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With Americans enjoying longer lifespans than they ever have in the past, our country is experiencing unprecedented growth in the percentage of older adults that make up the population.

This growing demographic experiences a higher risk of chronic disease, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. These and other chronic conditions can significantly lower the quality of life for older adults and contribute to the leading causes of death among this population. By carrying out high-quality research, instruction, and community-service programs, Penn State’s Center for Healthy Aging makes these valuable resources available to a wide range of agencies as well as to the general public.

As researchers, we look to serve our community, both locally and globally, with innovative breakthroughs and significant discoveries that make real-world change for the better.

With over $800 million in annual research expenditures, Penn State ranks among the top 20 U.S. research universities, and is one of only two institutions in the nation accorded land grant, sea grant, sun grant, and space grant status.