Senior and Caregiver Activities

Engage and Educate Older Adults and Caregivers

The Institute of Gerontology has long been a leader in outreach to seniors and their caregivers. As a nationally recognized authority on aging, we conduct scientific research and disseminate findings with a mission to improve the health and well-being of older adults. Our team of faculty, students and staff, as well as countless volunteers shares a passion and dedication to successful aging. Their talent and expertise combine to create the community outreach programs detailed here.

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Art of Aging Successfully Conference
Thursday, May 13
9:30 to Noon
Learn more and register here. Free zoom conference.
Our volunteer core, the Elder Advisors to Research joined the IOG faculty in 1999 to create a conference organized by seniors for seniors. What began as an experiment has evolved into a much-anticipated annual event with a sell-out crowds of more than 300 seniors. The May conference, anchored by a well-respected keynote speaker and featuring several break-out workshops, promotes creative expression, social connection and information on ways to positively embrace all facets of aging. For more information, or to join the mailing list, contact Donna MacDonald at

Loving on Empty:  A Caregivers' Conference
Will be held virtually early October. We invite caregivers from across metro Detroit to a 1/2 day of educational presentations and self-care strategies for support. Caregivers of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to come. Whether the care partner has a physical disability, cognitive changes, or both, guests will find useful and accurate information to ease their caregiver journey.
For more information, or to join the mailing list, contact Donna MacDonald at

Healthier Black Elders Center (HBEC)
Lunch & Learn  Series

HBEC is committed to connecting Detroit's seniors and their families to current knowledge about aging and health. This year's HBEC free learning series has expanded to include new locations with a broader list of speakers and topics. The learning series are held once a month between February through April and then again in October and November at various metro locations.

For more information about the Healthier Black Elders Center, please contact Vanessa Rorai at