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

Summer and fall semester registration is now open! Information about our summer and fall semester classes is available here

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

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

Long-term Care Ombudsmen and Adult Protection: Who are They and How do They Help?
May 24, 12 noon to 1 PM

Addiction in Older Adults 
June 21, 12 noon to 1 PM

Both webinars are free of charge, but registration is required. Visit the MGS website at to register. Co-sponsored by the Center on Aging, Minnesota Board on Aging, the Minnesota Gerontological Society (MGS), 3M Health Academy and others.

Caring for a Person with Memory Loss

The School of Nursing annual Caring for a Person with Memory Loss 
conference is set for June 4, 2016. Free and open to all, but registration is required. Visit the School of Nursing website for all details and to sign up. 

 The Spring 2016 issue of Old News is now available. Our newest issue includes:
  • Pecover of spr 2016 ONrspectives 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