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Note from Dr. Margaret Neal

Message from our director, Margaret Beth Neal, Ph.D.:

Welcome to the Institute on Aging!

Part of the School of Community Health within the College of Urban and Public Affairs, the Institute on Aging is committed to a mission of teaching, research, and community involvement. We support learning through the lifespan with an educational mission that extends from the first years of college to the later years of life. Our educational programs include undergraduate and graduate courses as well as special programs for continuing professional development and learning for those of retirement age. The interdisciplinary team of researchers at the Institute are leaders in national and international work and motivated to improve the lives of older adults locally and globally, breaking new ground on topics such as housing, transportation, long-term care, caregiving, age-friendly communities, and social relationships.   Members of our Institute are actively engaged in projects that benefit older adults through enhancing health, improving housing and transportation, planning the urban environment, and helping to build care systems internationally.

Within the next two decades, nearly one in three Americans will be aged 65 or over. Globally, the older population is expected to double over the next three decades. The impact of these demographic changes on the health, economics, and quality of life of societies worldwide will be unprecedented. We need to be ready for both the opportunities and the challenges that these changes will present. The place to begin is to expand our understanding of life in our later years and develop programmatic and policy responses.

Thank you for visiting the Institute on Aging. We look forward to meeting you!