His gift helps the elderly keep their independence

Together, Dr. Arnold Miller and Beverly Miller promoted CSUF gerontology programs and scholarships.

Honorary alumnus Dr. Arnold Miller and his late wife, Beverly, are longtime university supporters of the field of gerontology. Together, the Millers endowed university scholarships in gerontology beginning in 1996, awarding 71 to date. Arnold was active in the creation of the multidisciplinary academic gerontology program.

Arnold is president of the Technology Strategy Group and a former corporate vice president for Xerox. He served as the chair of the CSUF University Advisory Board for almost two decades. A civic leader and university supporter, Beverly was a charter supporter of the CSUF Center for Successful Aging, President’s Associates and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Arnold is an advocate in promoting multidisciplinary approaches to assistive devices centered around the user to provide better understanding of how to retain independence for the elderly in daily living.

The Beverly Miller University Assistive Technology User Research Project, supported by an ongoing challenge grant from Arnold honoring Beverly, advances this approach.

Dr. Echo Chang has assembled a research team from gerontology, engineering, psychology and health sciences. The seniors in Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are active participants in this user-focused project. A research plan for the first year has been developed.

“Perhaps we cannot assure that older adults can always live independently, but we can extend the time before they become dependent on institutional care with research and application of effective new assistive devices,” explained Arnold. “This project will help identify barriers and barrier-breakers to develop new assistive devices for independent living. Success in meeting these needs will have major societal and economic consequences.”

For information about giving to the Gerontology Program, please contact Joan Rubio
at 657-278-5773.