UAlbany Launches Healthy Aging Research Initiative

A woman with gray hair walks down a woodland path with her arm around a young child walking beside her; both are wearing purple jackets. Three children run ahead on the trail; two are wearing yellow jackets, one is in an orange T-shirt.
Photo by Juliane Liebermann/

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 9, 2023) — New York’s population is aging rapidly. Nearly 3.5 million New York residents are aged 65 years and older — representing a 31 percent increase of New Yorkers in this age bracket over the past decade and the largest proportion (about one in five) in the state’s history. As the population ages, poverty among older New Yorkers is also on the rise, as is the proportion of older residents from historically minoritized backgrounds who face social and health disparities.

Following on the success of the Healthy Aging Symposium convened in October 2022, which brought together UAlbany researchers across disciplines who are already engaged in aging-related research, the UAlbany Healthy Aging Workshop will provide a public forum for conversation and collaboration focused on advancing understanding of issues related to healthy aging, and how we can address them, in New York State and beyond.

The Healthy Aging Workshop will be held on March 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the ETEC research and development complex. All are welcome to attend.

Speakers will include experts from federal, state and local government agencies, local hospitals and medical centers, non-profit organizations, regional STEM programs, and representatives from industry and academia. Through talks, panel discussions and moderated conversations, speakers will address questions on a range of healthy aging-related issues such as mental health, ageism, older adult engagement, smart technology and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Register to attend the UAlbany Healthy Aging Workshop.

About the Healthy Aging Initiative: Under the leadership of Provost Carol Kim and Vice President for Research and Economic Development Kesh Kesavadas, UAlbany has launched a new initiative focused on becoming a national leader in healthy aging. The Healthy Aging Initiative will leverage UAlbany’s strengths to build an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and community-engaged network focused on advancing knowledge about aging and translating that new knowledge into practice, education, and workforce development.