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? 

People aged 65 and over is the fastest growing age group in the United States and many countries around the world. This creates an increased demand for professionals with training in aging. 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:

We are now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Center on Aging/United Way Internship program. Learn more.

The application for the 2016-2017 Shelley Joseph-Kordell Scholarship is now availableLearn more. 

Continuing education opportunities:

Geriatric Education Modules - New module: Ethics in Aging and Aging Services


Find an Expert

Gerontology faculty members at the U of M have expertise in over 120 aging-related subjects, such as finance, ethics, memory loss, environmental design, and many others. The complete list 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

2016-2017 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies

Complete information and the application is available here.
The application deadline is Monday, May 2.

Flyer for 4/12 eventThe Spring 2016 issue of Old News is now available. Our newest issue includes:

  • Perspectives on Retirement
  • Pam Parker – History of Long-term Care in Minnesota
  • Paying for Performance in Long-term Care
  • The Long-term Care Re-think Tank
  • News, Notes, and Notable Achievements
  • and more

Aging Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group 
     April 12, 2016: Gerontology Journal Club, Kristine Talley, PhD, RN, facilitator.

 MGS Annual Conference - April 22, 2016

Caring for a Person with Memory Loss - June 4, 2016