All that I know I learned after I was thirty.
— Georges Clemenceau
Who we are
The University of Iowa Center on Aging is an interdisciplinary center that serves as a state and university-wide resource to address the needs of older Iowans. It proceeds from the global view that aging is a normal, lifelong process, involving all dimensions of life. Sponsored by the University of Iowa Health Care Roy J and Lucille A Carver College of Medicine with co-sponsorship by the College of Public Health, the Center brings together people and resources across the state and from the University’s eleven colleges to help advance aging-related research, education, healthcare, public policy and other areas associated with the well-being of older adults.
Working to Improve the Aging Experience
Established in 1990, the University of Iowa Center on Aging is helping to redefine the aging experience by fostering research and translating findings for use in education, public policy and services that provide practical benefits to older adults and their families.
Outreach and collaboration are central to the Center’s goals and activities. The Center offers leadership, consultation and resources to diverse community, university, state and national audiences. These efforts are intended to help improve services and programs, increase training and expertise in aging, guide public policy and provide timely information that supports informed decision-making. Additionally, the Center’s links with local, state and national providers and organizations in aging have expanded resources that encourage older individuals to remain in and continue to contribute to their community.
To reach its strategic goals and achieve full potential, the Center continually seeks public and private support.
More about the Center on Aging
The Iowa and National Challenge in Aging
The dramatic growth among Iowa's older population, particularly the oldest-old and the rural elderly, places the state in a special position in terms of both challenges and opportunities related to the care of the elderly.
Distinguished by its high proportion of elders age 65 and older, Iowa mirrors, to a great degree, the future of the nation. How Iowa addresses the needs of its older population may well serve as a model in meeting the national challenge in aging.
The University of Iowa has made a substantial and continuing commitment to the operation of the Center on Aging. Private support is needed to extend the Center’s impact on the lives of older adults and their families in Iowa –and everywhere. Click here to learn how your contribution can make a difference.