Research Areas

To address questions like how we can improve aging for an increasing number of people, the Columbia Aging Center focuses on three main research areas: Work, Culture, and Health.

As people increasingly live longer and reach old age, greater health is an imperative and patterns of working, learning and living must adapt. Facilitating longer, healthy and productive lives requires a reconceptualization of public health — to invest in health at every age — and of social capital and workforce development, civic engagement and the design of health systems, policies and cities that meet the challenges and create the opportunities of our longer lives. The Columbia Aging Center was created to lead in this thinking.  Specific examples of our research may be found below.