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Healthy Aging

Seniors exercising

The population of Americans 65 years of age or older is projected to double by 2060. YSPH faculty engage in an interdisciplinary and multilevel approaches to aging research, such as:

  • Influence of social psychological factors including age stereotypes
  • Improving emotional health among older adults and reducing caregiver stress
  • Identifying how living and financial environments affect the health of older adults
  • Improving older persons’ access to health care
  • Techniques for reducing the risk of falls and minimizing physical disability among older persons
  • Access to care, insurance markets and public policy
  • Quality of preventive, acute, long-term and end-of-life healthcare


  • Etiology and treatment of disease
  • Disease surveillance
  • Genetics, pathology, epidemiology and neuroimaging
  • Methods and qualitative and quantitative analyses for clinical trials and analyses

Practice-based research and initiatives

Through the work of faculty in the Department of social and behavioral sciences and our partners in the Yale Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, YSPH promotes healthy aging through better access to care, improving emotional health and reducing caregiver stress, identifying how living and financial environments affect the health of older adults, and developing social capital interventions to improve viral suppression and quality of life among HIV-positive aging populations.