The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Center for Aging has changed its name to the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging. The name change for the university-wide interdisciplinary research center was approved by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees April 12, 2013.
The new name reflects the comprehensive scope of the Center's mission, the interdisciplinary nature of its programs and its commitment to optimizing the health and well-being of all older adults and their families. The center is a world leader in creating and using knowledge that will optimize function, enhance management of illness and improve health for older adults.
More than 220 faculty members are affiliated with the Center, working collaboratively to pursue programs and activities in three broad areas: optimizing function, improving management of illness and improving health for all older adults.
Efforts in optimizing function include research and therapy in the areas of mobility, cognition, vision and continence. Center faculty are working to improve the management of illness in the complex older adult through research on the basic mechanisms of aging and age-related diseases, especially for those older adults with advanced problems and multiple chronic conditions. The Center is pursuing improved health for all older adults by eliminating or reducing disparities based on age, socio-economic status, race or rural residence.