Aging Education & Research

This page serves as a source for students, faculty, staff and the public to learn about research, resources, opportunities and challenges pertaining to increased life expectancy and the diverse experiences we incur as we age.

Regardless of their major, concentration or subsequent career, students at Washington University in St. Louis will experience age-related issues in both their personal and professional lives. Issues in aging span every academic discipline. Policies, products, and services still often focus on 20th century needs, when life expectancy was much lower. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 25% of the population will be age 65 in the next 20 years, or more specifically, the oldest population among us is experiencing the fastest growth. New academic and community approaches will need to reflect the growing diversity in the health and general needs and interests of older adults. This will present a myriad of opportunities and challenges.

View this podcast on the When I’m 64 course featuring Friedman Center Director, Nancy Morrow Howell.

Henrietta Parram, a member of STL Village, speaks with Washington University students Arno Goetz (center) and Daniel Tanenbaum during a recent class in "When I'm Sixty-Four: Transforming Your Future." Photo by Diana Linsley

Henrietta Parram, a member of STL Village, speaks with Washington University students Arno Goetz (center) and Daniel Tanenbaum during a recent class in “When I’m Sixty-Four: Transforming Your Future.” Photo by Diana Linsley.

Faculty Course Enhancement Awards

To help prepare students for population aging, the Friedman Center is offering course enhancement awards to support the incorporation of aging-relevant topics into new and existing courses at Washington University. Instructor proposals chosen for this program will receive a $250 award that can be used for course materials, guest speakers, field trip expenses, or other resources needed to support the incorporation of aging-relevant material into your course. Consultation from the Friedman Center is also available to help you develop lectures, activities, and assignments, as well as connect to community resources.

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

Resources for Curriculum

View a list of available resources that can be incorporated into curriculum.

Aging-related Courses at WashU

There are a variety of course options at Washington University in St. Louis which focus on older adults or include content relevant to older adults and aging.

Student Activities

There are a variety of programs, activities and groups across campus that focus on aging and older adults. View a list of all current student groups.

The Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program is open to students who seek challenge, research and experience along with the opportunity to explore and grow academically in a diverse environment. The eight-week Summer Research Program enables students from any university to develop expertise in the following track:

Aging and Neurological Diseases Track

The Summer Research Program runs June-July, 2020.

2019 Summer Research Program Public Health & Neurological Disease Cohort


In the fall of 2017, a new Aging Clinical Research Consortium (ACRC) began under the leadership of Susy Stark, PhD, with the support from the Institute of Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) and the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging. The ACRC serves as a catalyst for increasing research among ICTS partners and provides infrastructure and other resources to facilitate clinical translation science in aging.

Read more about the ACRC

WashU Aging Related Publications

Click on the dates below to read articles and publications related to older adults and aging written by WashU authors.

Q2 2019

Q1 2019

Q4 2018