, and through innovations that address specific issues affecting older adults,” said Brian MacCraith, president of Dublin City University in Ireland. MacCraith oversees the international, interdisciplinary team that has identified the AFU core principles, which spell out the contributions universities can make in responding to the interests and needs of older adults.

In addition, the village of River Forest has joined the Dementia Friendly America network of communities, which means the village is taking action to ensure that it supports people living with dementia and their caregivers. River Forest will work with CUC’s Center for Gerontology to track its progress and share findings with the community.