• The latest ISL Newsletter now available

    Read about the CREATE project and more

  • At What Age are Workers too Old?

    New Blog post by the Director of ISL

  • ISL researchers part of $14.7-million grant

    The team will explore how technology can support older adults

  • Chris Martin talks about his new memory-improvement app

    He developed the HippoCamera app with researchers at the University of Toronto

  • Watch Caterina Gratton's Brown Bag Talk

    She addresses "The Ups and Downs of Aging Brains"

  • ISL welcomes new affiliate

    Kofi Sorkpor, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the Florida State University College of Nursing

    Read more here
  • ISL welcomes new affiliate

    Jie Chen, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the Florida State University College of Nursing

    Read more here

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.