Discovering purpose in retirement

Written by Leonard Adreon, facilitator, Lifelong Learning Institute, Washington University in St. Louis The year was 2005. I decided to hang it up after a long and relatively successful career. I started working at age 9 as an office boy for the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball team. I was drafted into the Navy during World […]

Learning to fall

Written by David Marchant, Professor of the Practice in Dance at Washington University in St. Louis As we age, we instinctively move more slowly, cautiously avoiding situations and activities that challenge our balance. But what if we’re going about the problem in the wrong way? What if instead of avoiding risk of falls, we need […]

Exercise your body, exercise your brain!

Written by Elyse Murrell, MSW, education and outreach manager of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri Chapter “What can I do to protect myself from Alzheimer’s?” This powerful question is a common one among aging individuals and the loved ones of people who have the disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s latest Facts and Figures, more […]

Promoting quality of life through art

Written by Lynn Friedman Hamilton, Maturity and Its Muse The 2018 theme for Older Americans Month, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. I engage in my community by sharing my passion for art — and […]

Home sharing: Living with roommates in later life

Written by Karen Backes, masters research fellow in aging, Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health Thanks to decades of advances in technology, public health, and medicine, many Americans are able to live independently or semi-independently well into late adulthood, and the vast majority of older adults seem to prefer […]

The power of connecting

Written by Nikki Goldstein, MSW, executive director, Crown Center for Senior Living All the lonely peoplewhere do they all come from?All the lonely peoplewhere do they all belong?  Beatles, Eleanor Rigby There are a myriad of programs, classes, events, and activities just waiting for someone to register; the list of options for involvement, connecting and […]

Ageism Focus for the 2018 Friedman Lecture

The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health hosted the 18th Annual Friedman Lecture & Awards on April 20 at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the Washington University School of Medicine campus. The event’s keynote speaker was Becca Levy, PhD, Professor of Public Health and Psychology at Yale […]

Finding purpose through volunteering

At the time of publishing, Jeanie Bryant worked with the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at Institute for Public Health As we celebrate Older Americans Month, I have been thinking about what it means to be an older person. In 2017, when I retired at the age of 65, I did not think of […]

Older Americans Month 2018: Engage at every age

Written by the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging team It’s time to celebrate the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities.  Across the country, older Americans are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they […]

Tailoring emergency care for older adults

Written by Jeannie Bryant, administrator, and Stephanie Herbers, manager of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging Emergencies happen. And for older persons and their families, navigating emergency departments can be stressful.  Christopher Carpenter, MD, Washington University emergency medicine faculty and physician, is working with colleagues to develop and implement new models for effective care. […]

Aging and public health

Written by Taylor R. Patskanick, master’s research fellow in aging, Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health Evidence-based public health includes the use of proven approaches to improve population health. Historically, public health interventions were not always scientifically-based. And in today’s increasingly connected, yet resource-scarce world, public health practice has […]

Choosing work in later life

Written by Taylor R. Patskanick, master’s research fellow in aging at the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health Have you ever thought about how much of your life you will spend working? Now more than ever before, older Americans are living longer and working longer. The average age of […]

Entrepreneurship in later life

Written by Cal J. Halvorsen, MSW, doctoral student and the William E. Gordon Research Fellow at the Brown School I recently conducted an on-the-spot focus group among my geographically dispersed, early-30s friends in our online group chat. I asked them to describe an entrepreneur, giving me their initial, gut reactions. Responses centered on the image […]

Healthspan is more important than lifespan, so why don’t more people know about it?

Written by Tim Peterson, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis  While more and more people are taking an interest in aging and lifespan, awareness on healthspan lags (Figure 2). If you don’t know what healthspan means you aren’t alone. What is healthspan? Many might agree that “healthspan” can […]

Shifting gears: aging & transportation planning

Written by Bailey Widener, graduate assistant at the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health For many of us, our vehicles are essential to our daily lives. We use our cars to commute to our jobs, to run errands, to visit with family and friends, and to accomplish countless other […]

Become an advocate for seniors

Written by Mary Schaefer, executive director of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging Missouri advocates are needed for seniors and senior programs. This past session of the Missouri legislature has clearly shown the need for our legislators and public officials to hear from their constituents about the value of seniors and the services that support […]

Aging out loud: finding courage to love

Written by Amy Sobrino, LMSW, program services coordinator at Memory Care Home Solutions When I think of this month’s theme of ‘Age out Loud,’ I think of bravery, courage, and challenging the status quo. There are countless examples of older adults ‘stepping outside’ of their comfort zone to challenge ageism. In my work with families […]

What is a NORC?

