About the Institute


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. Beth Sanders, Chair, Department of Human Services, at sandbet@bgsu.edu. If you have an idea for a joint program with the Institute, please email us at oai@bgsu.edu.