Call for applications! 2022 Summer Research Program

From October 15, 2021 through January 7, 2022, the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program application period will be open to students who seek challenge, research and experience in one of two tracks: the Public and Global Health Track and the Aging and Neurological Diseases Track. During the eight-week summer program, students work with […]

When I’m 64: What will our future be?

The When I’m 64 course is back for Fall 2021 and helps students break down biases toward older adults and impact students’ vocational paths!

In Memoriam of Dorismae Hacker Friedman

October 28, 1920-May 30, 2021 Mrs. Dorismae Hacker Friedman passed away peacefully in her home, on May 30. In fall of 2007, WashU’s Center for Aging was renamed the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging in recognition of Harvey and Dorismae Friedman’s support of the center’s efforts to create an environment for fruitful cross-disciplinary research. […]

2020 Summer Research Program Summary

The Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program has wrapped up its 2020 program differently this year. Between June and late July, due to COVID-19 on-campus restrictions, summer program cohorts in the Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track and in the Aging and Neurological Diseases Track attended virtual programs. After being accepted via online application, […]

2020 Friedman Lecture & Awards summary

These are truly unprecedented times, and although the staff of the Friedman Center for Aging is disappointed to cancel the Friedman Lecture and Awards annual event for the first time in 20 years, we are excited to announce three award winners as we do each year! Annual Friedman Awards Each year, the Harvey A. Friedman […]

Your Next Move: Transitioning to the New Retirement

Seminars Focus on More than Financials As part of its WashU for Life Initiative, the Friedman Center for Aging, at the Institute for Public Health, with the support of the Washington University Department of Human Resources, has created a new program to encourage WashU staff and faculty to think about retirement and plan for their […]

2019 Summer Research Program Summary

Written by Kim Furlow, communications manager at Institute for Public Health Another Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program came to a close with nearly 30 participants from 14 universities in the continental U.S. and Ireland attending. Students were at various stages of their academic careers ranging from undergraduate, to masters program and medical students […]

2019 Friedman Lecture & Awards: Advancing aging research & education at Washington University: Preparing for longer, productive lives

“Students may live to age 100” Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton This was just one of the messages at the 19th Annual Friedman Lecture & Awards recently presented by the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging. Center Director Nancy Morrow–Howell, introduced the event to nearly 200 attendees who also heard a keynote address from Chancellor Mark […]

WashU Joins Age-Friendly Network (Links to an external site)

Washington University in St. Louis joins Age-Friendly University Global Network Washington University in St. Louis is a new 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 […]

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 […]

2017 Friedman Lecture & Awards recap

The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health hosted the 17th Annual Friedman Lecture & Awards on April 4 at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the Washington University School of Medicine campus. This year’s event, co-sponsored with the Center for Health Economics and Policy, explored the role of […]

Forum for greater China: An aging population

On January 21, 2017 Washington University in St. Louis hosted the Forum for Greater China at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Shanghai for over 200 attendees. The Forum convened representatives from leading universities in Greater China which partner with Washington University on research and academic programming. The Forum’s goal is to stimulate collaborative research and […]

Beyond Social Security

Policy Forum “Social Security and Beyond: Building Financial Capability Across a Lifetime” As part of a series of events leading up to the 2016 Presidential Debate on campus October 9, Institute scholars Timothy D. McBride and Nancy Morrow-Howell participated in the policy forum “Social Security and Beyond: Building Financial Capability Across a Lifetime.” The forum, held at the Brown […]

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 […]

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 […]

New faculty lead for education initiatives on aging

Brian D. Carpenter, PhD, is joining the team of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health as Faculty Lead for Educational Initiatives in Aging. In this new role, Carpenter will work with the Friedman Center to develop and implement programs that will support education and professional development at Washington […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]