Aging and Life Course

Aging research represents a field of science that investigates the underlying causes for why and how human bodies get older. Aging research includes healthy aging, health services, and the quality of life for older adults; it examines what happens to our bodies as people age (e.g., biological, physiological, genetic) as well as psychological and social factors that affect our aging process.

Life course aims at analyzing human development throughout the lifespan, with time being the central consideration. Behaviors, such as smoking and physical activity, may change over time. Pandemics, such as COVID-19, also affect the life course (i.e., infection exposure to vaccination). Changes in policies and medical care advancements may also affect health over time.

Major Projects

Major projects within this research theme that are being led by School of Nursing faculty include:

Partnerships and Resources