The Center on Aging, Health & Humanities

Founded in 1994 by the late Gene D. Cohen, MD, The Center serves as the interprofessional home for faculty across departments and schools at The George Washington University who are working to improve the lives and health of older persons through education, research, and work in clinical arenas, with particular focus on the potential of the humanities and the creative arts to promote healing and wellness throughout the life span.

Why the Humanities and Healthcare?

Incorporating the humanities with aging and health offers opportunity to gain insight into the intersection of the human experience and the rapidly changing landscape of science, technology and public policy in healthcare. This understanding of the facets of the lives of patients, families and healthcare professionals is reflected in the education, research and clinical services at GW. This occurs through the stories we tell and hear, and the thoughts shared in our common quest for reaching our highest potential and maximizing the quality of our lives and the lives of those for whom we care.

The Center provides a home for networking and showcasing faculty member’s and researcher's individual work, with the goal of facilitating interprofessional collaboration among colleagues. With the support of The Center, researchers from diverse disciplines can build upon common areas of inquiry and develop novel research that integrates the humanities and healthcare.

The Center is also home to The Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium (WAGECC), which provides education and training to health care professionals with the ultimate goal of improving the health, quality of life, and potential of older persons, particularly those in underserved areas.