• Discover magazine quotes Neil Charness, Angelina Sutin

    Article explores why some people live so long

  • The risks related to Alzheimer's disease

    In the latest ISL Blog, Director Neil Charness takes you through these risks and offers guidance based on the research and understanding so far

  • ISL Blog — Alzheimer's and personality

    Being disciplined and organized makes you 23% less likely to develop dementia, writes post-doctoral researcher Damaris Aschwanden in the ISL Blog

  • ISL Newsletter

    Sheila Salyer of the ISL Community Advisory Board talks 25 years of directing Senior Services for the City of Tallahassee, in the latest ISL Newsletter

    ISL Newsletter - August 2021
  • ISL Director honored

    Florida State University has named ISL Director Neil Charness a Distinguished Research Professor

  • Ravinder Nagpal's recent Brown Bag talk is now on ISL's web page

    Dr. Nagpal spoke on “Diet-Microbiome Interactions in the Aging Gut”

  • Hyochol “Brian” Ahn to give ISL Brown Bag on January 31

    The College of Nursing's Associate Dean for Research will speak on "Feasibility and Efficacy of Noninvasive Brain Stimulation for Self-Management of Clinical Pain and Symptom Management"

  • Wen Li identifies key brain links

    Her research ties parts of brain to Alzheimer's, other disorders


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.