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Welcome to the UW–Madison Institute on Aging!

Our center is a hub of cutting-edge research on health and well-being as individuals travel across the decades of adult life.  We look outward to broad influences of class, culture, and race/ethnicity as well as inward to fine-grained influences of biology, genetics, and neuroscience.  Between these two, we examine proximal influences from work and family life, personal thoughts and feelings, and health practices and behaviors. Collectively, our work:

  • Emphasizes the potential and strengths of individuals as they age
  • Improves understanding of pathways to disease and impairments of growing older
  • Advances knowledge of resilience in the face of challenge and adversity

Latest Newsletters

Our newsletters inform researchers and members of the general public about current advances coming out of UW research on aging and national research from IOA’s Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study. Visit our Newsletters page to learn more.

IOA Newsletter

Aging News

2018 IOA Newsletter front cover

MIDUS Newsletter

Cancer Survivors in MIDUS

Cancer Survivors Newsletter Front Page

Woman hula hooping outsideSave the date for the 32nd Annual Colloquium on Aging

Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

(This event has been rescheduled to 2021 due to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic.)

Get Involved!

Check out our calendar to see what’s happening at the Institute on Aging.

To learn more about aging-related research conducted at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, see the websites of the Institute on Aging Affiliates.