College of Education and Health Professions

Office for Studies on Aging

Our Origin

In response to the “graying of America,” the College of Education and Health Professions, in collaboration with the Graduate School, established the Office for Studies on Aging in the fall of 1999. 

Our Mission

  • Provide advocacy for policies and practices enhancing quality of life across the life span
  • Facilitate better community interface between university and community in addressing the needs of older adults
  • Promote interdisciplinary research
  • Support interdisciplinary education in gerontology on the University of Arkansas campus
  • Create outreach opportunities for service to an aging population 

Who We Are

The co-directors of the Office for Studies on Aging:
Dr. Michelle Gray, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology - Exercise Science
Dr. Barbara B. Shadden, University Professor, Communication Disorders 

Getting in Touch

The Office for Studies on Aging is located in the HPER Building on the University of Arkansas campus, in room 326A, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

Phone: 479-575-2975
Fax: 479-575-2853
E-mail: aging@uark.edu

Age Friendly Fayetteville

Age Friendly Fayetteville is an initiative to establish Fayetteville, Ark., as a World Health Organization Age Friendly City. This movement is a collaboration between the city of Fayetteville, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, and University of Arkansas. The purpose of the initiative is to use the World Health Organization Age-Friendly Cities model as a strategy to establish Fayetteville, Ark., as an age-friendly city. So…what is Age Friendly? According to the World Health Organization, Age Friendly is …an inclusive and accessible urban environment that promotes active aging” [by targeting] “environmental, social and economic factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults” [in the community].