Two Billion Strong by 2050

Meet the world's fastest-growing age group

People over 65 are the world's fastest-growing age group, and in the years ahead, the knowledge, wisdom and lived experience embodied by older adults will reach a level unlike ever before. 

Arizona is now home to some 1.4 million people 65 and older — a number that's grown more than 50 percent over the past decade. In the United States, there are more than 54 million people 65 and older, and they'll make up more than one in five U.S. residents by 2024. 

Our Goals

This website was created to help the University of Arizona meet 4 goals. 

1. Connection

Welcoming and connecting older adults with the University of Arizona community

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2. Partnerships

Forming partnerships to discover and implement new models of healthy aging

How Can We Work Together?

3. Research

Conducting campus-wide research and encouraging new discoveries in aging

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4. Education

Providing educational opportunities for older adults and the workforce that will care for them

Educational Opportunities

About the Innovations in Healthy Aging Initiative at the University of Arizona

In 2018 – 2019, the University of Arizona developed a new Strategic Plan for responding to the most pressing issues facing our world. Innovations in Healthy Aging (IHA) was born of that plan, with a charter to explore, discover and evaluate new models for healthy aging and meeting the needs of the aging population. 

IHA provides a network for scholars, an educational resource for traditional and non-traditional students, a resource for allies and potential partners to explore opportunities with the University of Arizona, and a hub for connecting older adults in Southern and Central Arizona. Our 4 main objectives:

  1. Integrate older adults with the UArizona, whether living independently or in senior living communities. 
  2. Partner with developers to discover and implement models of healthy aging by including older adults and other stakeholders in creation of the models.
  3. Research, discovery, and innovation in aging.
  4. Provide educational opportunities in geroscience to create a workforce for care of older adults.

Reports on the Growth of Aging Populations

Ageing & Health Facts from the WHO   2020 Profile of Older Americans