• Pepper Institute featured in the September/October 2018 issue of Tallahassee Magazine!

    The article highlights Director Anne Barrett and the work of the Institute, OLLI, and Safe Mobility for Life Coalition

    Tallahassee Magazine
  • New Blog Post - Caregiving: Research and Realities

    Pepper Associate Dawn Carr reveals some of the most important ways we can help caregivers continue to do the important work of caring for our nation’s elders.

  • Conference Travel Awards up to $1,000!

    Pepper Institute provides conference travel support for FSU undergraduate or graduate students doing aging research. Awards of up to $1,000 are available! Fall deadline Oct. 15

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  • Pepper Associates Receive Fulbright Awards

    Pepper Director Anne Barrett and Pepper Associate Miles Taylor to study and share their expertise in Italy and Canada, respectively, through grants from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

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  • Pepper Associate honored for contributions to health psychology

    Amy Ai received the Distinguished Health Psychology Contribution Award from the International Association of Applied Psychology for her long and distinguished history of scientific contributions.

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  • Congratulations to Dr. Clayton Gumber!

    Clayton successfully defended his dissertation,"The Effects of Paid Work on Health in Later Life: Variation by Socioeconomic Status", earning his PhD in Sociology.

  • Pepper Associate Dawn Carr studies the benefits companion pets bring to older adults

    FSU researchers Dawn Carr and Natalie Sachs-Ericsson will tap into data on human-animal interaction collected as part of the Health and Retirement Survey, a long-term study of more than 20,000 individuals 50 years old or older.

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  • Follow Pepper Institute on Twitter!

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

  • Neil Charness receives two honors for a career of work on longevity and technology for older adults

    The Pepper Associate received an award for the Advancement of Psychology & Aging from the American Psychological Association and was inducted into the Grandmasters of Gerontechnology by the International Society for Gerontechnology.

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  • Patricia Homan honored for Aging Research by the International Sociological Association

    Our newest Pepper Associate recently traveled to ISA's World Congress of Sociology in Toronto to accept the Emerging Scholar Award and present her paper, “Rethinking the role of childhood SES in adult health: Integrating existing theories with life course perspectives on the disablement process."


WFSU-FM Aging Today, airing Tuesdays at 3:04pm

Older drivers2.jpg     September 11, 2018 -  Do older drivers have more crashes than younger ones?

       *Aging Today Segment Archives


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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Tallahassee Magazine article highlighting Director Anne Barrett and the work of the Institute, OLLI and Safe Mobility for Life Coalition. 

Pepper Institute provides conference travel support for FSU undergraduate or graduate students doing aging research. Awards of up to $1,000 are available! Fall deadline Oct. 15

This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, a time for reflecting on our past and charting our future course.