What We Do

According to the US Census Bureau, approximately 20% of the US population is expected to be older than 65 years of age by the year 2030. To step up to this challenge, several of OHSU’s schools and institutes have banded together to form the OHSU Healthy Aging Alliance, which has a primary mission of speeding up the development of safe and effective therapies for the elderly and of provide them with more informed healthy lifestyle choices. By utilizing the vast array of expertise and multi-disciplinary approaches of it members, the Alliance is able to translate findings from basic research to clinical studies and to efficiently integrate them into improved health care delivery systems for the elderly. In addition, the Alliance is dedicated to healthy aging awareness and education, and provides training for our next generation of basic and clinical scientist, with a special emphasis on age-related disorders.

The OHSU Healthy Aging Alliance draws its strength from the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Nursing. In addition, the Alliance benefits tremendously from the basic science research performed at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), and the unique technological developments of the Oregon Center for Technology and Aging (ORCATECH). The Oregon Geriatrics Education Center (OGEC) plays a key role in improving the care of the elderly through interdisciplinary education and training of health care providers.

The Healthy Aging Alliance combines basic research, applied healthcare as well as clinical and translational practices to advance our understanding of healthy aging.

Our Partners

The OHSU Healthy Aging Alliance includes researchers, educators, and clinicians from across the Institution and around the State.

ORCATECH is a unique research center creating real-world, real-time, clinically meaningful outcomes through embedded home-based technology

The Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center serves patients with Alzheimer’s and related disorders and connects to >50 Portland area retirement centers with over 10,000 individuals

 The mission of the OGEC is to improve the care of older adults through the interdisciplinary education and training of health care providers.
The Oregon Geriatric Education Center (OGEC) leads evidence-based falls prevention workshops for interprofessional teams throughout Oregon.

 Dr. Helmi Lutsep is Professor and Vice Chair of Neurology at OHSU, which is part of the OHSU Brain Institute
The OHSU Brain Institute uses the most advanced technology to learn more about the brain and the best ways to treat neurological and psychiatric diseases

The Portland VA Medical Center provides health care services to veterans in Oregon and Southwest Washington for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Oregon National Primate Research Center's Biology of Aging Program conducts basic and translational research, using multi-disciplinary approaches, to elucidate mechanisms underlying normal and pathological human aging.

Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence prepares nurse leaders to meet the challenges of caring for an aging population through the integration of practice, education, and policy.

The Aging Nonhuman Primate Resource at the Oregon National Primate Research Center provides animals necessary for accelerated research on aging and diseases of old age.