Pillemer, Karl : Small Grant, 2013-2014


Karl Pillemer (Human Development)

College of Human Ecology
Human Development
Project Title: 
Research and Policy to Promote Active Aging: An International Collaboration
Project Abstract: 
The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified the promotion of healthy and active aging as a major international policy priority. The enormous growth in the older population worldwide creates dilemmas for both developed and developing countries, as financial and service needs are likely to conflict with increasingly scarce funding for social security and health care systems. One solution identified by WHO and the United Nations, and embraced by a number of countries, is the concept of “active aging,” which entails a comprehensive strategy for optimizing quality of life for people as they age. One major gap in attempts to promote active aging is a lack of international communication and collaboration. Many countries are implementing or considering policies that support active aging, focusing on such outcomes as reducing premature death, preventing disability, and fostering engagement in fulfilling relationships and meaningful roles. However, comparison of different national approaches, and the exchange of “best practices” and effective policies, has rarely taken place. To address this knowledge gap, the project will create an innovative and productive partnership between two aging centers: The Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging (CITRA) and the Center of Socio-Economic Research on Ageing (CSRA) which is a division of the Italian National Research Centre on Ageing in Ancona, Italy.