Written by Karen Berry-Elbert, manager at St. Louis NORC The vast majority of adults aged 65 and older still live in the homes in which they raised families and developed social networks. As the American population continues to age, more communities are home to growing populations of residents who have aged in place. In addition, […]

Old is in the eye of the beholder

Written by Nikki Goldstein, MSW, executive director for Crown Center for Senior Living As we recognize May as older adult month, it begs the question, what is an “older adult”? Older than who? Older than what? Isn’t everyone over the age of 21 an older adult? Other than Benjamin Button, aren’t we all aging? As […]

Age out loud – with Dementia?!

Written by Jill Cigliana, MSOT, OTR/L, program director at Memory Care Solutions I am often asked, “Is there really quality time when living with dementia?”  At my organization, Memory Care Home Solutions, we work with families to demonstrate that dementia is not an end to quality of life, but an opportunity to stay engaged and […]

Speaking up about ageism

Written by Gloria C. Gordon, PhD, psychologist and co-founder of STL Village This year’s theme for Older American’s Month, “Age Out Loud,” invites me to speak up loudly about ageism—the “ism” that refers to how our society stereotypes and treats older adults. As children we absorb and internalize the way we see older adults, including […]

Attitudes on aging

Written by April Callen, strategy and outreach associate at Frameworks Institute We are a nation of problem-solvers. When we see an opportunity, we figure out how to seize it. And when we see that something isn’t working, we rethink our approach. We need to draw on our ingenuity so we can communicate more effectively about […]

Older Americans Month: age out loud

Written by Stephanie Herbers, MSW/MPH, manager of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. Many aging Americans are finding ways to re-think traditional phases of life and give their interests, goals, and dreams a new or second start. Today, older adults […]

Can intergenerational cooperation defeat climate change?

This article originally appeared on the Gerontological Society of America website and is reproduced here with permission. Older adults are powerful allies in addressing climate change, according to “Gray and Green Together: Climate Change in an Aging World,” the latest edition of Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR) from The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Research shows […]

An alternative to politics over the holidays

Written by Stephanie Herbers, MSW/MPH, manager of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health Dread the thought of talking about politics at your upcoming holiday events with family? Consider using the time to talk about preferences for end-of-life instead. According to a national survey sponsored by non-profit The Conversation […]

Washington University at GSA 2016 conference

The 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) brings together more than 4,000 international experts and partners from academia, industry, government, and beyond to exchange information and to discuss the broader role of aging science. This meeting is the premier gathering of gerontologists from both the United States and around the world. Researchers in […]

Queer aging: Implications for social work practice with LGBTQ older adults

In social work, the current evidence-based practice guidelines for working with LGBTQ older adults are offered by Fredricksen-Goldsen and colleagues (2014) who propose ten practice competencies that “account for the unique circumstances, strengths, and challenges facing LGBT[Q] older adults”. Two of these competencies are particularly aligned with social work values and ethics: Critically analyze personal […]

2016 Friedman Lecture recap and awardees

The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health hosted the 16th Annual Friedman Lecture & Awards on April 28. This year’s event explored the benefits of arts and creative expression for health and wellbeing. The event included a keynote by Linda Noelker, PhD, who reviewed the current evidence for the […]

Washington University in Shanghai

In May, McDonnell International Scholars Academy partner Fudan University, and Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies, hosted the 2015 Shanghai Forum. Faculty scholar Brian Carpenter represented the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging and presented his work on family relationships in later life at the international symposium. See the conference program and other publications at: shanghaiforum.fudan.edu.cn/en.

