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Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy

DIRECTOR'S WELCOME 

Anne Barret, Director

We are witnessing an unprecedented trend in human history – the rapid aging  of the  world’s population. The statistics are  familiar. For example, the average life expectancy  of the global population more than doubled between 1900 to 2015 – from  about 30  years to over 70. Although population aging is an increasingly familiar  concept, its  wide- ranging effects are less  fully understood and appreciated. Aging  impacts every element  of our society – the  family, healthcare, education, politics,  transportation, economy,  media, military, and many others. 

Understanding these impacts and how public policies can address them is the focus of  our work here at the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy.  For 40 years, we have  served as the hub for multidisciplinary research on aging at Florida State University, bringing together faculty and students from a  range of disciplines like political science, sociology, public health, medicine, and psychology. Our research centers on four areas – pathways to later life, aging and health disparities, communities and transportation, and aging and health policy. 

The Institute also supports the work of two organizations serving Florida’s aging community. The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition, supported by the Florida Department of Transportation since 2010, aims to improve the safety, access, and mobility of Florida’s aging road users through education and advocacy. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FSU is an educational program for adults 50 and older, offering about 100 courses a year to its over 1,200 members.  

I encourage you to look around our website and learn more about the Pepper Institute.  

Thank you for stopping by!

Anne Barrett, Ph.D.

Director, Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy                        

Tim Chapin, Dean of FSU College of Social Sciences and Public Policy with Sen. Bob Graham, FSU President John Thrasher, and former first lady Adele Graham in the Claude Pepper museum (FSU Photo)

Director Anne Barrett provides an overview of the most recent research and its implications for the formation of public policy for an aging society.

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