Our mission is to promote successful aging through a three-fold approach: lifelong learning, healthy living and social engagement. Founded in 1982 and based in St. Louis, the non-profit organization is now active in 43 cities across 25 states and serves more than 59,000 individuals each year.
Our vision is to see that adults age 50 and older across the country have opportunities to pursue vibrant, healthy, productive and meaningful lives.
We seek to positively impact their lives through partnerships to share knowledge, offer evidence- and research-based programs, conduct evaluations and adapt to meet the needs of diverse audiences.
The OASIS Institute is the national headquarters and manages staff who provide OASIS programs in the St. Louis metro area. The Institute develops national programs and provides training and support for OASIS education centers and partners. OASIS education centers are located in community sites.
Our network of over 700 Partners includes health providers, corporations, senior centers, community organizations, libraries, universities and colleges, senior living organizations and more. Meet our Partners.
Our current annual report and other publications are available in the newsroom.
overview of OASIS
OASIS puts into practice the landmark MacArthur Foundation study of successful aging. Researchers Rowe and Kahn found that the key ingredients for a high quality of life are maintaining a low risk for disease, a high level of enagement with the community and high physical and cognitive function, and “it is the combination of all three that represents the concept of successful aging fully.”