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At a Glance

About the Center for Aging & Community

The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community (CAC) is one of Indiana's leading centers for aging studies. CAC uses an interdisciplinary approach to develop partnerships between higher education, business organizations, and the community. The Center prides itself on being a champion for advancing the new reality of older adults as corporate, community, and family assets.

CAC offers outstanding online education in aging studies. In addition, we provide research and consultation services to civic, philanthropic, business, and community organizations who are working to serve older adults. By working with organizations and individuals who work with the aging population, CAC seeks to improve the quality of life for older adults across Indiana and beyond.

Our Mission

The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community collaborates, educates, and conducts research to enhance the quality of life for all people as they age.

Our Vision

The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community is a catalyst for change that leads to a world in which all people age with dignity and optimal health.

Our Philosophy

The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community is guided by the belief that it must move beyond the medical model in its approach to aging issues, viewing older adults holistically and acknowledging that they are community assets. CAC's programs, policies, and partnerships must therefore promote positive aging and an age-friendly society in practical ways.

The Center holds that the keys to optimal aging are maintaining health; preventing disease, injury, and disability; maximizing independence; and maintaining active participation with the community. Recognizing the value of interdisciplinary collaboration in developing approaches that are centered on the needs of clients, families, and caregivers, the Center balances theory and practice to create effective partnerships with community members and agencies. Because it is committed to being a resource for students and community agencies in the field of aging studies, CAC's efforts are devoted to solving real-world problems in a responsible and responsive manner.