Our society is rapidly aging and more people are living longer than ever before. This increase in longevity presents both exciting opportunities and urgent challenges to society. Some of these challenges include managing an increasingly older workforce, controlling health care costs and informing policies that support an older and more active population. Promoting healthy aging in the 21st century requires a better understanding of how social, psychological and biological processes interact to confer either risk or resilience for the aging individual.
The mission of the Center for Healthy Aging is to facilitate research that promotes emotional, physical, and cognitive health in adulthood. A major strength of our center is its interdisciplinary and developmental approach to research on health and well-being in adulthood. Investigators in our center study the ways in which our everyday experiences behaviors influence our health and quality of life. To achieve its mission, the Center’s efforts are concentrated on:
1. Stimulating the interdisciplinary study of aging within and across the biological, behavioral and social sciences and conducting cutting-edge research that tackles prominent questions of aging and old age;
2. Coordinating new interdisciplinary partnerships to develop innovative programs of research and education that capture the complexities and inter-connections of aging issues;
3. Translating research advancements into practical understandings and interventions and promoting sound policy to enhance the quality of life and promote the health and welfare of our citizens; and
4. Offering post-graduate, graduate and undergraduate students excellent training in contemporary issues of aging and old age and instruction in state-of-the-art methodological tools suited to the study of aging.