Toward Healthier Aging

Published in Hopkins Medicine - Winter 2022

“Many older adults accumulate health problems and have functional and cognitive declines that impact their ability to stay in their own homes and enjoy meaningful social interactions. This new enterprise is attempting to disrupt these problems in ways that will lengthen the years that people have to enjoy independent, highly functional lives, free of cognitive impairment.”

— Johns Hopkins gerontologist Jeremy Walston, speaking about a Johns Hopkins initiative that recently garnered $20 million in funding from the National Institute on Aging to spur development of artificial intelligence devices to improve the health of older adults and help them live independently for longer. The funds, spread over five years, will launch an AI and technology collaboration with members from the schools of Medicine and Nursing, the Whiting School of Engineering, and the Carey Business School, as well as stakeholders including older Americans and caregivers, technology developers and innovators, and industry partners.