News Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging

Center launches series of tools and information around aging in our society

Written by Kim Furlow, communications manager at the Institute for Public Health

The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging is releasing a set of materials designed as resources that provide key information on a number of topics pertinent to older adults and our aging society.

The materials briefly summarize research findings, tips and other need-to-know information on the following themes:

Living with purpose: Research shows that having a purposeful life can protect us from cognitive decline. This issue brief explains more.

Living longer, working longer: We are working longer – because we need to, and we want to. Information included in this brief assesses topics ranging from changes in social security to the health benefits of working as an older adult.

Driving and beyond: Today, older people keep their licenses longer and make up a larger proportion of the driving population than in the past. This brief covers concerns about driving as we age and offers a driver’s safety checklist.

Housing as we age: Almost 80% of adults ages 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. This brief offers information on the how’s, why’s and the latest research regarding “aging in place”.

“We hope these resources are useful to students and employees of the university as well as the larger community,” says Nancy Morrow-Howell, center director and the Bettie Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professor of Social Policy at the Brown School.

The current “issue briefs” are just the first phase of informative tools to be released by the Friedman Center. Additional helpful information to follow will include white papers and issue briefs on the topic of ageism: how to spot it, what to do about it and how to avoid it; as well as other important themes surrounding aging in our society.