About the North Carolina Registry for Brain Health The Program on Aging Disability and Long-Term Care works with the North Carolina Consortium for Brain Health in Aging to improve awareness of resources available to help people with memory disorders. The NC Registry for Brain Health is the first registry of its kind in the state… Read more »
Dr. Laura Hanson, UNC Professor Geriatric Medicine and Medical Director of Palliative Care has been awarded a new $4.1 million dollar grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
First-of-its-kind UNC study finds oral hygiene training can significantly reduce pneumonia in nursing homes
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (June 19, 2020) – The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, a leading health services research group based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has published a paper in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open evaluating the effectiveness of its Mouth Care… Read more »
International retirement migration is a growing phenomenon that is expected to accelerate with the aging of the baby boomer generation. In the Western hemisphere, migrants particularly favor medium-sized historic, picturesque colonial cities in Latin America. Their impact on these settings is large and complex but has received little systematic study. This phenomenon can stimulate economic… Read more »
The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and JAMDA – The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine are proud to announce the appointment of our new JAMDA Editors-in-Chief: Philip D. Sloane, MD, MPH, and Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD. Dr. Sloane is the Elizabeth and Oscar Goodwin Distinguished Professor of Family Medicine at the University… Read more »
Sheps investigator Laura Hanson, MD, MPH is featured on the GeriPal podcast discussing her randomized control trial of a Goals of Care intervention for family decision makers of nursing home residents with advanced dementia. You can listen to the podcast here and watch the Goals of Care decision aid here.
Review of quality measures and instruments available to promote assisted living’s integration into the evolving healthcare landscape
Researchers from the University of North Carolina’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and School of Social Work, with funding from The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL), completed a review of measures and instruments useful to maintain and improve quality in assisted living, and which may help assisted living providers become… Read more »
Sheps Center receives $3.4 million grant to study inappropriate and excessive use of antipsychotic medications
National Institute on Aging study targets use of medications in assisted living communities (Chapel Hill, N.C. — Nov. 2, 2015) – Researchers in aging at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been awarded a nearly $3.4 million federal grant to examine the inappropriate and excessive use of antipsychotic medications in assisted living… Read more »
Phil Sloane, a Sheps Center Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Sheps Center Program on Aging, Disability and Long Term Care, recently received the Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement, a 2015 University Teaching Award. “This award, created in 1997, acknowledges a lifetime of contributions to a broad range of teaching and learning, particularly mentoring… Read more »
Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-term Care Research Dental Hygienist, Patricia Poole, RDH, MS was awarded the 2014 Sunstar Award of Distinction on August 15th at the RDH Under One Roof conference in Chicago, IL. Ms. Poole has partnered with Drs. Sloane and Zimmerman since 2010, and joined the Aging program in 2014. More information… Read more »
New free questionnaires can improve the care and quality of life of older adults in assisted living through person-centered practices
The Toolkit for Person-Centeredness in Assisted Living was developed through a close partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the national Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL), along with assisted living providers, residents, family members, and organizational representatives. Available for free download, the Toolkit includes questionnaires to be completed by assisted living residents and staff, and simple, easy-to-follow instructions for scoring and interpreting the results. The questionnaires measure Person-Centered Practices in Assisted Living, and are called the PC-PAL.
Sheryl Zimmerman to lead Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section of the Gerontological Society of America.
The members of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) – comprising nearly 6,000 researchers, educators, and practitioners, all dedicated to the field of aging – elected Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-term Care Co-Director, Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD, to lead the Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section of GSA. Dr. Zimmerman will take office during GSA’s… Read more »
Study estimates that 7 out of 10 adults in assisted living communities have some form of cognitive impairment
A new research study published in this month’s issue of Health Affairs finds that assisted living communities are a primary provider of residential care for older adults with dementia and that an estimated 7 out of 10 adults living in these settings have some form of cognitive impairment. Sheryl Zimmerman, Philip Sloane, and David Reed… Read more »
The Assisted Living Comparison Experts website www.alce.unc.edu is featured as UNC’s Spotlight Story. Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-term Care co-directors Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD and Philip Sloane, MD, MPH were interviewed about their website, which provides information on all licensed adult and family care settings in North Carolina in a user-friendly format, and is designed… Read more »
The Mouth Care Without a Battle training program and DVD will be distributed to all North Carolina community colleges through a collaboration with the North Carolina Foundation for Advanced Health Programs. Mouth Care Without a Battle is an evidence-based approach to person-centered daily mouth care for persons with cognitive and physical impairment. Philip Sloane, MD,… Read more »