• The latest ISL Newsletter now available

    Read about the CREATE project and more

  • ISL researchers part of $14.7-million grant

    The team will explore how technology can support older adults

  • Dawn Carr, Miles Taylor witn National Institutes of Health Grant

    The $400,000 grant supports their study of psychological resiliency

  • Latest edition of ISL Newsletter now available

    Read about the status of elder care in American and more

  • Watch Julia Sheffler's Brown Bag talk

    She explains her research on diet, exercise and “Lifestyle Approaches for Intervening on Modifiable Risks for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.”

  • Watch Yasmeen Hamza's Brown Bag talk

    She speaks on “Hearing and Cognition: Beyond Hearing Loss”


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.