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Program on Care Needs and Services for Older Adults

Dr. Sheryl Zimmerman, coordinator

Sheryl ZimmermanResearch in the Program on Care and Services for Older Adults focuses on enhancing the health and well-being of older adults, their families, and their caregivers by examining, developing, and evaluating care and services. Research addresses care needs in a range of areas, including Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, functional status, medical and mental health, death and dying, and housing. Studies investigate older adults’ needs, and the extent to which those needs are met with care provided in home, community, assisted living, and nursing home settings.

Sample intervention projects and clinical trials include those to help family caregivers respond to dementia-related issues; to help assisted living staff provide more person-centered care; and to help nursing home staff reduce unnecessary medication prescribing. Working collaboratively with researchers in the UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and in medicine, public health, nursing, and allied health professions, these researchers’ efforts ensure that care, services, and policies for older adults are informed by a strong evidence base and feasible across settings of care.