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Aging with Grace? Help from Translational Research,
Blending Science with Service

The Cornell Institute for
Translational Research on Aging (CITRA)

In recent years, it has become common to highlight the positive aspects of “successful aging.” Both scholarly and popular reports emphasize pathways to good health, well-being, social integration, and life quality in the later years. However, it is also unfortunately true that many people spend the final years of their lives with serious limitations resulting from chronic disease and disability. Advanced age is correlated with a higher incidence of cognitive impairment, psychiatric disorders, chronic disease, and social isolation.

The contradiction between the ideal of optimal physical and mental functioning, and the unfortunate reality of the vulnerability some older persons face, has provided the impetus for a strong applied focus in the field of gerontology. One of the major challenges facing the field is research translation.

 

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