The MIT AgeLab conducts research that enables businesses, governments and non-profits to develop new products, services and public information to help older adults and their families. Wherever possible, the Lab translates research into reality by contributing to public education guides or by collecting information that might otherwise be difficult to find in one place.
A centerpiece of this work is our decade-long collaboration with The Hartford’s Advance 50 Team. Together we have conducted original research and translated these findings into practical and accessible information for aging professionals, individuals, families and formal caregivers. Other support for this work has come from the US Department of Transportation's New England University Transportation Center, AARP and other sponsors of the AgeLab.
A list of areas in which the AgeLab has done research includes:
Over the past several decades there has been a shift away from older adults financing retirement with Social Security and perhaps a pension from a longtime employer to greater dependence on personals...