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Older Adults and Long-Term Care

Everyone is aging, and aging affects everyone. Even those who typify “healthy aging” eventually experience decrements in medical status and physical and cognitive function that require health and supportive care. Families must be bolstered to provide care while maintaining their own well-being, and formal systems of care must be accessible, affordable, and of high quality. Our faculty conduct research to address needs ranging from social engagement to palliative and end-of-life care, developing and testing evidence-based interventions to promote the well-being of older adults and the people who provide their care. Policies are especially important in this area, as many older adults have depleted their resources and rely on others in home, community, assisted living, and nursing home settings to help them maintain dignity and quality of life.

Faculty: Gary Bowen, Sheryl Zimmerman