Center for Aging, Health and Humanities

The George Washington University Center for Aging, Health and Humanities, is the interdisciplinary home for GW faculty to collaborate on research, education, scholarship and clinical innovations to improve the care of older adults and their families. The center works with faculty and organizations to incorporate skills, benefits and lessons learned from the humanities in the fields of aging and health. This unique approach provides practitioners insight into the intersection of the human experience and the rapidly changing landscape of science, technology and public policy in health care.

Understanding the lives of patients, families and health care professionals is essential to education, research and clinical services. By sharing and listening to our collective stories, we believe we can reach our highest potential and maximize the quality of life of those for whom we care as well as our own. 

If you have questions about any of the available resources or would like to partner, contact us at [email protected].


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Congratulation to our partner Gail Kohn, Age-Friendly DC Coordinator, for being named a 19th Annual Cafritz Awards Winner, honoring the best in public service!

"Gail has her finger on the pulse of the needs of Washington DC's oldest citizens... She is the driving force behind DC Government to make the city better for its older residents – efforts that invariably create a community that is livable for people of all ages."

Melissa Batchelor
Center Director

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Aging and Health Policy

Discover how policies and agencies impact the approaches to caring for older adults living within the community.

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Clinical Innovation

Choose from a variety of services in the Washington, D.C. area designed to help support citizens age in place. Our Founder


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Geriatric Education

Learn the skills necessary to provide care for older adults through a variety of academic programs and workshops.

Our Founder

Dr. Gene Cohen, was known for groundbreaking research on the importance of creativity in aging to our quality of life, as well as physiological well-being, established the center in 1994.

About Dr. Cohen