Center for Healthy Aging Research

The Center for Healthy Aging Research (CHAR) has been established at Oregon State University since 2005 to advance aging research and to promote healthy aging for older adults throughout the nation. Building on Oregon State’s distinguished Program on Gerontology, its outstanding Extension programs, and the University’s rich research resources, a vital community of scholars has emerged to explore aging in all its facets. (See “About the Center" and "Message from the director" for more details)

Research scholarship "LIFE Scholars"

For undergrad and graduate students. Applications due May 15. See details and apply.


  • Gerontology Student Association Presents
    Silver Screen: Friends!

    The one where Mr. Heckles Dies.
    Thursday May 14, 6:30pm Waldo Hall 400
  • Be sure to see the center's full event calendar


The Center is organized into four Research Cores:

LIFE Registry

Any adult aged 50 or over, residing in the State of Oregon, is welcome to volunteer for the LIFE Registry to join our research studies.  Your participation will help us conduct research to inform policy, create programs, and develop strategies to meet the needs of older individuals, their families, and society.

IGERT: Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training

The Oregon State IGERT in Aging Sciences is an integrative traineeship, funded, in part, by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program aims to develop a new generation of interdisciplinary scientists with the professional skills to shape the research, products, and policies for current and future older populations.

Gerontechnology video vignettes

These videos portray several gerontechnologies that might be used to assist aging-in-place and have been used to stimulate discussion among members of research focus groups.

The researchers gratefully acknowledge the support of the Oregon Roybal Center for Aging, Technology, Education and Community Health (ORCATECH), grant #0409A.