Family & Community Wellness and Aging

K-State Research and Extension Adult Development and Aging programming enriches the lives of Kansans and their families by addressing health and wellness needs unique to older adults or those that influence an individual's ability to age well. Our current research-based community education endeavors specifically address the challenges commonly associated with aging, preparing for your future health care, recognizing the signs of Alzheimer's disease, and more. To learn more about the programs offered, visit

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.

So Now What? Tips for Managing Life after Retirement

Tips for Managing Life After Retirement introduces four key themes that have emerged from research on living a successful, healthy retirement: foundational relationships, healthy living, achieving balance, and planning for the future.

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.

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. Elder Abuse and Neglect: What You Should Know will guide you through the types, warning signs, risks, and prevention of elder abuse and the reporting laws in Kansas.

Stay Strong Stay Healthy

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy (SSSH) is an 8 week strength training program for older adults. It is designed to increase aging adults’ access to a safe, structured, and effective strength training program. At each session a prescribed set of 8 upper and lower body strengthening exercises are done. Participants are made to feel comfortable regardless of their current fitness level so they can safely participate and gradually build the strength beneficial to health. More information about the program can be found by clicking here.

One of the best ways to keep your body and mind functioning at its best is to exercise. Regular strength training helps build muscle and increases bone density, thereby helping to prevent frailty and osteoporosis. Some other health benefits of strength training include:

  • Balance
  • Arthritis
  • Flexibility
  • Weight control
  • Less depression
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease
  • Helps manage diabetes

For more information, contact Dr. Erin Martinez.