About The Center

Overview

The Center for Excellence in Aging Services is a translational research center that develops, tests and implements innovative practices and policies that address the needs of aging persons, their families, and caregivers. The Center's diverse research, training, education, planning and service activities synergistically work to improve the creation, delivery and sustainability of evidence based approaches to addressing key aging concerns for the years ahead.

The Center is the axis for improving evidence-based approaches to address key aging concerns

The Center stands at the nexus between universities and communities determined both to create new knowledge and to be a key partner in translating existing knowledge into practice. The Center's success in these endeavors is enhanced by maintaining relevance in its activities, finding low cost successful strategies to address key concerns, and expanding its connectedness to various constituencies.

Federal, state and foundation funded research grants from National Institute on Drug Abuse, U.S. Administration on Aging, John A. Hartford Foundation, and New York State Department of Health addressing dementia care, intellectual disabilities and dementia, systems change, and palliative and end of life care have been combined with training funding from the State Bureau of Protective Services for Adults, the New York State Office for the Aging, the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, and the U.S. Administration on Aging to expand and enhance the Center's capacity to translate research into practice in a variety of settings.

Planning and service delivery activities are being supported by funds from The John A. Hartford Foundation, the OASIS Institute, and the Corporation for National and Community Service; and by collaborations with the Albany Guardian Society, Community Foundation of the Capital Region, NYS Department of Health, the Arthritis Foundation and the United Way. In addition, The Health Research Board of Ireland, the Irish Hospice Foundation and the British Academy fund international research activities with the Center's partners at Trinity College Dublin and Edinburgh University.

Information on the Center's research, service and training activities can be found through the various links on this page or by contacting Anne Petruska at apetruska@uamail.albany.edu or 518-442-3360.

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Mission

The Center for Excellence in Aging Services stands at the nexus between universities and communities collaborating to create new knowledge and to translate existing knowledge into practice.  As a translational research center, we promote the adoption of effective, innovative practices and policies that address the needs of aging persons, their families and caregivers with an emphasis on vulnerable and oppressed populations.

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Priorities

The Center for Excellence in Aging Services priorities promote: