Call for WashU Survey Participants!

February 15, 2021

Friedman Center for Aging Participates in Age-Friendly University National Survey


If you are a student, faculty or staff member at Washington University, researchers from the national Age-Friendly University initiative want to hear from you. To gauge and help improve age diversity on campuses across the country, University of Massachusetts Boston and Lasell University are inviting a wide range of institutions, including Washington University to take part in this on-line survey.* The survey deadline is March 15 and a full report including campus-specific findings will be forthcoming. Survey responses are anonymous.

As part of its WashU for Life initiative, and its involvement in the Age-Friendly University Global Network, the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health asks that you complete this survey so that WashU will be represented in the current collection of national data. Considering that people are working longer into the extended life course, looking to re-career in midlife for the longer run, and seeking opportunities for ongoing development and engagement at all ages, the WashU for Life Initiative is designed to help the university develop innovations in education, research and community engagement.

The Friedman Center has also conducted multiple focus groups to learn about the challenges and opportunities of increasing age-diversity at WashU. Qualitative data on the current landscape of age-diversity and the advantages and challenges associated with serving a wider range of ages have been collected from dozens of campus staff members and administrators. Read more about the “challenges and opportunities of age diverse universities”.

* This research is approved by the University of Massachusetts Boston Institutional Review Board and is supported by the Retirement Research Foundation.