|About the Center|
Founded in 1974, the University of Maryland Center on Aging is an all-university, interdisciplinary institution designed to foster basic, applied and policy research, education and public service in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention and human aging. Philosophically, the Center is dedicated to "healthy and productive" aging. The Center utilizes a multidisciplinary team approach to improve the quality of life and health status of America's elderly population.
Primary objectives of the Center are:
Center on Aging researchers are involved with many of the health, economic and social policy issues that concern us as we grow older. Among the myriad of issues the Center is focusing intently on are the costs and liabilities of private insurance coverage for long-term care, the problems of older women, the needs of elderly with lifelong disabilities, the accessibility, quality, and efficiency of services to the elderly, and the needs of families providing care to elderly members.
Center faculty serve as expert witnesses before key congressional committees, and provide informal advice to members of the administration and Congress, to the media and to other interested groups. In addition, the Center shares research advances not only with government administrators and policy makers, but also with professionals in the aging network and multi-institutional health care system, private organizations with aging interests, students, and the public.
The metropolitan Washington, DC, area offers a rich environment for research and teaching in geriatrics and gerontology. It is home to the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Administration on Aging, the Health Care Financing Administration, the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Public Health Service, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Library of Congress, and other Washington-based public interest groups and professional associations actively concerned about the aging population. Major research and policy institutions, libraries, and think tanks are located in the area and the Center on Aging at the University of Maryland draws extensively on those resources and opportunities. The proximity of these resources allows the Center to bring a national perspective to research and evaluation work done with state and local governments across the country.
|The Center on Aging, The School of Public Health ,
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-2611
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