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 the seven 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 emphasizes the “3 R’s”

RELATIONSHIPS – Educates students, faculty and staff about healthy aging while cultivating community relationships

RESOURCES –Provides optimal aging resources, materials and programs

RESEARCH – Promotes research and scholarship related to optimal aging


DON’T MISS our upcoming Optimal Aging Community Fair about “Optimally Aging at Home and in the Community,” on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at BGSU!   

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Check out our NEW Fall Programs including Yoga As You Are, Coffee Talks, and more!

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Care Compass Project

Personal Care: Nutrition and Swallowing Issues
October 25, 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