• Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Neil Charness: Founding Director of the FSU Institute for Successful Longevity

    It is with deep appreciation and admiration that we celebrate the retirement of Dr. Neil Charness, the Founding Director of the FSU Institute for Successful Longevity.

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  • 2024 ISL Planning Grant Winners

    2024 ISL Planning Grants to ISL’s Affiliate faculty members, Dr. Fengfeng Ke, Dr. Joseph Watso, and Dr. Qing-Xiang Sang.

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  • Lynn Panted voted Associate Director of ISL

    Lynn Panton voted as ISL's new Associate Director

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  • ISL Faculty Affiliate Awarded

    Dr. Nagpal receives $100k Grant

  • ISL Lecture Series Recording

    Did you miss the lecture with aging and technology expert, Dr. Kaye?

  • ISL welcomes new affiliate

    Dr. Kyle Smith is an Assistant Professor in Sports Nutrition at FSU's College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

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  • Watch Zhe He's Brown Bag Talk

    He addresses "Using Informatics and AI to Support Older Adults’ Comprehension of Lab Test Results"

  • The latest ISL Newsletter now available

    Read about ISL News and More!

  • ISL researchers part of $14.7-million grant

    The team will explore how technology can support older adults


The Institute for Successful Longevity conducts research into how to live longer, stay active and be fully engaged in life. The institute takes a multidisciplinary approach to better explore the complexities of life as an older individual.

Over the last century Americans witnessed tremendous gains in longevity, but successful longevity is more than living to a great, old age. It is about living well as we grow older.

Living well means many things, so we draw on the talents of researchers in many fields across the Florida State University campus to look at health, cognition, recreation, mobility, financial security and other concerns.

In the past, aging was seen as a problem, a condition or malady. Today at FSU’s Institute for Successful Longevity, we see aging as a natural stage of life, and our researchers look at all the components of an older person’s experience as we pursue the causes of age-related cognitive and physical decline and translate those discoveries into practices and interventions that slow or halt these changes.

Our Goals

To understand the mechanisms of age-associated disorders and functional and cognitive declines.

To develop the best holistic interventions to counter those declines.


To disseminate this knowledge to the community, to aging adults and to their care-givers.

To cultivate the scientific, social, and political leadership on this issue that will engage the nation.