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Adult Development and Aging

Programs and Publications

K-State Research and Extension Adult Development and Aging programming enriches the lives of older Kansans, adults with disabilities, and their families by addressing health and wellness needs through research-based education. Our current community education endeavors seek to educate Kansans on managing the challenges commonly associated with aging, preparing for your future healthcare, recognizing the signs of Alzheimer's disease, and more. To learn more about the programs we offer, click on the links below.

Advance Health Care Planning in Kansas

Do you worry about the medical care you would receive if you became ill and were unable to speak for yourself? By stating your health care preferences in writing before a health crisis occurs, you can ensure that you will receive the type or degree of care that you want. Advance Health Care Planning in Kansas introduces the process and documents involved in preparing for your future medical care, should you become unable to speak for yourself.

AgeSense: Adapting to Life's Changes

Program participants examine personal beliefs about aging, explore the dual ideas of loss and opportunity, and discover a balanced perspective of what it means "to age."

Elder Abuse and Neglect: What You Should Know

No one is immune to elder abuse — it can happen to anyone, at any time, and anywhere. Often a silent problem, elder abuse can rob older adults of their dignity and security and leave them feeling fearful, depressed, and alone. This publication will guide you through the types, warning signs, risks, and prevention of elder abuse and the reporting laws in Kansas.

Fashion an Easier Lifestyle with Assistive Technology

Program participants are given the opportunity to see how assistive technology can improve quality of life in many areas.

Gray for a Day

Gray for a Day aims to educate participants on age-related sensory and functional challenges some adults might face through various simulations that reflect daily routines, simple tasks, and leisure or social activities. 

Keys to Embracing Aging

Keys to Embracing Aging is an interactive program that highlights 12 keys aimed at helping you to grow old gracefully, successfully, and with increased longevity.

Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer's Disease: Early Detection Matters

The aging population of Kansas is exponentially growing, and will continue to do so over the next few decades. Along with that will come unique opportunities as well as challenges, one of which is Alzheimer's disease. This program, brought to Kansas in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, highlights the 10 early warning signs of Alzheimer's and the importance of early detection and diagnosis.

Master of Memory

This program includes presentations on memory and learning, memory strategies, nutrition, medications, medical conditions, and exercise for the body and mind. Developed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and brought to you by K-State Research and Extension.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

This is a nationally-based program that provides individuals with tips, tools, and strategies to handle the challenges and opportunities associated with caregiving.

Simple Home Modification

Participants will learn methods to age in place, assess and modify homes for safety, independence and economy for older or disabled people, and reduce the need for assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

For more information, contact Dr. Erin Yelland erinyelland@ksu.edu or 785-532-1905