Community of Practice on Aging
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We are an interdisciplinary educational and research-based community of practice focused on serving the older adult population in the El Paso del Norte border region. We advance practice, educational, and research opportunities focused on the processes of aging from a holistic perspective. We welcome expertise in diverse research strategies, educational methods, and evidence-based interventions to support workforce development, and stakeholder and community engagement. We capitalize on these diverse resources to foster community-university partnerships.


Members of the Community of Practice on Aging (CoPA) aspire to increase awareness on the experiences and complexities of aging. CoPA will accomplish this through community-based participatory scholarship and education. We will promote mentoring of faculty, students, and community partners and stakeholders to engage in educational and research opportunities unique to the border region. CoPA will develop and implement undergraduate and graduate certificates in aging. Our ultimate goal is to develop a Center on Aging.


  1. aging
  2. dementia
  3. elder care
  4. elderhood
  5. elderly medication management
  6. geriatric
  7. geriatric mental health
  8. health disparities in aging
  9. healthspan


Clinical Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy - Pharmacy
aging, geriatrics, liver cancer, liver disease, health disparities, opioids, border health, pharmacy, pharmacy education, alcohol or substance abuse, interprofessional education, Covid-19, coronavirus

Health Sciences - Kinesiology
skeletal muscle, metabolism, insulin resistance, obesity, type 2 diabetes, exercise, physical activity, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, NMES, electrical stimulation, muscle contraction, high fat diet, nutrition, lipid metabolism, COVID-19, mental health
Featured: Awards

Associate Professor
Liberal Arts - Psychology
Cognition, Cognitive Aging, Attention, Timing, Aging, Learning, Memory, Community Engaged Scholarship, Service Learning,
Featured: Awards

Engineering - Civil Engineering
transportation engineering, intelligent transportation systems, transportation security, cross border transportation, parking, smart cities
Featured: Awards

Clinical Associate Professor
Health Sciences - Occupational Therapy
virtual reality technology, neurorehabilitation, orthopedics, Ethics, health care policy, eadership-martketing, ergonomics, aquatic therapy, geronotology-productive aging, adult rehabilitation, mental health and psychosocial issues


Friedman, Bruce  (View)
Rodriguez, Ismael  (View)
University Medical Center of El Paso

Related Efforts

Rio Grande Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
External Related Effort
Funding: The Rio Grande Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is administered by the Rio Grande Council of Governments and funded by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services in accordance with the Older Americans Act.

The Rio Grande AAA serves individuals 60 years of age and older and their families living in El Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Presidio and Brewster counties through the various direct services it provides and/or through purchased services on behalf of a client. The AAA’s Mission is to support older adults with their independence and ability to continue to reside in the community for as long as possible and assist family caregivers in their daily task of caring for their loved one.

Convergence Gerontology: Rethinking Translation in Research on Aging
External Resource
Dahlia Castillo

In this publication, the author argues that, "translation in aging research is most productively viewed from the perspective of convergence: bringing in expertise from different disciplines to rethink research challenges and apply different kinds of data and analytic tools. Translating a research problem across disciplines may speed solutions to the major challenges of aging."


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