The Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy serves as coordinator and facilitator for the multidisciplinary work on aging issues at Florida State University. The resources of the Institute are used to support individual or collaborative research projects as well as graduate training and other educational initiatives campus wide.
Institute faculty are currently engaged in research on topics including:
- the politics and economics of health policy, long-term care, and retirement
- the challenges and benefits of technology for older adults
- issues related to the onset and management of Alzheimer's Disease
- subjective experiences of aging and life course transitions
- the onset of disability and health trajectories in old age
- public understandings of aging- and health-related policies
- the spread of medical innovations and the dynamics of health care markets
The Institute also supports the work of two organizations that serve Florida's aging community. One is the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at FSU, an extensive outreach and educational program for older adults. OLLI encourages elders to return to campus to continue to learn, while participating in research projects and inter-generational education at Florida State University. The second is the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition, established by the Florida Department of Transportation. The Coalition's mission is to improve the safety, access and mobility of Florida's aging road users by developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan to reduce injuries and crashes among this vulnerable population.