Road winding through a grassy pasture with a sunsetThe 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.

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

Questions about aging?

Find resources we recommend with useful information about health, caregiving, housing, research, education, and many other topics relevant to aging. 

Community Aging Resources

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, 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. 

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. 

photo of Dr Yu and patientGerontology faculty member Dr. Fang Yu, School of Nursing, conducted a study of the impact of exercise on Alzheimer's disease symptoms.

Our newsletter: Old News


The Spring 2017 edition of Old News is now available. Our newest issue includes:

  • In Memory of Robert L. Kane, MD
  • The View from Here: Where are We Going with Long-term Care?
  • Perspectives on Retirement with profiles of Celia Wolk Gershenson and Hal Freshley
  • Pamela Parker: Reflections of an Unprepared Caregiver
  • Following the Minnesota Long-term Care Pioneer Trail

News and Coming Events

Caring for a Person With Memory Loss

Join experts for a day of lively, informative discussions about this critically important topic. The conference will provide information and support for all caregivers including adult flyerchildren, spouses, community care givers, and practitioners.
Date and Time:  Saturday, June 3, 8 AM -4:30 PM 
Location: Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs Conference Center 
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
This event is free of charge (there is a fee for practitioners who would like to receive continuing education hours). Advance registration is required for all. Complete details are available here.