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The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2035 adults over age 65 will outnumber children under age 18 for the first time in history. This group of older adults is living longer, and their longevity will necessitate preparing for gerontological issues—health, societal, infrastructure, financial and other impacts—that will result.

ORAU has established a Geroscience Working Group, a multidisciplinary team established to identify and leverage the company’s subject matter expertise to support gerontology-related programs and research.

‘Silver Wave’ rising

‘Silver Wave’ rising

A silver wave is coming. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2035 adults over age 65 will outnumber children under age 18 for the first time in history. This group of older adults is living longer, and their longevity will necessitate preparing for gerontological issues—health, societal, infrastructure, financial and other impacts—that will result. ORAU is working to address this.

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Our Experts

Julie Crumly, Ph.D.

Julie Crumly, Ph.D.

Expertise: Health and education program evaluation, research methods and data analysis, multicultural and social psychology, evaluation of health interventions and programs, and outcome evaluations for continuing medical education

Co-author: “Non-pharmaceutical interventions for pandemic influenza: An assessment of communication, training, and guidance needs of state, tribal, local, and territorial public health officials,” 2018

Certification: Master Certified Health Education Specialist

Ashley Golden

Ashley Golden, Ph.D.

Expertise: Biostatistics, epidemiology, radiation exposure, occupational health

  • Awardee: Early Stage Radiation Investigator Award, Conference on Radiation and Health and Radiation Research Society, October 2016
  • Presenter, International Symposium on Epidemiology in Occupational Health, Edinburgh, Scotland, August 2017
  • Presenter, Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, July 2017
  • Presenter, American Public Health Association, November 2016
  • Reviewer, Health Physics Journal, NCRP technical reports, and PLOS One Journal
Jeff Miller

Jeffrey R. Miller, Ph.D.

Expertise: Occupational exposure assessment, safety culture evaluation, chronic beryllium disease worker protection programs

  • Chair, American Board of Industrial Hygiene, 2017-2018
  • Keynote speaker, International Symposium on Beryllium Particles and Detection, November 2017
  • Co-author, “Guide to Monitoring and Improving Safety Cultures,” Energy Facilities Contractors Group, April 2017
  • Team member, design team for $6.5B Uranium Processing Facility Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Presenter, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Fall Leadership Conference, October 2017
  • 14 years of senior leadership experience; six years as a CEO

Certifications: Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional®

View the Geroscience & Gerontological Studies fact sheet


Adults over age 65 are living longer than ever before, and their longevity will necessitate preparing for gerontological issues, including health, societal, infrastructure, financial and other impacts that will result. We have the expertise to help your organization prepare for this. Download the ORAU Geroscience & Gerontology fact sheet

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