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.
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. Contact email@example.com to learn more.
View a list of available resources that can be incorporated into curriculum.
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 Aging and Neurological Diseases Track.
View the latest publications from our center’s team.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has brought age bias and the unmet mental health needs of older adults into bold relief. Even before the pandemic, the psychological […]
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- Advancing Your Confidence as an Educator (ACE): An Academic-VA Partnership to Enhance Educator Skills and Improve Attitudes About Careers in AgingPrevious research suggests some psychologists may not consider academic careers because of doubts about their teaching competency, and this is especially true for psychologists interested […]
- INTRODUCTION: In the context of increasing numbers of older adults and an increased prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases, the early diagnosis of dementia has become an […]
- The Feasibility and Acceptability of an Intergenerational, Web-Based Intervention to Enhance Later-Life Family Care PlanningBACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Adult children collaborate with older parents on care needs, yet later-life families are often uncertain about how to approach these conversations. Using […]
- The Association Between Patterns of Social Engagement and Conversion From Mild Cognitive Impairment to Dementia: Evidence From the Health and Retirement StudyOBJECTIVES: This study examined the association between patterns of social engagement and conversion from cognitive impairment, no dementia (CIND) to dementia. It also tested whether […]
- Villages are consumer-driven organizations that promote aging-in-place. This study documents the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Villages and explores variation in response by age […]
- This study explored older adults' technology use patterns and attitudes toward virtual volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic. A 22-item survey was administered to 229 volunteers […]
- Research priorities for elder abuse screening and intervention: A Geriatric Emergency Care Applied Research (GEAR) network scoping review and consensus statementThe Geriatric Emergency Care Applied Research (GEAR) Network (1) conducted a scoping review of the current literature on the identification of and interventions to address […]
- Within-couple dissimilarities in functional impairment as determinants of spousal care arrangement among older married couplesExisting research on spousal care focuses on one spouse receiving care from the other, which fails to address the complexity that is created when both […]
- CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: The results suggest that the automated bidet intervention is feasible and acceptable and can have a positive impact on caregiver outcomes when […]
- Interventions to promote independent participation among community-dwelling middle-aged adults with long-term physical disabilities: a systematic reviewCONCLUSION: Interventions with strong and moderate evidence should be routinely offered for middle-aged PAwLTPD. Future research should focus on developing evidence-based interventions for middle-aged PAwLTPD.IMPLICATIONS […]
- INTRODUCTION: Progression to symptomatic Alzheimer disease (AD) occurs slowly over a series of preclinical stages. Declining functional mobility may be an early indicator of loss […]
- Home Hazard Removal to Reduce Falls Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Randomized Clinical TrialCONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: This randomized clinical trial found that a brief home hazard removal program did not reduce the hazard of falls among community-dwelling older […]
- CONCLUSIONS: People AwPD experience a range of factors that substantially impact their ability to remain independent and participate in society. By identifying barriers to participation, […]