Venture out to Venture Café

Written by Stephanie Herbers, MSW/MPH, manager of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health Venture Café is a weekly gathering of St. Louis innovators and entrepreneurs working in education, arts, healthcare, manufacturing, social enterprise, and many other sectors. If you want to learn more about the St. Louis startup […]

Encore careers and entrepreneurship

By Karen Sanders, encore innovation fellow at the Brown School Americans love the entrepreneurial spirit. Many imagine that entrepreneur as young, wildly energetic, sparking on a great idea, without a lot to lose other than a bit of time or a handful of someone else’s venture capital. The implication is that youth and limitless tolerance […]

2015 Kopolow and Friedman Award winners

On April 22, 2015, the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University recognized three individuals for their service to older adults in St. Louis at the center’s annual lecture. The 2015 Alene and Meyer Kopolow Award for Geriatrics, Psychiatry, and Neurology was presented to Brendan Lucey. The […]

The financial vulnerability of older adults

There is a widespread belief that all older Americans are financially set, living their retirement years in relative comfort, able to enjoy their leisure time. It is true that the current poverty rate among older Americans is lower than that among children, thanks to the federal programs of Social Security and Medicare. But not all […]

Putting your words in someone else’s mouth: A good, necessary thing

“What do you want to have for dinner?”“Should we go to that art festival this weekend?”“Does this shirt make me look weird?” We ask our family and friends for their opinion and input all the time. Sometimes we ask about relatively minor things. Sometimes we ask about more major things. “Should I move to New […]

Friedman Center expands award criteria for 2015

Communities throughout the United States are undergoing an unprecedented population shift, resulting in more residents over the age of 60 than under the age of 15. Professionals from many sectors – such as health care, business, social work, law, design – are needed to respond to the unique and diverse needs of older adults in […]

Next Age international collaboration established

next age institute partners

In 2014, Washington University in St. Louis announced it was partnering with the National University of Singapore to establish the Next Age Institute, an international collaboration to design, study and test social innovations. Launching in February 2015, the institute will address global challenges facing many families and communities, among them aging populations and rising inequality. […]

New book tackles financial vulnerability of older adults

Financial Capability and Asset Holding in Later Life book cover

Many of the 40 million older adults in the United States are struggling financially. They lack the assets to see them through their later years, when they require more health care and other services than they expected. A new book, Financial Capability and Asset Holding in Later Life: A Life Course Perspective co-edited by Harvey A. Friedman […]

I-70 network corridor on aging

Kansas Road Scene West on I-70 from Abilene

A network developing along the I-70 corridor in Missouri and Kansas will facilitate research and teaching teams on topics related to aging. The organizers are hoping to connect people, successfully compete for regional focused research, and share in the advancement of teaching gerontology through cooperative exchanges. The network is still in its early stages and […]

Washington University at Gerontology Society of America 2014 Conference

The Gerontological Society of America’s 67th Annual Scientific Meeting brings together more than 4,000 of the brightest minds in the field of aging. Washington University in St. Louis’ researchers in aging will be well represented at the meeting in Washington, D.C. with 28 posters and presentations (see full list below) and a workshop on Accelerating […]

Friedman Center releases workforce development report

Snapshot of workforce development report

The U.S. and many countries around the globe are undergoing an unprecedented population shift, resulting in larger proportions of people over the age of 60 than under the age of 15. This will result in changes in our workforce in terms of demographics and size. It will also increase the demand on our policies, products […]

New first-year course: “When I’m Sixty-Four: Transforming Your Future”

Video still of students being asked about age expectations

In the near future, we will have more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 15. Due to many factors, we are living longer than ever before with Baby Boomers serving as an introduction to what will likely be a permanent change to our society. Most freshmen starting at Washington University […]

McDonnell Academy Partner meeting at 2013 World Congress

In June 2013 the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis hosted a meeting prior to the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatric’s World Congress in Seoul, South Korea. The meeting was the first opportunity for scholars working in aging to connect and begin to […]

2013 Global Aging Initiative seed funding

The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis has funded 10 proposals to support collaborations that will advance cross-national research and education on older adults, later life and aging societies. Each collaboration includes one or more faculty from Washington University in St. Louis and one […]