About us

The Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health undertakes and supports research with an aim to improve the health and quality of life of an increasingly diverse population of older adults, and to assist their families, health care providers, and the government

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Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health (R-Hut)


The creation of a multidisciplinary, university-based research centre was initiated in 1987 and was approved by senate in 1992. The Centre on Aging updated its name to the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health in 2016 to highlight the body of work the affiliates do. They research in the social, behavioral, and health sciences to improve health and well-being across the lifespan.

The name change acknowledges the Institute's emphasis on lifelong processes influencing health and aging-related outcomes. The term, institute, reflects the broad scope, interdisciplinarity, and range of partnerships we have developed.

Current and past directors

Scott Hofer (2014-current)
Dr. Scott Hofer (2014-current)
Holly Tuokko <b> </b>(2009-2014)
Dr. Holly Tuokko (2009-2014)
Elaine Gallagher (2006-2009)
Dr. Elaine Gallagher (2006-2009)
David Hultsch (2002-2006)
Dr. David Hultsch (2002-2006)
Neena Chappell (1992-2002)
Dr. Neena Chappell (1992-2002)