Welcome from the Center Director

As the Director of the Johns Hopkins University Center on Aging and Health (COAH), I welcome you and thank you for visiting our website!

The Center consists of more than 40 faculty members from Johns Hopkins University’s schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing who collaborate with other investigators at Johns Hopkins and around the world to pursue exciting goals in the areas of research, training, clinical care, and public service.  Our overriding objective is to discover new and more effective ways to promote the health and well-being of older adults, and to help them continue to make valuable contributions to our communities. 

In addition to our innovative research projects, such as those on family caregiving, cognitive and sensory functioning, physical mobility, social engagement, and frailty and resiliency, we have active predoctoral and postdoctoral training programs and numerous partnerships with community stakeholders.   

Now more than ever, the health of our older adults is a critical issue.  Since the novel coronavirus arrived, we have been deeply concerned about COVID-19’s impact on the lives of older people; the safety  and well-being of those in nursing homes; the isolating effects of physical distancing; and dilemmas about how to function and go about daily necessities during a pandemic while staying safer.  Please follow us on Twitter @jhu_coah where we have promoted up-to-date patient and caregiver resources as well as the latest COVID-19 news trends pertaining to older people.  

All of us in the Center appreciate you taking the time to explore our website.  I hope you will discover that it contains a lot of useful information about our research and activities.  Feel free to contact us if you would like any additional information.


Center Director, Dr. David L. Roth, shares the Center's mission of helping and improving the health and well-being of older adults and their families.