Tulane Home Tulane Shield logo linking to site home page

Tulane Center for Aging


An Aging Population

The demographic reality today and in the foreseeable future is a graying population, both in terms of an increase in life expectancy and in the number of people over the age of 65. The retirement of the baby boomers, 77 million strong, will place a strain on Social Security and Medicare in the next decades. Only a compression of morbidity, coupled to changes in health systems management and healthcare delivery, can relieve this pressure. This will require significant research effort, in biological sciences, clinical medicine, behavioral and social sciences, as well as demography, economics, and policy planning. The research will engage basic, clinical, and translational scientists in multidisciplinary teams. The issues surrounding the expansion of the elder population transcend medicine and public health. The design and implementation of elder-friendly communities is emerging rapidly with abundant economic impact on this state and country. Furthermore, the increase in elder health that is an essential social and economic imperative will require planning for second and even third careers. The concept of 'active retirement' is taking on new meaning under current economic conditions. This in turn engages universities in forms of continuing education that have yet to be thoroughly explored, and it also has important implications for the model of the workplace.

(New!) TCFA Newsletter: March 2023

Link to full article: /sites/default/files/Newsletter TCFA March 2023.pdf









Congratulations to Interdisciplinary PhD student, Lauren Hunter

The Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging and and Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Related Dementia awarded Hunter a tuition scholarship in the amount of $550 to attend the Introduction to the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) Workshop this June. The workshop is a week long and is designed to give participants, especially early career scholars, an introduction to the HRS that will enable them to get started using the data for research. 

To learn more visit https://agingcenters.org/opportunities/

People Program Helps Seniors Find a Sense of Meaning

People Program Helps Seniors- nola.comThe demographic reality today and in the foreseeable future is a graying population, both in terms of an increase in life expectancy and in the number of people over the age of 65. With more than 175 classes, People Program, a nonprofit founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1974, provides anyone 50 and older with creative ways to spend leisure time. www.nola.com

Tulane University's Aging Studies Program also plays a vital role in the organization by providing Ph.D. interns to teach several classes each semester.


Congratulations to Interdisciplinary PhD student, Briana Smith

Briana Smith, a first-year PhD student in the Aging Studies program, has successfully completed the process to become an ombudsman in the state of Louisiana. She was highlighted in the "Ombuds Bulletin" as one of eight new ombudsman in the "Louisiana Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program" or LTCOP. As a part of the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Aging Studies, internships have been a core piece for students, which allows them to volunteer with local organizations like the LTCOP. Students are encouraged to take opportunities like this one to explore and further understand the processes of aging in both the psychosocial and biomedical aspects.

Congratulations to Interdisciplinary PhD Student, Lauren Dayan-Hunter

Lauren Dayan-Hunter, Student in the Interdisciplinary of Aging Studies Program, has been published in the OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying. Read More

Congratulations to Professor Elizabeth “Liz” Engler-Chiurazzi

Elizabeth "Liz" Engler-Chiurazzi, assistant professor of neurosurgery at the School of Medicine, was chosen as one of the 120 If/Then ambassadors. Read More

Congratulations to Professor Robert St. Martin Westley

Robert St. Martin Westley of the Tulane School of Law, a Center member, wins Provost's Award for Excellence in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Read More



The Tulane Center for Aging is dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life of an aging population through research, education, and innovative approaches to healthcare and community planning and design.


The Tulane Center for Aging will foster and support the development of research programs across a broad spectrum of disciplines that will provide solutions to the problems associated with aging at the level of the individual, the community, and the population. Special emphasis will be placed on multidisciplinary efforts that harness the extensive resources available at the Uptown and Downtown Campuses and at the Tulane National Primate Research Center. In the process, these efforts will strengthen individual programs, departments, and disciplines throughout Tulane University. They will also contribute to the development of new initiatives. Virtually any area of endeavor at the University becomes a focus for the Center when the dimension of aging is applied. The Tulane Center for Aging will from the outset play a leading role in the strengthening of geriatrics and gerontology training at the University. This will be achieved by coordinating research, training/education, and service efforts. Our long term goal is to create a policy planning think tank that will serve the state and the region.

TCFA graphic