Emotional well-being

Poor emotional well-being in late life is associated with reduced independence, increased risk for dementia, and a reduction in the ability to complete activities of daily living.  Anxiety, depression, and grief at the loss of loved ones are commonly experienced by older adults and can impact quality of life.

The Institute of Gerontology is committed to understanding the ways in which older adults can emotionally thrive.  We promote psychological resilience and healthy emotional aging across the lifespan.

Featured Projects

Tai chi and underlying biological mechanisms 

Healthy Aging: Older Adults Fostering Felines

Loneliness as a public health issue: risk factors and outcomes

Dr. Glenn Ostir leads our emotional well-being initiative.