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:

Engineering for Human Rights Initiative & Aging Research Interest Group

“Conversation on The Transportation Challenges and Opportunities for People with Disabilities and Aging Population in Connecticut.”

February 10, 2021 2:00-4:00 PM EST
Via WebEX

Please submit your questions for the panelist using the registration link:


The Engineering for Human Rights Initiative and the Aging Research Interest Group of the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) invite you to join us for a conversation about the main challenges that Connecticut’s aging population and people with disabilities face when traveling to work, recreation, healthcare, and other important daily activities. Additionally, we will also discuss current opportunities to improve transportation and accessibility services for these communities through research and advocacy. The problems and opportunities identified will serve to generate joint research efforts with advocates and stakeholders from aging communities and people with disabilities, state and local government, and researchers from the University of Connecticut. Jennifer W Gorman, Field Representative from Connecticut’s department of Aging and Disability Services; Lara K. Stauning, Staff Attorney, Legal Assistance Developer, Department of Aging and Disability Services; Patricia Richardson, Field Representative, ADRC Statewide Coordinator, Connecticut Department of Aging and Disability Services; and Walter Glomb, Director, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities will participate in the conversation and have very generously offered to share their expertise and knowledge.

2:00 – 2:15: Introductions
2:15 – 3:00: Short presentations and comments by advocates and stakeholders from the aging and disabilities groups in Connecticut
3:00 – 4:00: Questions and Answers