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Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging

Knoebel Institute

Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging




A diagnosis of cognitive impairment can lead to feelings of isolation, fear, sadness and loss. Symptoms can feel embarrassing and frustrating.

During this short-term individual therapy, we will explore topics that include:
● Better understanding the diagnosis
● Managing stress, fear, worry and sadness, anxiety, depression
● Accepting support from others
● Exploring the changes in abilities, activities, and relationships
● Reconnecting with your sense of independence, autonomy and belonging
● Setting personal goals around a new diagnosis
● Focusing on moving forward with resilience
This individual therapy is designed for people experiencing the early stages of a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease, Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), Lewy Body Dementia, Vascular Dementia and other related disorders.

*This intervention is based upon Robyn Yale's Counseling for Early Stage Alzheimer's Disease.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Mary O'Hara, LCSW or (720) 907-4020
Mary O'Hara, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience working with individuals living with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders. Her practice is dedicated to helping individuals and families cope with the changes that the diagnosis presents, as well as helping patients and families access the most appropriate support, resources and care.

Please help us in welcoming Maggie Mathieson, M.S., CCC-SLP to the Rocky Mountain Neurobehavioral Associates!

Maggie will be offering cognitive and speech therapy services. She is a certified speech-language pathologist who has extensive experience working with individuals to evaluate and treat acquired and developmental speech, language, and cognitive disorders.

Maggie's services will help with:
• paying attention/concentrating
• processing information
• organizing thoughts
• memory
• communication skills

Please let us know if you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Maggie! Call Jen at 720-907-0420.

KIHA No copay radio interview

Listen to KIHA's latest interview with No Copay Radio! Click below to hear the segment. 


Colorado consistently ranks as a top destination for retirees. With Baby Boomers reaching retirement age at the rate of 10,000 per day, the population of Coloradoans older than 65 will increase from close to 500,000 in 2010 to more than 1.2 million by 2030.

What will be the economic, social and health consequences of the overall aging of Colorado's population? What are the specific needs of this population, and how will those be served by current and future industries here? What bioscience research and development will address health and wellness for these Colorado residents? 

Click here to find out!

KIHA PILot RFP announced

The Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging is proud to announce the annual pilot grant program. The deadline for this year's pilot grant funding is December 15, and funding is expected to begin in March of 2018. Read the RFP here. 


To see some of the research in aging funded by the 2017 KIHA Pilot Grants, click here.
And now for an intergenerational, feel-good story, watch this.
Read an article about guardianship gone wrong here.

Leslie Hasche, Associate Professor in DU's Graduate School of Social Work and member of KIHA's Strategic Planning Group, is quoted in the New York Times. Read the story here.

Colorado senior lobby

Check out Colorado Senior Lobby News & Event Highlights here!

check out this web story on our CONCUSSION SEMINAR

View the news story about our Concussion Research Seminar, held on May 30, 2017, here

KIHA offers tai chi

Join KIHA from 1-2 pm on Fridays for a class of Tai Chi Chuan, a gentle relaxing mind-body exercise that promotes health and longevity to millions around the world. Our instructor is Mike Sanin, is certified to teach Tai Chi through the Consortium for Older Adults and the Arthritis foundation, as well as the Colorado Health Foundation and the Tai Chi Health Institute. Mike specializes in slow gentle movements, mindfulness, fall prevention, and deep relaxation for better health and peace of mind. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age or previous knowledge in Tai Chi. Click here for more information. View the news story here.

Dan Linseman works with students to study ALS and Alzheimer's

Dan Linseman, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging, leads a team of undergraduate and graduate researchers trying to determine how nutraceuticals — food components used for medicinal purposes — might protect the neurons in the brain that underlie neurodegenerative diseases. The researchers have looked at coffee, green tea, strawberries, blackberries, rosemary, dark chocolate and more in the search for neuroprotective properties. Click here for more details.

Learn about KIHA

Find out more about the history of KIHA in this DU Magazine story.

Pilot GrantS Previously funded

Click on the name of the principal investigator to see a video of a previously funded project. 

  1. Drs. Gareth and Sandy Eaton, Chemistry and Biochemistry. Development of a novel imaging method that would allow measurement of oxidative stress (a pathological condition in aging cells) in living cells and eventually in living brain.
  2. Dr. Brian Michel, Chemistry and Biochemistry. Collaboration with Dr. Sean P. Colgan, Dept. of Medicine, CU Anschutz. For discovery of novel drugs to treat kidney associated anemia and improve selectivity and reduce potential side-effects. Chronic kidney disease is a major health problem in the elderly.
  3. Dr. Daniel Linseman, Biology and KIHA. Collaboration with Dr. Kim Gorgens, Psychology, and Dr. Don Gerber, Craig Hospital. Investigators will test the hypothesis that reduced levels of glutathione (GSH), a major anti-oxidant the body produces, is a principal factor underlying the poorer recovery of older adults from traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  4. Drs. Jennifer Greenfield and Leslie Hasche, GSSW. The proposed pilot study will address this gap in knowledge by testing and administering a survey with caregivers in Colorado, and testing the associations of workplace characteristics with caregiver financial security and wellbeing.
  5. Dr. Mohammad Mahoor, Engineering. Collaboration with Dr. Adam Hebb, Colorado Neurological Institute. Machine learning algorithms to detect and classify behavior based on analysis of electro-physiological signals from the human brain. The ultimate goal is development of a closed-loop system for deep brain stimulation that would improve therapeutic efficacy in the treatment of Parkinson's disease.