The mission of the Center for Gerontology Research and Partnerships is to promote gerontological research and to facilitate collaborative relationships among interdisciplinary researchers that will advance knowledge and influence policy related to a diverse aging society.


  • To foster academic/community partnerships between gerontological researchers in the academic setting and agencies serving the public health and individual health needs of the community of older adults.
  • To promote and facilitate community-engaged research related to health, well-being, and the promotion of functional independence of older adults
  • To provide education to professionals on issues related to the promotion of functional independence and the prevention of illness in older adults
  • To foster collaborative relationships between researchers and community agencies for the purpose of promoting and conducting research and educational programs and seminars related to aging 
  • To promote the health, safety, well-being and education of the eldercare workforce and their employers so that they can provide high quality, reliable care to the rapidly growing elder population
  • To promote scholarly discussions and impact change related to policy issues in the field of gerontology
  • To disseminate findings at regional, national, and international conferences and peer-reviewed publications
  • To pursue research related to:
    • Collaborative approaches to care transitions and/or avoidance of unnecessary emergency department use/hospitalizations

    • Use of technology to enhance health literacy and social engagement by older adults

    • Health and support of family caregivers who provide care to functionally impaired community-dwelling older adults for the purposes of enhancing quality of life and ability to provide informal care

    • Innovative models of interprofessional education

    • Innovative models and evaluation and intervention methods for developing positive patient-caregiver relationships in home healthcare

    • Collaborative primary care delivery models for older adults