Center for Optimal Aging

A vibrant and inclusive academic center that values and supports collaborations and engagements that have the goal of advancing optimal aging for all.

The mission of the Marymount University Center for Optimal Aging (MCOA) is to drive and advance gerontological innovations, discoveries, and solutions to promote a meaningful, enriched, and dignified life for all.


Center for Optimal Aging

Center for Optimal Aging Framework

The Marymount Center for Optimal Aging works closely and collaboratively with the Marymount University Colleges and Centers to build infrastructure, resources, and best practices to advance the Center’s mission.


The Center for Optimal Aging is designed to be inclusive and diverse and will support:

  • Resources for establishing, assessing, and evaluating evidence-based, health-promoting programs.
  • Partners in community initiatives toward optimal and age-friendly communities.
  • Resources and clearinghouse for student internships, research trainees, and service-learning that is older adult-serving.
  • Advocacy for health and social policies supporting older adults.
  • Systems to foster innovative interdisciplinary aging-related research.
  • Resources for intergenerational activities.
  • Structure for success with grants and foundation initiatives associated with older adults’ health and wellbeing.

Our research interests include a wide range of topics, including:

  • Brain and environmental health
  • Health promotion, physical activity, and wellness
  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Caregiver and care partner
  • Social determinants of health
  • Falls risks and prevention
  • Age-friendly communities and community health
  • Aging workforce
  • Cybersecurity and artificial intelligence
  • Assistive technologies
  • Evidence-based practice and translation


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