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

  • ISL Faculty Affiliates

  • Faculty and student presentations

  • Transportation Day

  • Transportation Day

  • Relationship between companion pets and older adults

  • ISL Brown Bag

  • Older Americans and sounds of a second language

  • Critical assessments for students

  • Open House

  • Open House

  • ISL Brown Bag

  • WFSU interviews ISL faculty

  • ISL reaches out to the community

  • Bringing leading experts to campus

  • Walter Boot honored by APA's Division 21

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.

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