Older adults account for 36% of total health care spending. Currently, and for the next 10 years, 10,000 people in America turn 65 daily. As the population ages and as the prevalence of diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias grows, the number of Americans needing health care and long-term services and supports will only increase. Further, the costs of providing this care is spread among a myriad of payers: Medicare, Medicare Advantage, private insurance (Medigap), Medicaid, older adults themselves, and family and friends. 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.

Working Group Goals

The primary goal of the Improving Care for Older Adults Working Group is to bring people together to address questions relating to access, quality, and financing of care particularly relevant to an aging society and to disseminate related research. Care includes acute care, post-acute care, home care, caregiving, long-term services and supports, nursing homes, assisted living and other residential care options, hospice, and care received at the end of life. The working group aims to:

  • Grow the external profile of Penn as a home of expertise on issues related to health care and long-term care for older adults;
  • Advance opportunities and resources for cross-disciplinary research;
  • Facilitate collaboration;
  • Provide unbiased information to inform ongoing debates on moving towards building a more sustainable long-term care system.

Ways We Can Support You

  • Funding Opportunities: Join our email list to receive alerts regarding funding opportunities that focus on or include older adults as target populations. Sign up via this form.
    • CICADA Pilot Proposals
    • PARC Pilot Proposals
    • Administrative supplements on existing Center grants.
  • Advise on Proposal and Manuscript Development: The group holds work-in-progress meetings to review and discuss ongoing projects or new proposals. We can provide individualized study design support upon request and as time permits. To receive updates on the next meeting, please join our email list.
  • Connect you with stakeholders or expert investigators: We can provide individualized support to your proposals, such as identifying stakeholder advisors for your project or helping you form collaborations with health care delivery organizations that serve older adults. To learn more, please complete this form.
    • PICANTES nursing home network
  • Training and Fellowship Opportunities
    • Data resources

Get Involved

Working group membership is open to all members of the Penn and CHOP communities, and others by permission. Sign up here.

Initiative Lead

Norma Coe

Norma Coe, PhD

Associate Professor, Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine