• ISL Director to participate in WHO-UNICEF global consultation on assistive technology

    Neil Charness, Ph.D., will take part in the Second Global Consultation for the WHO-UNICEF Global Report on Assistive Technology.

  • Open House

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

  • Neil Charness to open Milton S. Carothers Faculty Lecture Series

    The ISL Director will speak on “The Promise and Limits of Technology to Promote Successful Longevity”

  • Robert Hickner, Michael Ormsbee and team win $3-million NIH grant

    They will examine how resistance training may help older women struggling with obesity prevent Type 2 diabetes

  • 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

  • ISL Faculty Affiliate Pamela Keel on diversity-inclusivity project

    Project has $12.8 million in support from the National Institutes of Health

  • Walter Boot and ENHANCE center developing technologies to aid older adults with cognitive loss

    The center is supported by a $4.6-million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

  • 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

    Read about Walter Boot and Neil Charness and their work with the ENHANCE Center, 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

  • 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

  • ISL's Brown Bag Series — Fall 2021

    Damaris Aschwanden, Ph.D., gave a fascinating talk on “Who We Are Shapes How We Cognitively Age? Personality & Cognitive Health in Late Life,” in the first presentation in the ISL Brown Bag Series for Fall 2021.

  • Neil Charness, Walter Boot to go to France for CREATE workshop

    Neil Charness, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Successful Longevity, and Walter Boot, Ph.D., a Faculty Affiliate of the institute, will be in Bordeaux, France, in late September in a workshop on their CREATE project, which focuses on designing technology for older adults.

  • ISL Director Neil Charness to participate in international discussion on digital equity

    The director will represent North America in an event to mark the UN International Day of the Older Person.

  • ISL's Brown Bag Series — October 25

    Aaron Wilber, Ph.D., speaks on “Mouse models, Alzheimer’s disease, brain function during sleep, and impairments in navigating our surroundings” in the next presentation of the ISL Brown Bag Series for Fall 2021.

  • Jing Wang honored as emerging leader in health and medicine

    The Dean of Nursing is a Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Successful Longevity

  • Research by ISL Faculty Affiliates finds sense of purpose associated with better memory

    The study led by Angelina Sutin, center, Antonio Terracciano and Martina Luchetti showed a link between an individual’s sense of purpose and their ability to recall vivid details.


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.