FSU Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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FSU to deliver classes remotely for remainder of 2020 spring semester; remote learning continues for summer sessions

COVID-19 Resources & News for Older Adults 

  • COVID-19 Guidance for Older Adults

    Access links to helpful resources and stay informed with updates directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • Article: COVID-19 isolation a dilemma for seniors

    Pepper Associate Dawn Carr quoted in Gainesville Sun piece on the impact of social distancing on seniors

    Read More
  • Aging Today: How much income do retirees get from Social Security?

    The Social Security Act of 1935 intended to supplement household savings and private pensions to ensure a comfortable retirement. Listen to audio from this week's WFSU-FM 'Aging Today' segment.

    Listen Now
  • Team of researchers led by Pepper Associate Amy Ai receive NIH grant

    FSU researchers led by Amy Ai, a professor in the FSU College of Social Work, have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the resilience of older patients after undergoing open-heart surgery.

    More Info.
  • Pepper Associate Miles Taylor takes part in large-scale study on marriage and aging

    Health among midlife and older adults in the U.S. has been declining in the past 40 years, coinciding with substantial changes in marriage. Professor Miles Taylor will be part of a $2 million data collection project funded by the National Institute on Aging.

    More on the study
  • Safe Mobility for Life Coalition

    UNDERSTAND the impact that aging has on driving. BE PROACTIVE about safe driving skills. PLAN for a safe transition from driving. Visit SafeMobilityFL.com to take the first step in achieving safe mobility for life!

    Safe Mobility
  • Pepper Associate awarded pilot grant from the NLCHDD

    Dr. Patricia Homan who has been awarded a highly competitive pilot grant from The Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America (NLCHDD)! This grant will support her project, “Exploring the Role of Structural Sexism in Health & Mortality Across U.S. States.”

    FSU Sociology
  • Follow Pepper Institute on Twitter!

    Follow us on Twitter @FSUAging for news updates and information on aging research


Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy


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                        

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For over 40 years, the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy has served as the hub for multidisciplinary research on aging at Florida State University.

OLLI at FSU is a scholarly and exciting program of classes targeted to mature adults who want to learn in a stress-free environment.

Since 2009, the Pepper Institute has received grants from the Florida Department of Transportation to support the work of the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition.