AUSTIN (KXAN) — The University of Texas at Austin launch the Texas Aging and Longevity Center on Friday. 

University officials will have a kick-off event a the Sherri and Robert Patton Hall – 305 E. 23rd Street – at 1 pm on Friday. 

By 2040, people over the age of 65 will be one out of every five people in Texas. The center hopes to look at social isolation, early predictors of aging, and brain aging. 

Karen Fingerman and Debra Umberson from the university’s Population Research Center will lead the center. 

“Older adults today are breaking barriers by working longer and staying fit and involved in their communities,” Fingerman said. “But addressing optimal aging requires an adaptive society.”