Program in Aging

The Program in Aging is dedicated to designing and studying new approaches to the care of the geriatric population. Its particular focus is on patients with advanced illness or with multiple chronic diseases, a group whose quality of care is often poor, in whom treatment frequently fails to reflect their preferences, and who are costly to care for: the 14% of older individuals with six or more chronic diseases account for just under half of all Medicare spending and patients with chronic illness who are in the last two years of life account for one-third of Medicare spending.

Core faculty study decision support for older patients and their caregivers to facilitate engagement in self-care and improved medical decision-making. Affiliated faculty study such diverse areas as Medicare drug policy, Medicare incentives designed to promote quality of care in hospitals, and ethical issues in older adults.