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"

Congratulations To The New 2015/16 LIFE Scholars

The LIFE Scholars Summer Research Program, sponsored by The Center for Healthy Aging Research, provides an opportunity for students to work with a faculty member to develop research skills and an understanding of opportunities in science and research.

Visit the LIFE Scholars page for a listing of this year's recipients, their faculty mentor and the research they will be working on.


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.

Military Life Course

Access study specific documents, longitudinal studies, publications, network meeting documents, and other resources at the Military Life Course website.

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.