Welcome to the Center for Quality Aging

Welcome to the Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging. Our Center was established in August, 2006 as part of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) Institute of Medicine & Public Health.  

 

Mission

 

To fulfill our mission, the Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging is dedicated to the following goals:

  • Conduct innovative research to improve care quality for older adults across the continuum of care to include hospital and emergency care, post-acute care, dementia care within assisted-living and long-term care services. 
  • Provide mentorship and research training opportunities to the next generation of investigators and clinicians to enhance care quality and independence for older adults; and,
  • Provide educational resources for providers, patients and families related to caring for older adults with and without dementia.

The Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of research investigators and clinicians (About Us).  We are committed to quality geriatric care for older adults with and without dementia.  We collaborate with other faculty and related centers at VUMC.  If you are interested in supporting aging/dementia care research through our Center (Projects), visit our Donate page to learn more.

 
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Our Research

The Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging is a non-profit research center with projects focused on improving care quality and health outcomes for older adults. Research topics range from staff training interventions in the long-term and dementia care settings to interventions within the hospital and post-acute care settings to improve care coordination and quality.  We primarily focus on behavioral and social interventions that enhance independence and quality of life for older adults.  We also collaborate with various community partners to inform our research agenda.

 

To learn more about our research, click here 

Join Our Team

The Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging offers a broad range of training opportunities in aging-related research to include: 

  • Independent study and/or thesis mentorship for graduate students
  • Research rotations or summer internships for medical students; and,
  • Post-doctoral Fellows or Residents in Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Clinical Psychology.

To learn more about the Center for Quality Aging team, click here 

Learn more about our existing job openings within our Center, Click Here 

Learn more about the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
 

Johns Hopkins Courses

Johns Hopkins launches two free courses on COVID-19 best practices for assisted living and senior housing communities

The Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Training Initiative has released two free courses designed for assisted living and senior housing communities on COVID-19 response strategies. These courses provide a central platform for assisted living administrators and senior housing owners and managers to learn how to develop and implement a comprehensive health emergency response. The self-paced courses consist of lectures, guest interviews, reading resources, and assignments for learners to acquire immediate takeaways to actively change their community's policies and implement lessons from the assignments to keep residents and staff safe. More information available here.

The US Deprescribing Research Network's Virtual Annual Meeting

The US Deprescribing Research Network's virtual annual meeting will be held on May 27, 2021 from 11am - 2pm ET / 8am-11am PT. Sessions will include an interactive fireside chat with Kedar Mate (President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement), presentation of new research on deprescribing, stakeholder perspectives, and thematic small group breakouts to promote networking and sharing of ideas for scholarship in this field. For more information and to register, visit https://deprescribingresearch.org/network-activities/annual-network-meeting/

 

Dementia Education Webinars

The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD) will be hosting several brain health and dementia education webinars open to the public.  Each session will provide a brief dementia education, discuss ways to keep your brain healthy, and share information on available resources. 

 

Friday, March 26th at 11am CT: To register click here

Monday, April 12th at 11am CT: To register click here

Wednesday, May 19th at 11am CT: To register click here

Monday, June 14th at 11am CT: To register click here

Wednesday, August 25th at 11am CT: To register click here

Tuesday, September 21st at 11am CT: To register click here

Friday, October 15th at 11am CT: To register click here 

Wednesday, November 17th at 11am CT: To register click here

 

All webinars will be recorded and posted to the TCAD YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/TCADOnline

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90ADPI0031-01-00, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.