CITRA offers free webinar series on optimal aging programs

logo for CITRA, the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on AgingThe Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging (CITRA), is offering a series of webinars for people interested in running cutting-edge, evidence-based intervention programs in their own communities. CITRA designs, tests and disseminates programs to promote optimal aging, social integration in later life and improved quality of services to older adults. With funding from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, these programs are now easily available from a user-friendly website.

CITRA is a BCTR project focused on expanding and improving scientific knowledge benefiting older adults and translating those findings to community populations. It provides free access to evidence-based intervention programs developed over the past two decades with the goal of building communities of CITRA program users. CITRA also offers one-on-one consultation for those interested in running its programs.

The webinars feature three CITRA programs:

  • Building a Community Legacy Together (BCLT) is an intergenerational program in which youth interview elders about their wisdom and advice for living. The webinar took place on January 23 and a video-recording will be available shortly on the BCLT webpage.
  • Retirees in Service to the Environment (RISE) is an environmental education and leadership training program for older adults that promotes environmental volunteerism and stewardship. The webinar is scheduled for May 8.
  • Partners in Caregiving (PIC) and Partners in Caregiving in Assisted Living (PICAL) are cooperative communication programs for nursing home and assisted living staff and residents’ family members to improve staff-family relationships. The webinar is scheduled for June 5.

You can register for upcoming webinars by e-mailing You can also learn more about CITRA’s programs and download their training manuals and other program materials free of charge on the CITRA website.