• Aging Today: Do older drivers have more crashes than younger ones?

    A common stereotype characterizes older adults as bad drivers. But statistics do no support this view. Listen to audio from this week's WFSU-FM 'Aging Today' segment.

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  • 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.

  • Pepper Steppers participated in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's

    The FSU "Pepper Steppers" from the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, OLLI and Florida Safe Mobility for Life, raised over $1,500 for Alzheimer's care, support, and research.

  • 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
  • Dr. Amy Burdette named editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior

    The American Sociological Association has announced Pepper Associate Dr. Amy Burdette as the next editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior for 2020-2022.

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  • Structural Sexism and Health in the United States: A New Perspective on Health Inequality and the Gender System

    Dr. Patricia Homan wins the 2019 Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation in Medical Sociology from the ASA

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  • Social Security Helped Slash Elderly Poverty to 9.2 Percent in the 20th Century – that Triumph is now in Jeopardy

    "The American dream, characterized by the hope that children will have a higher standard of living than their parents, is fading."

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  • Older Immigrants in U.S. More Satisfied Than Native Born

    A team of researchers, including FSU Assistant Professor of Sociology and Pepper Associate Dawn Carr, found immigrants from white, Hispanic and other racial groups have higher levels of happiness and overall life satisfaction than those born in the United States.

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

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.

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.