• Bringing leading experts to campus

    Marcas Bamman of the University of Alabama at Birmingham talks to faculty, students and members of the public about his research on exercise as regenerative medicine as part of ISL's speaker series

  • Walter Boot honored by APA's Division 21

    ISL Faculty Affiliate Walter Boot, right, receives the Earl Alluisi Award for Early Career Achievement, given by Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology) of the American Psychological Association

  • ISL Brown Bag

    Jean Munn of the College of Social Work talks on the burdens and benefits of caregiving at an ISL Brown Bag session

  • Open House

    ISL’s Open House drew a crowd of older adults to the Tallahassee Senior Center

  • WFSU interviews ISL faculty

    WFSU’s Tom Flanigan interviews ISL Director Neil Charness and Faculty Affiliate Walter Boot

  • Relationship between companion pets and older adults

    Do companion pets help older adults? ISL researchers Natalie Sachs-Ericsson and Dawn Carr are looking into the question

  • Older Americans and sounds of a second language

    Erin Ingvalson of the School of Communications Science and Disorders explains her research into how older Americans learn sounds of a second language

  • Faculty and student presentations

    Patty Born of the College of Business and doctoral students E. Tice Sirmans and Hugo M. Montesinos present a poster at an ISL Open House

  • ISL Director Neil Charness receives the M. Powell Lawton Distinguished Contribution Award

    Neil Charness receives the M. Powell Lawton Distinguished Contribution Award for Applied Gerontology from the American Psychological Association

  • ISL Faculty Affiliates

    Director Neil Charness and some of the many Faculty Affiliates of the Institute for Successful Longevity

  • GSA honors ISL authors

    The Gerontological Society of America honors Walter Boot, Neil Charness and co-authors for their book on design for older users

  • Transportation Day

    Students guide an older driver through a CarFit at Transportation Day

  • Critical assessments for students

    Neil Charness and Walter Boot answer questions about their critical assessment of brain-training games

  • Lucinda Graven elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association

    Lucinda Graven, Ph.D., is a Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Successful Longevity and an assistant professor in the College of Nursing

  • NIH supports Amy Ai's research

    The College of Social Work professor will study resilience of older patients undergoing open-heart surgery

  • ISL brings in aging expert to talk on elder abuse

    Karen A. Roberto of Virginia Tech spoke in November as part of the ISL Speaker Series

  • Walter Boot wins $4.6-million grant for new center

    His new ENHANCE center will develop technologies to improve the lives of older adults

  • Panagiotis Koutakis wins $2.9-million grant to examine peripheral artery disease

    Support for the work of this researcher in the College of Human Sciences comes from the National Institutes of Health

  • ISL researcher finds disruptions to molecular clock threaten health of muscles

    Dr. Bradley Gordon is an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Science in the College of Human Sciences

  • ISL at Florida Senior Day at the Capitol

    ISL Director Dr. Neil Charness greets visiting seniors from around the state at Florida Senior Day, part of ISL's outreach to the community

  • ISL Newsletter

    Every semester, the institute publishes the ISL Newsletter.

    Find our newsletters on our NEWS page.
  • ISL Director honored

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

  • ISL Faculty Affiliate Yan Li named an FSU Developing Scholar

    ISL Faculty Affiliate Yan Li of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering was named an FSU Developing Scholar at the 2021 FSU Faculty Awards ceremony

  • ISL Faculty Affiliate Robb Tomko receives Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

    Faculty Affiliate Robb Tomko of the College of Medicine was honored with the Undergraduate Research Mentor Award at FSU's 2021 Faculty Awards ceremony

  • ISL Faculty Affiliate Thomas Joiner receives Graduate Faculty Mentor Award

    Faculty Affiliate Thomas Joiner of the Department of Psychology received a Graduate Faculty Mentor Award at FSU’s 2021 Faculty Awards ceremony


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.