IOG works to reframe aging

Jenay Beer with social assistive robots C.L.A.R.E. and A.R.C.H.I.E.

With institutional roots dating back over 50 years, the Institute of Gerontology (IOG) at UGA’s College of Public Health (CPH) is at the forefront of aging research, and as the first baby boomers begin to retire and hit ‘old age,’ faculty at the IOG seek to reframe what it means to age.

“We want to help older adults thrive as they age,” he said, “and that involves understanding the biological, psychological, and social factors that impact a person’s experience.”Positive healthy aging drives the Institute’s research agenda, says Glenn Ostir, who came on board as the Institute’s new director two years ago.

IOG faculty are diving into the links between nutrition and aging, how robots may help more people age in place, and the impact of loneliness.



This story originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of BoomAthens magazine.