Optimal Aging Institute

Optimal aging goes beyond good health and longevity. It deals with the capacity to function across many dimensions of wellness—physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, cultural, and occupational. That ability to function is rooted in one’s own resiliency—being able to adjust and adapt, no matter what challenges and stressors one encounters.

BGSU’s Optimal Aging Institute was created in 2016 to help middle-aged and older adults, and those who work with them, explore these dimensions of health, wellness and resiliency. Funded in part with generous support from Medical Mutual of Ohio and housed within the College of Health and Human Services, the Optimal Aging Institute:

  • Educates students about topics and issues related to optimal and healthy aging;
  • Supports research and scholarship related to optimal aging; and
  • Provides and promotes learning opportunities, educational materials, products, and activities for middle-aged and older adults, in collaboration with existing programs and service providers.

Spring 2017 Programs 

Enhance all your dimensions of wellness! Register for programs such as Pet Therapy, Ukulele for Beginners, and more! All programs are free, but pre-registration is encouraged. 

Spring 2017 Full List of Programs


Care Compass Project

Personal Care Training for Caregivers and Legal Services
April 26, 2017 11:00-1:00 PM

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Older Adult Fitness Classes

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Optimal Aging Small Grants Program Now Available for BGSU Faculty, Administrative Staff