Mar 07, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II

Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging

Executive Director

Ruth Finkelstein, Professor; ScD, John Hopkins University

The Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging, located in East Harlem, is dedicated to improving the lives of older adults through research, demonstration projects, policy and professional development. We work to ensure that aging is framed not as a disease, but as another stage in the life course.  

Founded in 1974 by Dr. Rose Dobrof, Brookdale was one of the country’s first academic gerontology centers with a focus on social gerontology and elder law. The Sadin Institute for Law and Public Policy, a Brookdale program, was created in 1977 by Samuel Sadin to train law students and provide continuing legal education to elder law practitioners. Over the decades, Brookdale has supported generations of professionals and paraprofessionals committed to improving the lives of older adults while nurturing legal and policy experts in aging equity.

Today, under the guidance of Executive Director Dr. Ruth Finkelstein, Brookdale works with community, academic, and governmental partners to ensure that New York City is a great place to grow old. Our work crosses disciplines with a focus on community-based participatory research and the development and evaluation of new policy and practice solutions. We communicate what we learn to the people with the power to transform the lives of older adults: policymakers and our colleagues in the field of aging.

Hunter undergraduate and graduate students have gained experience through internships and practica at Brookdale. Our project areas include work and aging, HIV and aging, sexuality and gender diversity, financial exploitation, housing and urban environments, arts and aging, and cumulative disadvantage.

Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging

Hunter College/CUNY

2180 Third Avenue, 8th Floor

New York, NY  10035