USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging

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The Roybal Institute Translating Research into Practice

Community Partnerships

The Roybal Institute builds community-university coalitions that advance the quality of life of low-income, ethnic elders.

The Roybal Institute developed a project with a local area high school in which students conducted intergenerational interviews with members of their family using iPod Touches to create audio-visual stories.
The Roybal Institute developed a project with a local area high school in which students conducted intergenerational interviews with members of their family using iPod Touches to create audio-visual stories.

Dissemination

The Roybal Institute contributes to the public understanding of aging issues and informs public policy that affects older, underserved ethnic minority populations.

From left: Rigo Saborio, Dean Marilyn Flynn, Robert Taylor, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Hon. Togo West Jr., William Vega and Anthony Hassan at the 2014 Edward R. Roybal Memorial Lecture. Photo by Steve Cohn.
From left: Rigo Saborio, Dean Marilyn Flynn, Robert Taylor, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Hon. Togo West Jr., William Vega and Anthony Hassan at the 2014 Edward R. Roybal Memorial Lecture. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Research

The Roybal Institute's translational research leads to new evidence-based interventions that improve the lives of older adults around the world.

Vern Bengtson, a senior scientist at the Roybal Institute, surveyed the religious beliefs and spirituality of more than 350 four-generation families over 35 years for his book,
Vern Bengtson, a senior scientist at the Roybal Institute, surveyed the religious beliefs and spirituality of more than 350 four-generation families over 35 years for his book, "Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down Across Generations."

Events

May 6

UCLA Blum Center Annual Spring Conference on Poverty and Health in Latin America

William Vega, USC provost professor and executive director of the USC Roybal Institute, is the keynote speaker for the two-day conference.

Dates: 05/06/2014, 05/07/2014: All day

UCLA DeNeve Auditorium Los Angeles CA 90024

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News & Announcements

Professor Challenges Prevailing Notions About Faith

By Vincent Lim:

Public discourse in American society suggests that religion is losing its hold on people's lives. Religious scholars and media reports underscore the point that Americans are now less religious than ever before, at least in terms of church membership and attendance.

This sobering news for religious leaders has left many anxious about the imminent exodus of followers and the growing challenges parents face in keeping their faith for future generations.

Vern Bengtson, a senior scientist at the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the USC School of Social Work, thinks faith leaders and parents should not despair.

"A lot of people become more religious as they age," said Bengtson, a past president of the Gerontological Society of America.

He predicted baby boomers will take a prodigal path back to religion in later life much like previous generations of Americans.

"It's too soon for a religious resurgence to manifest itself in the baby boomer generation, but we will probably see it in the next decade," Bengtson said. "They will be involved in religious activities like their parents were as they enter into their 70s and 80s."

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USC Roybal Institute on Aging
School of Social Work
Montgomery Ross Fisher Building (MRF)
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0411
Phone: (213) 740-1887
Fax: (213) 740-7735
Email: uscroybal@usc.edu