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COVID-19 Resources & News for Older Adults 

  • Aging Today: How do nursing homes avoid the spread of infections?

    On average, nursing homes report one infection for every three residents. The importance of infection control was brought home by the rapid spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes. Listen to audio from this week's WFSU-FM 'Aging Today' segment to learn how nursing homes avoid the spread of infection.

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  • Pepper Associates Discuss New Tools to Overcome Senior Solitude

    Pepper Associates Dawn Carr and Neil Charness spoke with WFSU about resilience, life experience, and creative solutions for older adults to communicate, engage, and stay connected in the age of COVID-19.

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  • COVID-19 Resources and News for Older Adults

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

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  • Pepper Associates Win College Awards for Teaching and Research

    Pepper Institute Director Anne Barrett and Pepper Associate Amy Burdette have been recognized by the College of Social Sciences with internal awards for their vital work and important contributions.

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  • Pen Pal Programs Help Seniors and Children Battle Isolation

    Pepper Associate Dawn Carr quoted in New York Times piece on pen pal programs that help keep older adults connected and children occupied during the pandemic.

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  • 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!

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


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June 23, 2020 - How do nursing homes avoid the spread of infections?

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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.