Partnership with Westminster Oaks poised to produce dynamic research opportunities
Florida State University's broad range of faculty expertise could help maximize the quality of life of senior adults, according to President Eric J. Barron.
During a Dec. 9 event at Westminster Oaks, he praised a groundbreaking partnership between the university and the Tallahassee retirement community and the possibilities it presents for a vast array of research and other collaborations.
While many research institutions focus on a single part of the aging equation, Barron says Florida State can do more.
"When it comes to aging, we want to focus on the whole person to become a world leader in age-related issues," Barron said. "We have existing strong programs that address every facet of aging. This partnership is a perfect fit for many areas of study."
From straightforward "lifelong learning" programs for the enrichment of senior adults to interdisciplinary educational and research programs geared toward developing successful longevity, Barron gave numerous examples that included academic disciplines in nearly all of the university's 16 colleges, from geriatric studies in the College of Medicine and the College of Nursing to cognition studies in the College of Education, as well as the use of the human performance laboratory in the College of Human Sciences and the world-class program in neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Psychology.
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