The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that it has renewed funding for nine Edward R. Roybal Centers for Research on Applied Gerontology  and designated four new centers. The goal of the centers is to move promising social and behavioral research findings out of the laboratory and into programs and practices that will improve the lives of older people and help society adapt to an aging population. The centers focus on a range of projects, including maintaining mobility and physical function, enhancing driving performance, understanding financial and medical decision making, and sharpening cognitive function.
The total amount of support is more than $23.4 million over the next five yeras. The majority of the funding is provided by the NIA. One of the new centers was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Additional funding is supplied by the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Social Security Administration and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education.