The mission of the Center on Aging is to facilitate the University of Minnesota's response to the issues of the aging population by fostering basic and applied research, education of students, and training for professionals to help explicate the aging process and inform public policy.

Educational Programs

Why study aging? 

Older adults-those 65 and over-make up the fastest growing age group in the United States and many countries around the world.  The demand for professionals with training in aging has never been higher. To help meet this need, the Center on Aging offers two graduate level programs:

Not sure which is right for you? Contact the Center on Aging: 612-624-1185 or

Attention Current Students

Students Interested in Aging Studies is hosting a panel presentation by Southeast Seniors volunteers.This community-based organization was founded in 1988 and serves older residents in the Marcy-Holmes, Prospect Park, and Como neighborhoods. Employing both volunteers and health professionals, Southeast Seniors helps our older neighbors live at home safely, comfortably, and empowered.
Join us to learn how you can make a difference! This event is free and open to students, staff and faculty, but please register in advance. The registration form is available here.

Date: November 9
Time: 4:30-6PM
Location: Room D325 Mayo

Geriatric Education Modules

The Geriatric Education Modules (GEMs) contain up-to-date information on 21 aging-related topics. The modules are designed for professionals, educators, and students who serve older adults, but family and other informal caregivers will also find them illuminating and helpful. Each module consists of a narrated slide presentation delivered by an expert on the topic. The modules range in length from 30 to 90 minutes. 

Learn more about the GEMs 

Find an Expert

Our gerontology faculty members have expertise in over 120 aging-related subjects, such as finance, ethics, memory loss, environmental design, and many others. The complete list of topics and experts is available here.

photo of Dr Yu and patientGerontology faculty member Dr. Fang Yu, School of Nursing. A story about Dr. Yu's study of the impact of exercise on Alzheimer's disease symptoms is available here.

Have other questions about aging? Visit our Community Aging Resources page.



Announcements & Coming Events

Summer 2016 Old news coverThe Summer 2016 Old News is now available. Our newest issue includes:

  • Perspectives on Retirement with Edith Leyasmeyer and Lee Stauffer 
  • Pam Parker – History of Long-term Care in Minnesota, Part II
  • The View from Here
  • Evidence in Aging Graduate Student Group
  • News, Notes, and Notable Achievements
  • Happenings

Mark Your Calendars for the next MGS/Center on Aging Webinar:

Best Practices for Cognitive Screening & Dementia Care Planning

October 27, 11AM to 1 PM.  Presented by Terry Barclay, PhD, and Michelle Barclay, MA. This session is designed to give care coordinators, social workers, nurses, and other professionals the tools they need to promote better outcomes for their clients who are living with dementia. This webinar is free of charge, but registration is required. Visit the Minnesota Gerontological Society website at for all details and to register. Co-sponsored by the Center on Aging, Minnesota Board on Aging, MGS, 3M Health Academy, and others.

MGS Scholarship Awards Announced

Two University of Minnesota graduate students received the Gerald Bloedow Scholarship for 2016: Jessica Finlay, who is pursuing her Ph.D. in geography with a minor in gerontology, and Ana Westervelt, who will begin the master of public health program this fall. Congratulations!