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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.

ISL's Newsletter for December 2018

Read an interview with Anne Collins McLaughlin, an expert in human capabilities at North Carolina State University, in the latest ISL Newsletter. … Read More

Are your grandparents getting tipsy at the holiday party?

“As baby boomers have begun trickling into later life, the stereotype of Grandma sipping hot cocoa by the fire has slowly been replaced with Grandma sipping a glass of wine with her friends and family,” write ISL Faculty Affiliate Dawn … Read More

Using Artificial Intelligence to help older adults and others

By Shayok Chakraborty, Ph.D. Department of Computer Science The progress of technology in leaps and bounds has resulted in the generation of an enormous amount of digital data in the modern era … Read More


When I was in college, my mother died during my junior year following a two-year struggle with cancer. As difficult as it was for me to lose her, my dad was in his early 50s and had to face changes in his life that were well beyond my compr … Read More