Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care

The Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care aims to better understand and improve the well-being of older persons and the quality of care they receive.

Work funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Alzheimer’s Association, and other foundations include observational studies, clinical trials, and community-based participatory research projects.  They have examined issues including dementia care, end-of-life care and hospice, person-centered care and practices, medication administration, caregiver training and education, falls prevention, mouth care, lighting, health care screening, nursing services, and a host of other topics.

In addition to studies conducted in community-dwelling and nursing home populations, the program has conducted some of the seminal work in residential care/assisted living, and has maintained a research consortium (the Collaborative Studies of Long-Term Care) of more than 700 settings for the last 15 years.  In addition, the research team has developed, tested, and published numerous measures for use with older populations, created and shared multimedia educational programs for caregivers of older adults, and disseminated their work in three special journal issues, two books, and hundreds of peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Program investigators represent numerous UNC schools and departments, as well as individuals from other universities and organizations.

Co-Directors: Philip Sloane, MD, MPH & Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD