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International Association of Applied Psychology honors Amy Ai for contributions to health psychology

Amy Ai, professor in Florida State University’s College of Social Work and a Faculty Affiliate with the Institute for Successful Longevity, has been honored by the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) for her long and distinguished history of scientific contributions to health psychology. IAAP’s Division 8: Health Psychology gave Ai its Distinguished Health Psychology […]

Using Artificial Intelligence to help older adults and others

By Shayok Chakraborty, Ph.D. Department of Computer Science The progress of technology in leaps and bounds has resulted in the generation of an enormous amount of digital data in the modern era. Against this backdrop, artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a useful mechanism to automatically organize and categorize data and to leverage useful patterns […]

Neil Charness receives two honors for a career of work on longevity and technology for older adults

Neil Charness, the William G. Chase Professor of Psychology and director of FSU’s Institute for Successful Longevity, has received two honors for a career of work on longevity and on technology for older adults. Each year, the Committee on Aging of the American Psychological Association presents its Award for the Advancement of Psychology and Aging […]

ISL’s latest newsletters: Companion Pets and FSU as an Age Friendly University

The latest edition of the Institute for Successful Longevity’s Newsletter features the work of two ISL researchers looking into the question of whether companion pets can ease the loneliness that worries some older adults. Read the full newsletter here: ISL NEWSLETTER January 2018 – FINAL Our previous newsletter focused on Florida State University’s designation as […]


When I was in college, my mother died during my junior year following a two-year struggle with cancer. As difficult as it was for me to lose her, my dad was in his early 50s and had to face changes in his life that were well beyond my comprehension as a 21-year-old. My mom and […]

FSU, an Age-Friendly University

Florida State University was recently awarded the designation of being an Age-Friendly University. The age-friendly university initiative is an international effort, started in Ireland by Dublin City University, and it fits nicely with initiatives such as WHO’s age-friendly city and community effort, being spearheaded locally by Sheila Salyer and the Tallahassee Senior Center. These initiatives […]

Increase in memory complaints in older adults: Does it reflect age-related memory decline and/or something else?

We all often blank on an acquaintance’s name or forget a phone number that we’ve just checked. When we’re young, we don’t pay much attention to these memory failures, but as we grow older, we become concerned more about what they mean. According to a new national survey (West Health Institute/NORC Survey on Aging on […]

Longer working years?

There is an interesting development in terms of older adult participation in the paid labor force — people are working longer, reversing a decades-long trend toward earlier retirement. The huge Baby Boom cohort has expressed interest in working past “normal” retirement periods of age 62, with partial pension, and age 65 for full pension. (Retirement […]

Osteosarcopenic obesity as a new syndrome in elderly: What are the prevention and management challenges?

The triad of bone, muscle and fat tissue deregulation: Recently, a new syndrome was identified and termed osteosarcopenic obesity (OSO), signifying the impairment of bone, muscle and adipose tissues as an ultimate consequence of aging. OSO may also develop due to the initiating presence of overweight/obesity perpetuated by low-grade chronic inflammation, as well as to […]

Where Are the Older Volunteers in Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are conducted for testing the efficacy and safety of a treatment (e.g., medication, device, procedure) for one or more medical conditions. However, older adults are systematically underrepresented in clinical trials, and this creates serious repercussions in the health-care industry. For example, as early as 1999, a study of Southwest Oncology Group reported that […]