Interdisciplinary Center on Aging

Who We Are

Established in 2009, the California State University, Chico (CSU, Chico) Interdisciplinary Center on Aging (ICOA) is conceptualized to fulfill the ever-growing aging needs of Northern California. Like climate change, the “graying” of America is another fundamental change in our world. With the assets and unique characteristics of CSU, Chico and its service region, the ICOA strives towards developing and demonstrating the best practices for meeting the challenges and maximizing the opportunities of an aging society.

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Feature Articles

ICOA Newsletter

Have you seen the latest ICOA newsletter?  It is packed full of local events and classes, recent articles on aging, health and nutrition information for older adults, and much more!  If you would like to be on our mailing list and receive future newsletters right in your inbox, e-mail us at

View our newsletter here.

Center News

ICOA presents Coffee Connections and Film Series

ICOA hosts trainings and offers an on-demand film series on campus.

Archived ICOA Coffee Connections can be viewed here

Resilient Performance

Dear Colleagues,

Below is a link to the Resilient performance I spoke of at the ICOA Board Meeting last Friday. This is a rough cut, following which a documentary film is being produced by CSU, Chico Academic Technologies and will be available in June. The final cut will be a little easier to watch and will more completely tell the story of this exciting community residency between the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and University Public Events (UPE).

In brief, since you don’t yet have the benefit of the documentary narrative, OLLI partnered in February with artists/dancers from the Joe Goode Performance Group, who were here as part of a UPE-sponsored residency. Joe Goode and his dancers interviewed five OLLI members about how they’ve overcome obstacles in their lives—from death of child to cancer, divorce, and other challenges. Joe Goode and team took these transcripts, returned to their SF-based studio, and developed an interpretive dance with spoken word and song taken directly, word-for-word, from these amazing interviews! 300+ OLLI members, plus 18 members of the School of Social Work, including Celeste Jones, attended the performance on March 25. Needless to say, not a dry eye in the house!

I’ll be sure to get documentary to you when it’s released. Enjoy!


Resilient Performance


Medicare Workshop for Boomers

Medicare Workshop for Boomers hosted by PASSAGES

Recommended Links

Age Watch Newsletter

Please check out the May 2013 Age Watch link here.

Aging Times eNewsletter

Click here to visit the CSWE Gero-Ed Center's website and read their Aging Times eNewsletter.