Our mission at Arizona Center of Aging (ACOA) is to promote healthy and functional lives for older adults through comprehensive programs in research, education and training, and clinical care.

Welcome

ACOA exists in order to improve quality of living and extend the lifespan of older adults. We want to eradicate the diseases and conditions that occur in advanced age, and to unleash the unparalleled wisdom, energy and experience of older adults for the benefit of all the world.

We believe that we can best meet this challenge through the true partnership of scientists, health care providers, educators and community workers. We strive to move fantastic discoveries from the lab to the community, and to bring questions and observations from real people into the lab where they can be solved. We are working to develop new ways of delivering healthcare that promote independence and healthy aging. Finally, we are committed to share these essential discoveries with communities in Tucson, Arizona, the US and the world through both education and outreach.

News & Media

Elders Help Teach Future Professionals

Elders living in Tucson's St. Luke's Assisted Living Center help teach aspiring medical professionals and other UA students about what it's like to age - both physically and emotionally.


Boosting Immunity in Older Adults: UA Health Sciences Immunologists Unmask New Infection-Fighting T Cells

Sixty-five is the age when many people retire, kick back and take it easy. And so it often is with the human immune system. New findings from a study led by the University of Arizona Health Sciences Department of Immunobiology show it may not have to be that way.


Op-Ed: "Landmark Legislation for Older Adults" by W. Mark Clark, PCOA

It is not news to anyone that in Washington, D.C., the legislative priorities of both parties are often subject to partisan gridlock. But the Older Americans Act has been one legislative priority with the potential to overcome political standoffs and benefit older adults across the country and here at home in Tucson and around Pima County. Last month Washington policymakers seized a rare opportunity for unanimity and passed a bipartisan Older Americans Act. This is a significant event that was signed into law by President Obama on April 19.