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 (OAI) was created in 2016 to help middle-aged and older adults, and those who work with them, explore the eight dimensions of health, wellness and resiliency. It is funded in part with generous support from Medical Mutual of Ohio and housed within the College of Health and Human Services.

Thanks to generous financial support from Medical Mutual of Ohio, the Optimal Aging Institute (OAI) in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) was strategically developed in 2016 with four goals:

1      Become recognized as an educational institution that focuses on optimal aging (with a special emphasis on health, wellness, and preventative care).

2      Become the regional incubator for innovative programming, products, and applied research that will enhance the seven dimensions of wellness across the lifespan.

3      Provide learning opportunities and educational materials focusing on optimal aging for service providers, health systems, entrepreneurs, corporations, caregivers, and older adults.

4      Become a regional advocate for programs and services tailored for older adults by strategically mobilizing university and community resources.

The OAI partners with many campus and community entities for both research and programming. If you would like to propose a research collaboration with the Institute, please contact Dr. Vivian Miller at millevj@bgsu.edu. If you have an idea for a joint program with the Institute, please email us at oai@bgsu.edu.

OAI Panel Discussions 

Vision Changes and Aging

Expert panel discussion with area experts on vision changes as we age.

Opioids and Older Adults Panel Discussion

Expert panel discussion on older adults and opioids, how the problem emerged, and what we can do to prevent, educate, and intervene to reduce negative effects.

Key Collaborators

University of Toledo 

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Area Office on Aging NW Ohio