The mission of the Institute of Gerontology at California State University Fullerton is the advancement of successful aging practices through research, education, and community service. Programs and projects developed and sponsored by the Institute, or affiliated with the Institute, will promote successful aging within the broad parameters of wellness of mind and body and through the implementation of appropriate public policies. The Institute will enhance the dissemination of information pertaining to gerontology, and shall engender multi- and inter- disciplinary research and projects, promoting a university environment that is congenial for such research and activities in gerontology. The Institute shall foster communication of ideas and information concerning gerontology. Whenever possible the Institute’s activities and programs shall be structured to allow the full participation of all its members.
Dr. Debra Rose is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Director of the Center for Successful Aging and the Institute of Gerontology at California State University at Fullerton. She also serves as co-director of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence housed at the University of Southern California. Her primary research focus is on the enhancement of mobility and the prevention of falls in later years. Dr. Rose is nationally and internationally recognized for her work in fall risk reduction assessment and programming and has received numerous awards for her scientific and professional contributions in the areas of healthy aging and fall risk reduction.