Improving Care for Older Adults

Evidence to address a fragmented financing and care delivery system

As the population ages and as the prevalence of diseases like Alzheimer’s and related dementias grows, the number of Americans needing long-term care services and supports will only increase. Further, the costs of providing this care is largely borne invisibly by family and friends behind closed doors. Given the pressing nature of this issue, Penn LDI Fellows across schools and disciplines have focused their efforts on identifying ways to improve care delivery and financing of care for older adults and their caregivers.

Improving Care for Older Adults

A multidisciplinary workgroup of faculty meet regularly with the goals of growing the external profile of Penn as a home of expertise on issues related to long-term care; advancing opportunities for cross-disciplinary research that help us better understand the problem; facilitating collaboration; and providing facts and arguments to inform ongoing debates on moving towards building a more sustainable long-term care system. To learn more or get involved, please email

The Center for Improving Care Delivery for the Aging (CICADA)

CICADA is a NIH-funded Resource Center for Minority Aging Research at Penn. The new center, led by Rachel Werner, trains emerging scientists from underrepresented backgrounds in the interdisciplinary science of health services research to address the most pressing issues for aging Americans, particularly minority elders.
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Assuring High Value Care for Vulnerable Older Adults and their Caregivers

An invitational conference led by Mary Naylor and the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health brought together 50 researchers, policymakers, and patient advocates to “move the needle” in creating a seamless care system for the growing population of older adults with multiple health problems complicated by social needs.
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Reimagining Care to Support Workers and Families: “After the Care Crisis” Conference
This conference and documentary screening at Penn convened academics, activists, and policymakers to discuss contradictions in paid/unpaid care work, namely its critical importance to society yet pervasive reliance on feminization, racialization, devaluation, and marginalization. Recap Video

CICADA Pilot Proposals
Penn’s Center for Improving Care Delivery for the Aging (CICADA) awards one-year pilot projects each year to promising scientists from underrepresented groups, and provides scholars with additional career development support. Learn more here.

Penn Memory Center: Academic Opportunities
The Penn Memory Center offers students of all levels a number of academic opportunities, including fellowships, internships, and a certificate program. Learn more here.

Penn Medicine Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine
The fellowship is a one year clinical experience designed to achieve excellence in every core competency of geriatrics and develop future academic potential. Fellows will train at a variety of clinical sites to get a breadth of experience. Training will be led by 20 faculty, many of whom have national recognition for their expertise in clinical care, research and education and have served in leadership positions in various academic geriatric organizations. Learn more.

Long-term Services and Support


Post-acute Care