Scripps Gerontology Center

Miami University

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After more than four decades at the forefront of demographic research on population growth, in the late 1960s the Scripps Gerontology Center began focusing on aging as the most significant population trend affecting all societies.

The mission of Scripps Gerontology Center is to provide research, education, and services that make a positive difference in the lives of older people, their families, and their communities. The vision for Scripps is to continue as a national leader in research designed to inform policy and improve practice, and to become a world leader in international gerontology. As a multi-disciplinary, crossdivisional organization at Miami University, Scripps researchers and affiliated faculty have backgrounds in gerontology, demography, social welfare policy, sociology, economics, human development, psychology, anthropology, and business.

Driving Economic Advancement

Scripps Gerontology Center's greatest impact on the economy is through applied and policy-relevant research. Scripps research on the structure, quality, and financing of long-term care is used by Ohio's aging services and policymakers to inform the development of a more consumer-centered and cost-effective system. One direct result of a more cost-effective system is savings to Medicaid, which represents 24% of state expenditures, on average.

In addition, Scripps research on the aging workforce, and particularly on meeting the needs of people who are balancing employment with family caregiving responsibilities, has a significant, if indirect, impact on worker productivity, employer hiring and training costs, and worker income.

Finally, Miami University's academic programs in gerontology are training future leaders in the planning and management of long-term care and other aging programs—some of the fastest growing industries in an aging society.


  • Miami University is one of only 10 higher education institutions in the world to offer all three levels of academic credential in gerontology
  • Gerontology graduates hold leadership roles at federal, state, and local levels, in government, non-profit, and private sectors
  • Scripps Gerontology Center is among the top grant-getting units at Miami University
  • In 2009, gerontology research at Miami University was the subject of 20 press releases and more than 40 news stories
  • Also in 2009, Scripps researchers provided testimony to and/or served on five legislative, state department-level, or governor-appointed committees and advisory groups


  • Increase external funding and diversify sources
  • Enhance responsiveness to the public need for timely information
  • Broaden collaborations with community partners
  • Maintain and enhance national and international reach and reputation for objective, high-quality research and education in gerontology


  • Job placement rate of program graduates
  • Amount of funding from external sources
  • Amount of research cited by stakeholders, including state and federal legislators and legislative committees
  • Number of collaborations to design, implement, and evaluate innovative programs in the field of aging
  • Number of formal research and educational collaborations with international organizations and institutions
  • Amount of state, national, and international recognitions for gerontology programs