Institute for Optimal Aging

August 25, 2009

The Institute for Optimal Aging, based in Brentwood, TN, and four partners Brookdale Senior Living, HealthMEDX, Life Care Services, and Erickson Retirement Communities, have funded the first year of a longitudinal study and two pilot studies which will explore quality of life in continuing care retirement communities across the nation. In terms of long-retirement options, continuing care retirement communities have not been well researched, thus prompting the need for these studies.

The Institute for Optimal Aging and its partners will collaborate with faculty from the University of South Florida’s College of Behavioral & Community Sciences Department of Aging & Mental Health Disparities (AMHD), including Lisa Brown, PhD, associate professor; John Schinka, PhD, courtesy professor; Kathryn Frahm, PhD, postdoctoral fellow; and Whitney Mills, School of Aging Studies PhD candidate and AMHD graduate research associate.  The longitudinal study will investigate long-term outcomes of residents living in continuing care retirement communities. AMHD’s Amber Gum, PhD, assistant professor and David Chiriboga, PhD, professor, will conduct smaller pilot studies to provide short-term cross-sectional data.

According to the Institute’s website, “The Institute for Optimal Aging seeks and distributes funding to enhance the wellness of older adults through applied evidence-based research, education, and dissemination of information related to the six dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual and purposeful.”

For more information on the studies, please contact Dr. Lisa Brown at