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