As a team, we work collaboratively with researchers and Extension agents within and outside of Colorado State University, including engaging with community partners, to promote healthy aging and families.
Our mission is to support individuals as they experience aging-related family issues. We do this through the development and testing of new interventions and support mechanisms designed for family caregivers and care recipients and for grandfamilies (i.e., grandparents and other relatives and the children in their homes).
We’re particularly interested in using a strengths-based approach when designing interventions and research studies for populations. We use community-based participatory research practices to enhance our science.
This project proposes the development of GRANDcares, a systems-based intervention for vulnerable grandparent-headed families. The tripartite intervention is based upon family resilience theory and focuses on strengthening self-care and parenting skills in custodial grandparents, developing communication and leadership skills in grandchildren, and increasing the ability of service providers to meet grandfamilies’ needs.