• Theresa I. Shireman

    Theresa Shireman Appointed Director of the Center for Gerontology

    Appointment of Theresa I. Shireman, PhD, as Director of the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research effective September 1, 2019.  Professor Shireman will succeed Richard W. Besdine, MD who has held the position for nearly two decades.  Under Dr. Besdine’s leadership, the Center has become nationally and internationally respected for its policy-relevant studies on the health and healthcare of older persons and those with chronic disease. Dr.

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    Billing for end-of-life care talks grows, but barriers remain

    Advance-care planning (ACP) is the keystone of goal-concordant care, enabling patients to state their treatment preferences while they still have the mental capacity to do so. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has acknowledged this by accepting two reimbursement codes for these essential conversations.

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    Research leads to expansion of innovative Meals on Wheels program

    Meals on Wheels might do more than deliver hot food to isolated seniors: New research suggests it can serve as an early warning system for declining health. The study, published recently in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, included Meals on Wheels drivers in Guernsey County in Ohio and San Diego County, who were trained to use a mobile app to alert care coordinators if the drivers had a concern or noticed a change in a senior's condition. 

  • Vince Mor Guest Speaker at the 2019 LDI Leighton Lecture

    Speaking to a faculty, student, and lay audience at the annual University of Pennsylvania Charles C. Leighton Memorial Lecture, Brown University Professor Vincent Mor, PhD, sought to convey the sense of wonder and discovery he has often felt during his 40 years as a health care big data specialist.  

    Read the full article from UPenn here.

  • Early Career Research Achievement Award

    Kali Thomas, Associate Professor, Health Services, Policy and Practice, Early Career Research Achievement Award. Her research focuses on identifying ways to improve the quality of life of older adults needing long-term services and support. Professor Thomas has led projects related to care delivered in long-term care facilities and the role of home- and community-based services in preventing or postponing nursing home placement. She has published 65 peer-reviewed papers. In 2016, she received the Gerontological Society of America Carroll L. Estes Rising Star Award.