Boards of Older Adult Advisors

As the U.S. population grows older, supporting healthy aging becomes even more important. Yet older adults are often underrepresented in health research, even among studies on issues that most often affect them.

That’s why, in 2022, WINRS worked with the Center for Aging Research and Education (CARE) to coordinate two Boards of Older Adult Advisors (BOAAs).

BOAA meetings are co-facilitated by CARE and the WINRs Staff.

Adapted from the practices of CARDS and the Bureau of Sages, the mission of these two advisory boards is to provide feedback on project and recruitment materials, with a specific focus on research projects geared towards aging and the well-being of older adults.

Who are BOAA Members?

One board consists of individuals from Madison, Wisconsin, and the other consists of members from smaller, rural communities across Wisconsin.

Madison BOAA members predominantly identify as Black, with diverse personal and professional backgrounds. Rural BOAA members all identify as white and include military veterans, farmers, and residents of under-resourced communities.

Health researchers meet with one or both BOAAs to get their input throughout the research process, from study design to recruiting materials to data analysis to dissemination strategies.

Want to Learn More?

To learn more about bringing your research questions to the BOAAs, contact Diane at or 608-265-9542.