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Institute On Aging

Adults aged 65 and older will account for 20% of the U.S. population by 2030 and the health care workforce must be ready to care for them by having sufficient numbers of providers with specialized training. Older patients generally have multiple and complex medical needs. They react differently to medications. Their independence and quality of life are often threatened by functional impairments and memory changes. Clinical research focuses on younger adults in the 40-50-year age range, leaving a significant gap of knowledge for those 65 years of age and older.

The Institute on Aging was established in 2009 with seed monies committed by UTHealth Houston in response to the imperatives of the aging population. Continuing support comes from competitive grants and private philanthropy.

We need your support for:

Clinical Care

  • House Calls
  • A Communication Portal to support full-circle care
  • Care programs for abused and neglected elders


  • Interprofessional training programs for health care providers and community service providers who work with older adults
  • Fellowships for post-residency physicians and practicing physicians to spend one to three years focusing on geriatric care and research
  • Scholarships for medical, nursing, dental, and public health students who wish to pursue careers in caring for older adults
  • Scholarships for practicing nurses who decide to pursue advanced degrees as gerontological nurse practitioners
  • Caregiver education and training programs


  • Pilot grants for young scientists pursuing geriatric and gerontological research
  • Endowed chairs in gerontology and geriatrics at any of the UTHealth Houston Schools

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