• Can yoga help patients manage Parkinson’s disease?

    School of Nursing Assistant Professor Corjena Cheung is investigating if yoga can provide relief and help patients manage Parkinson's disease, an incurable neurodegenerative condition that causes tremors and other uncontrolled movements. Dr. Cheung grew up in Hong Kong, where both Eastern and Western medicine are routinely employed to manage health.

    Read more about Dr. Cheung's research

  • Alessandro Bartolomucci named 2016-2017 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies

    Dr. Bartolomucci, Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, researches the impact of chronic stress on aging and mortality. For his Fesler-Lampert project, he will investigate the role of stress adaptation and its impact on health and lifespan.

    Read more about Dr. Bartolomucci's work here

  • Aerobic Exercise and Alzheimer's Disease

    School of Nursing Associate Professor Fang Yu, PhD, RN, is researching how aerobic exercise works to promote cognitive gains in people with dementia. Several meta-analyses have shown that aerobic activity can help to maintain or improve cognitive ability. Dr. Yu is also a Center on Aging faculty member.

    Read more about Dr. Yu's work here

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

Lunch & Learn April 25
12:00-1:00 PM

The Future of Chronic Disease Care

Join us for the next Lunch & Learn, presented by James Pacala, MD, MS, University of Minnesota. In this session, Dr. Pacala will give an overview of promising models for effective chronic disease care and discuss the challenges to their development. Dr. Pacala is a professor and associate head of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota, and is a member of the Center on Aging faculty. To prepare for the discussion, we recommend that you read "The Heroism of Incremental Care" by Atul Gawande, MD, MPH: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/23/the-heroism-of-incremental-care
The is event is free and all are welcome, but please RSVP by 4/24: https://goo.gl/forms/gsP5svINRwmRPoCh2 
Pizza and beverages will be served.
Location: Room D330-3 Mayo

 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 coa@umn.edu

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

University of Minnesota gerontology faculty members have expertise in over 120 aging-related subjects, including finance, ethics, managing chronic diseases, 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.




Paid Graduate and Professional Student Internships for 2017-2018

The application for the 2017-2018 United Way/Center on Aging internship program is now open. Graduate and professional students selected for this program will receive a $3000 award to help cover tuition, books, and other expenses. Click here for more details and a link to the application. The application deadline is March 31, 2017.

Mini Medical School

The Aging Game: Living Longer Healthier Lives

The Spring 2017 Mini Medical School begins on Monday, March 6 and features several Center on Aging gerontology faculty members. Complete details are available here. 


 The Fall 2016 Old News is now available. Our newest issue includes:OldNews fall 2016 Cover

  • Perspectives on Retirement with Esther Wattenberg
  • Pam Parker – History of Long-term Care in Minnesota, Part III
  • The View from Here
  • Evidence in Aging Graduate Student Group Presents at GSA
  • News, Notes, and Notable Achievements