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.

Shelley Joseph-Kordell Scholarship

The application for the 2017-2018 Shelley Joseph-Kordell Scholarship is
now available. This award is open to  students in any master's, PhD, or professional program at the University. Selection will be based on:

    • Demonstrated experience related to aging. This can be paid or volunteer work, student activies, or aging related research.
    • A thesis or dissertation topic related to aging
    • Furture career plans that include aging and serving older people. 
    • Other factors that demonstrate the abilities and experience of the student.

The application deadline is May 5, 2017. 

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

flyer for May 4 symposiumSymposium: Stress, Metabolism and Aging
Date & time: Thursday, May 4, 9AM-5PM
Location: Cancer & Cardiovascular Research room 1-125 

The symposium will provide an authoritative, interdisciplinary, and translational perspective on how chronic stress and metabolic functions can result in altered developmental trajectories and diseases, and their impact on aging and mortality. 
Bruce McEwen, Rockefeller University
Tracy Bale, University of Pennsylvania
Rozalyn Anderson, University of Wisconsin, Madison 
Owen Wolkowitz,University of California San Francisco
Supported by these University of Minnesota Medical School departments:Integrative Biology and Physiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biologyand Biophysics, the Center for Neurobehavioral Development, and the School of Public Health Center on Aging. 

Organized by Alessandro Bartolomucci, PhD, professor of integratvie biology and physiology and 2016-2017 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies.  

Details & Registration