Electronic microscopy image of an abnormal mitochondria © Judith Mitnick, PhD, Yale Pathology EM Lab
Yale Center for Research on Aging (Y-Age)
Social and medical advances have significantly increased human longevity and we are currently experiencing a rapid rise in the percentage of our population that is over 65 years old. In fact, the number of people that will surpass 80 years of age is expected to triple in coming decades.
However, with aging comes an exceptionally heightened risk for disability and disease, often with multiple pathogenic or degenerative processes occurring simultaneously. Without large-scale planning and research-based interventions, our aging society will endure potentially intractable healthcare and socioeconomic challenges. This situation is often referred to as the “Silver Tsunamis.”
The Yale Center for Research on Aging (Y-Age) is focused on translating discoveries from research on the basic biology of aging into interventions to promote healthy aging, better treatment modalities for elderly patients, and to combat common age-related diseases and pathology.