The mission of the Life Course Center is to address critical challenges of our times through interdisciplinary scholarship and public engagement that promote social participation, equity, health and well-being at all ages and life stages.

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Research Snapshot

Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD, is the Robert L. Kane Endowed Professor in Long-Term Care & Aging in the Division of Health Policy and Management and School of Public Health. An applied gerontologist, Dr. Gaugler's interests include Alzheimer's disease and long-term care, the longitudinal ramifications of family care for persons with dementia and other chronic conditions, and the effectiveness of community-based and psychosocial services for older adults with dementia and their caregiving families. 


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Why a Life Course Center?

A life course approach is about time, age, biography, and history—the dynamics and inequalities of women’s and men’s pathways, perspectives, health, and well-being as they play out in work, family, educational, health, community, policy, and comparative locational contexts. Transformational demographic, technological, socioeconomic, and cultural changes are upending existing institutions undergirding the conventional life course, while simultaneously exacerbating multiple dimensions of disadvantage. Interdisciplinary life course scholars can address the human meaning of these dislocations and disadvantages, as well as necessary policy innovations to promote social engagement, social welfare, health and well-being.


  • Provide a learning community around life course scholarship and training
  • Foster intergenerational educational experiences
  • Understand lives, contexts, and social change through interdisciplinary longitudinal research

Upcoming Events

Retirement Decisions in a Couple Context
Maria Eismann

SEPTEMBER 11, 2019
Is Healthcare the New Manufacturing?
Janette Dill

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
The Path to Job Loss
Sarah Damaske

All LCC Seminars are open to the public and include refreshments.

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In the News

"When do Americans retire?"
WCCO, July 8, 2019

"When older students and younger students teach each other,"
Next Avenue and Forbes, February 25, 2019

"New post-retirement job: Making the world a better place"
Star Tribune, February 16, 2019

"University of Minnesota professor begins statewide tour to shed light on Alzheimer's"
Star Tribune, November 3, 2018

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