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The LeadingAge Center for Applied Research brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to a wide variety of research areas. The center has earned a national reputation for its ability to translate research findings into real-world policies and practices that improve the lives of older Americans and their caregivers.

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How Elders Promote Community Resilience After Natural Disasters

The International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing and the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research are collaborating on 2 projects to explore the important role that older people can play in helping their communities prepare for and remain resilient after natural disasters.

What We Don’t Know About Direct Care Workers Could Hurt Us

We know some important things about the direct care workforce that provides long-term services and supports to millions of older Americans. But it’s what we don’t know that could hurt us, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

4 Ways to Promote Better Health for an Aging Population

The U.S. health care system is unprepared to support the growing population of sick older Americans, and it isn’t doing enough to keep people healthy into their highest ages, according to a new paper co-authored by Robyn Stone, executive director of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research.

The Challenges of Housing Severely Obese Elders

Providers of long-term services and supports are “calamitously underprepared” for the coming onslaught of severely obese elders, writes Dr. Linda Hermer in the September-October edition of AgingToday.

Is Unconscious Bias Impeding Your Culture Change Efforts?

An incredible level of self-awareness among administrators, and a concerted effort to overcome conscious and unconscious biases among staff, families, and residents, have helped Leonardville Nursing Home in Kansas thoroughly adopt person-centered care and employee empowerment.