Programs & Projects

The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging is committed to facilitating projects and programs that amplify and advance issues in the field of aging.

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WashU for Life

Washington University in St. Louis is a member of the Age-Friendly University Global Network, a group of educational institutions committed to expanding programs and policies to engage people in all life stages. Universities in the network help develop innovations in education, research, and community engagement in order to increase age-diversity on campus, improve multi-generational learning environments, and create opportunities for career development across a longer life course. As part of its Age-Friendly University work, the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging has created a new initiative, WashU for Life, to become a comprehensive age-integrated research university.

See a complete overview of WashU For Life projects and programs.

Inter-generational Shared Housing

The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging partners with multiple community organizations to provide inter-generational housing opportunities for graduate students. These organizations include Homeshare St. Louis, Tower Grove Manor and Crown Center. Inter-generational housing opportunities provide graduate students with alternative types of living and learning experiences with older adults near the University.

Home sharing is a mutually beneficial arrangement in which older adult homeowners provide spare space to graduate students at below-market rates. This allows students to live in neighborhoods near the University and older adults benefit socially from sharing their homes with a younger housemate. The Skinker DeBaliviere Community Council began HomeShare St. Louis in 2017 to address the needs of its older residents and has recently expanded to surrounding neighborhoods, Central West End, University City and Clayton.

Tower Grove Manor and Crown Center are two independent living facilities in St. Louis for adults 65+. These facilities have studio, one and two bedroom apartments and provide amenities and activities for all residents. Graduate students have the opportunity to rent apartments in these buildings for free or at reduced cost in exchange for their service.

For more information on these opportunities, view the articles below:

June 27, 2019 | New City? Try Home Sharing, Institute for Public Health Blog

May 8, 2019 | Intergenerational Housing Opportunity, Institute for Public Health News

April – May 2019 | HomeShare St. Louis Offers Seniors Companionship & Extra Income, The Times of Skinker DeBaliviere

January 23, 2019 | A New Use for the Spare Room, Curbed