Society for Medical Anthropology

A section of the American Anthropological Association

Academic Resources: Topical Resources

  • Aging

research tools


  • Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) is the umbrella organisation of Alzheimer associations around the world. We aim to help establish and strengthen Alzheimer associations throughout the world, and to raise global awareness about Alzheimer's disease and all other causes of dementia.
  • The Association for Anthropology and Gerontology (AAGE) was established in 1978 as a multidisciplinary group dedicated to the exploration and understanding of aging within and across the diversity of human cultures. Our perspective is holistic, comparative, and international. Our members come from a variety of academic and applied fields, including the social and biological sciences, nursing, medicine, policy studies, social work, and service provision.
  • The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
    As the only national membership organization devoted primarily to gerontological education, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) is in a unique position to develop and sponsor education and training initiatives and to involve students, educators, researchers, and officials from across the country in providing resources for older adults and for those who serve them.
  • The Gerontological Society of America
    The Gerontological Society of America is a non-profit professional organization with more than 5000 members in the field of aging. GSA provides researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy makers with opportunities to understand, advance, integrate, and use basic and applied research on aging to improve the quality of life as one ages.
  • National Academy on an Aging Society
    As a non-partisan public policy institute, the Academy actively conducts research on issues related to population aging and provides information to the public, the press, policymakers, and the academic community.
  • The U.S. Administration on Aging


academic units

  • Aging Studies Program at the University of Iowa
    The Aging Studies Program at The University of Iowa is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a multidisciplinary approach to gerontology. The program consists of courses that have been coordinated and sequenced to provide a broad background in aging for students from various disciplines.
  • Aging Studies Program at Syracuse University's Maxwell School, Center for Policy Research
    The Maxwell School's Aging Studies Program is housed in the Center for Policy Research (CPR), directed by Timothy Smeeding. The Aging Studies Program (directed by Douglas Wolf) encompasses activities of the University Gerontology Center (directed by Madonna Harrington Meyer). Forging a cooperative arrangement between the University Gerontology Center and the Center for Policy Research has allowed the Maxwell School to create a center of excellence in the research and teaching of policy issues related to the economics and demography of aging that is distinctive in its orientation, and which has achieved national and international distinction.
  • Center on Aging Studies at University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Institute for Health and Aging at UCSF
    Our faculty and investigators are internationally recognized experts, who represent multiple disciplines and health professions including anthropology, epidemiology, health economics, law, medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacology, psychology, social welfare, sociology, and statistics.
  • Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy at Florida State University
    The Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy serves as coordinator and facilitator for the multidisciplinary work in aging issues at Florida State University. The resources of the Institute are used to support individual or collaborative research projects as well as graduate training and other educational initiatives campus wide. Current research projects include work and retirement, pensions, inequality, long term care, assisted living, technology and aging, dementia and care-giving, education and achievement, well-being, life satisfaction, the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease on families and communities, intergenerational relations, Social Security and health and aging.