• “As we see our life is getting shorter, we think more about our legacy and things that are more meaningful. We are less worried about money and much more worried about what we can do that makes a difference.”

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  • Claude Pepper Center Director Dawn Carr and Pepper Institute Director Miles Taylor will be co-principal investigators, leading a team of FSU students and outside consultants on the study, “Psychological Resilience as a Health Resource in the Context of Stressful Life Events in Later Life.”

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  • "FSU's Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy houses some of the nation’s premier voices on aging who, through research and policy efforts, are working to better understand and address the issues facing America’s ever-growing elderly population."

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  • Dr. Cao is a postdoctoral scholar at Pepper Institute whose scholarship centers around the social participation and psychological well-being of culturally and linguistically diverse older adults.

    Dr. Cao's Research
  • Pepper Emeritus Faculty member David W. Rasmussen published an op-ed in the Tallahassee Democrat on Social Security reform.

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  • “Centering Age Inequality: Developing a Sociology-of-Age Framework” appears in the July 2022 edition of the journal.

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  • Congratulations to Pepper Institute Director Miles Taylor on being Elected as Chair-Elect of the Section on Aging and the Life Course of the ASA!

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  • FSU Sociology Ph.D. students Tim Arthur and Trinity Lakin were selected as the new Pepper International/Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision-Making (CAnD3) Fellows for the 2022-23 academic year.

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  • The Claude Pepper Center Director & Pepper Associate has won the Busse award, bestowed on a junior-to-mid-career scientist once every four years, in recognition of significant contributions to aging research.

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  • Congratulations to Pepper Associate Patricia Homan on being selected as an NIH Matilda White Riley Early-Stage Investigator Honoree for her winning submission, "Structural Intersectionality as a New Direction for Health Disparities Research."

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  • Congratulations to Amy Ai, Pepper Institute Associate & Professor in the College of Social Work for being named a Distinguished Research Professor at FSU's 2022 Faculty Awards Ceremony. The designation recognizes and honors outstanding research, scholarly and creative activity among FSU faculty.

  • Congratulations to Pepper Institute Associate Dawn Carr, Ph.D. who has been named as Director of the Claude Pepper Center at FSU. She takes over from interim Director Stephen MacNamara.

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  • Dawn Carr, Ph.D. and Wally Boot, Ph.D. explore the challenges of recruiting and retaining older adults to participate in research.

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  • "Our culture tells us, in a multitude of ways, that as we move through all the life stages following 'youth,' we are slowly losing all that is valued."

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  • New article published by the U.S. Census Bureau says that many adults approaching retirement age may not be financially prepared to retire

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  • FSU Sociology Professor and Pepper Institute Director Miles Taylor will provide aging expertise as a core collaborator and executive committee member for the Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision Making (CAnD3).

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  • 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 Institute on Aging and Public Policy


Miles Taylor PhD

Within the next 15 years, the United States will achieve a pivotal marker of population aging: 20% of Americans will be retirement age or older. This shift brings substantial opportunities and challenges for policies and planning at local and national levels. As we ready ourselves for a future in which we are aging as individuals and as a nation, it is critical that expertise on aging translates to both high quality research and real-world solutions. Across our different projects and areas of focus, tying us together is our mission to improve and enrich the lives of older adults.

For more than 4 decades, the Pepper Institute has focused on issues central to the lives of older adults. Today, we are an engaged group of multidisciplinary faculty, students, and stakeholders comprising a vibrant center of thought leadership, academic and applied research, and community engagement. We are home to several research initiatives including our collaborative research and consulting hub ARCHI and an international fellowship program on population aging (Pepper International Fellows). These initiatives extend our expertise to decision makers and future scholars across the nation and the world.

In partnership with community and state leaders, we house the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), which offers roughly 100 courses per year geared to older adults in our area. We also support The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition, funded by the Florida Department of Transportation to improve the safety, access, and mobility of Florida’s aging road users.  

Together, we engage in award winning research, consult on today’s most pressing policy issues, train the next generation of leaders in aging, and remain a bustling location of education and engagement for older adults.  As a fourth generation Floridian, I have been proud to call the Pepper Institute and FSU my professional home for more than decade.  I invite you to look around, see the exciting things going on , and connect with us!

Miles G. Taylor, 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.

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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.