Gallagher with women in the community
Dr. Elaine Gallagher with seniors in the community.

The creation of a multidisciplinary, university-based research centre was initiated in 1987. Today, it undertakes and supports health-related research with an overall 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 in meeting the challenges and potentials of an aging population.

The Centre on Aging recently updated its name to the Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health to highlight the interdisciplinary work of affiliates 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 that influence health and aging-related outcomes. While retaining an emphasis on aging, IALH reflects a shift toward understanding the modifiable lifestyle and contextual factors that influence aging and health outcomes later in life.

The term, institute, better reflects the broad scope, interdisciplinarity, and range of partnerships we have developed.

Current and past directors

Name Years active
Scott Hofer 2014-
Holly Tuokko 2009-2014
Elaine Gallagher 2006-2009
David Hultsch 2002-2006
Neena Chappell 1992-2002