University Institute on Aging
Declining fertility and increasing life expectancy are fostering a rapidly aging world. Thus it was most fitting that creating a University Institute on Aging in the 21st Century was embraced by the Boston College Board of Trustees as a key component of the new strategic plan. The Institute will enable Boston College to excel as a beacon for expertise addressing the challenges and exploiting the opportunities presented by individual and societal aging.
A distinguishing characteristic of the Boston College University Institute on Aging is its holistic approach to the challenges and opportunities of aging in the 21st Century. The Institute will foster interdisciplinary education, research and knowledge dissemination regarding spiritual, physical, social, financial and emotional dimensions of well-being of older adults and their families. The Institute will build upon the contributions of existing university centers whose primary focus is on older adults. Other campus organizations and individuals will be encouraged to participate in Institute on Aging (IOA) activities where appropriate. A major IOA agenda will be to broaden the scope of aging-related activities at Boston College beyond a small core of well established centers.
Sloan Center Publishes Insights on Activity in Later Life from the Life & Times in an Aging Society Study
A new research study from the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College contradicts the widespread notion that older adults tend to disengage from major societal obligations and responsibilities. The study instead finds that older Americans are highly engaged in such activities, and that their well-being is directly tied to the level of engagement in these areas. Read the publication.
Chemist earns pair of young investigator awards
Assistant Prof. of Chemistry Eranthie Weerapana has been awarded a pair of prestigious young investigator awards to support her research into identifying new protein activities implicated in cancer and aging, and developing small molecules to perturb these activities within a cellular environment. More details.