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Research is essential to challenge traditional approaches to healthy aging. Our researchers have funding to do important work that will have meaningful impact on the lives of our aging population and those who work with them.

Research Studies

Research is a key pillar of the AgeWell Collaboratory

Our Organizational Partner Network, which consists of agencies serving older adults, informs our research agenda. In collaboration with different stakeholders, our research seeks to be responsive to the needs of older adults and their families to promote healthy aging, address chronic conditions and daily functional challenges and support families providing extraordinary care.

Current projects include Cell2Society, COPE, WeCareAdvisor, and NIA IMPACT Collaboratory.

Get Safe at Home

Get Safe at Home is a collaborative pilot study with the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations that started in 2018. The team is looking to empower older adults to understand and seek assistance for their housing needs through a new mobile application (app). The tool is based off the Home Environmental Assessment Protocol (HEAP) that Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FAAN, FGSA, developed in 2002 as an evidenced-based paper-and pencil tool for older adults with dementia and their caregivers.

Through focus groups with older adults and healthcare professionals, the team is developing the app and refining its look and questions. Once an older person, their caregiver or a health professional uses the app to evaluate a home for safety, tailored recommendations for home modifications and places to contact that could provide resources is developed. To participate in the project or learn more, click here.