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Dr. Sara Honn Qualls

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Kraemer Family Professor of Aging...

University of Colorado , Colorado Springs

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CAPCOG » Upcoming Events, 26 Sept 2015 [cached]
The 14th annual conference for informal, family caregivers will feature keynote speaker, Sara Honn Qualls, Ph.D. Qualls has helped develop professional geropsychology as an emerging specialization nationally. She is the Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies, a professor of psychology, and the director of the Gerontology Center at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Pikes Peak Military Assistance - Stigma-Buster Sara Qualls to be named 2012 ‘Hero of Mental Health’, 13 Sept 2012 [cached]
"Aging has a bad 'rap' for being a downhill slide filled with uphill battles, ignoring the gifts and benefits of the later phases of life," says Dr. Sara Qualls, the Kraemer Family Professor of Aging at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
Qualls will be named the 2012 Hero of Mental Health during AspenPointe's fifth annual luncheon on Tuesday, October 2 at the Broadmoor Hotel. The award recognizes those in Colorado Springs who champion whole-person wellness and spearhead efforts to curb stigma while advancing treatment for mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness and joblessness
"About half of my work is to help older adults and those who serve them learn about the opportunities for growth and development in later life. The other half of my work is to address the very real health and social challenges that accompany aging. The latter often involves coaching older adults and their families, service providers, and communities in how to maximize primary control over their bodies and worlds and use secondary control strategies to accept circumstances they might not prefer." AspenPointe president and CEO Morris L. Roth lauded Qualls, saying, "The growth of our older adult population provides many opportunities for our community as well as challenges that will require the types of collaborations and innovation that Dr. Qualls is spearheading.
Qualls, a member of the UCCS faculty since 1984, is the first UCCS faculty member to hold the Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies Professorship.. She led efforts to establish a doctoral program in geropsychology at UCCS, one of only four such programs in the nation.
In the area of research, Dr. Qualls says, "I maintain an active laboratory that conducts highly controlled lab studies as well as field based research at the sites of our community partners. I enjoy writing about the intersection of science and practice, workforce development, and a range of mental health issues in books and articles." She's excited to see that aging populations are receiving more attention from the media, political interests and service providers and she's looking forward to a new facility that UCCS will be opening. "The Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences will offer a range of health and wellness services for adults, with a special focus on integrated care, aging, and chronic disease management. This innovative Center is an initial step toward a larger southern Colorado health campus that builds on the excellence of existing training programs conducted in partnership with this community." Dr. Qualls offers this homage to octogenarians an beyond: "The complexity and richness of a life spanning 8 decades is a gift to those of us privileged to hear the story, share the journey, or support the growth of the last phase of life." Like some others who have been accorded the lofty appellation of "hero," Dr. Qualls says she does not picture herself that way at all. "We all do what we believe will help the world be a better place. I've been privileged to live and work in a community that is phenomenally supportive of the aging population, and of the university-community partnerships that foster innovation," she says.
Intergenerational Examination of Issues Affecting Family Success Over Time, 30 June 2014 [cached]
Sara Honn Qualls, Ph.D.
"Most older adults don't need to ..., 26 Sept 2008 [cached]
"Most older adults don't need to discuss finances with their children," said Dr. Sara Qualls, Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies and director of the Gerontology Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
"Unless their health is slipping, or they cannot fully grasp the scope of their finances," she said, "I don't assume that an adult child should be involved in their finances."
Conversely, it is helpful for seniors to inform adult children about financial decisions they have made, and give them phone numbers to attorneys, certified professional accountants, or give out a spreadsheet with such details â€" in case it's needed during a crisis.
But, unless there's a crisis, Qualls said seniors are likely to seek financial advice from a professional â€" not their children.
Yet, she said, "it's appropriate to ask for emergency information at any age," because families need to know such information.Just as siblings need to know if you've named them as guardian of your children in your will.
"We tend to have boundaries within generations â€" discussing money and sex are the two biggest boundaries," she said.
If aging seniors have not given their adult children the basics of information that would be necessary during an emergency, Qualls recommends that children ask permission to make a spreadsheet of details, such as financial institutions, the people they do business with, phone numbers, accounts, etc.
"As people approach awareness of their own mortality," Qualls said, "that is a good time to have a (verbal) check up on what would be done during a crisis."
But she cautions that adult children need to be sensitive to the intimacy of disclosing financial information.
"Value your parents and their right to live by their own values," she said.
JFK Partners Disability Training & Inclusion Program, 26 Jan 2005 [cached]
Sara Honn Qualls, is professor of psychology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where she serves as director of the Gerontology Center and of Clinical Training.She is a practicing clinical psychologist who helped establish the CU Aging Center, a community based geriatric mental health clinic, and the new Clinical Geropsychology doctoral program that opens in fall, 2004.She has published two books, Psychology and the Aging Revolution and Aging and Mental Health.Her research and writing focus on marital and family development in later life and clinical interventions for later life couples and families.She directs the Caregiving Intervention team for the CU Aging Center, and is chair of the Aging Initiative for UCCS.
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