Aging Research Interest Group


Newly created and currently directed by Terry Berthelot, MSW, JD, members of the Aging RIG are interested in studying the impact of aging on the individual, family, and society. Our goals include research collaboration, cross-disciplinary engagement, and meaningful conversation with law and policy makers.

Aging impacts our bodies, our families, and our communities. And it raises complex questions that are bigger than any one discipline: from medical questions about how aging affects health; to legal, policy, and sociological questions about the economy, long-term care, and the right to die; to philosophical questions about the meaning of age itself. The aging of the U.S. population means that these questions are more pressing than ever. Now is the time to ensure our research scholarship is enacted into law and policy that will ultimately positively impact the lives of our aged population, including our grandparents, our mothers, our fathers, and ourselves.

Leadership Team

Terry Berthelot, MSW, JD
Assistant Professor In-Residence
Human Development & Family Studies

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To join the Aging RIG, please fill out the form below:

Upcoming Events:

CANCELLED: “Using Social Network Analysis to Optimize Access to Culturally Responsive and Affordable Transportation for Older (Im)igrants.”


InCHIP’s Aging Research Interest Group has invited Rupal Parekh, PhD (Social Work) to give a presentation on the impact of transportation on aging migrant and immigrant populations.

Dr Parekh has over a decade of professional and practice experience working with diverse older adult populations across the continuum of care. Her primary research aim is to improve outcomes for late-life immigrants, with particular attention to the role of the built environment on social isolation. Her research advocates for the development of culturally-grounded assessment tools, evidence-based practices, and national and state legislation to address the needs of older adults at the intersection of social isolation, multiple health issues, and structural and social barriers.


November 6th 2019 at 3PM


InCHIP Colloquium Room, J. Ray Ryan Building, Storrs Campus

Light refreshments will be provided.

Past Events

Aging Research Interest Group Networking Event


If you are interested in discussing issues associated with aging and networking with others working in aging related domains, we warmly welcome you to attend our upcoming networking event. We will be serving brunch. Please sign up below to attend.


May 21st 2019 from 10AM-12PM. Please note brunch will be served.


Room 204 (2nd Floor) J. Ray Ryan Building