Skip to main content

Research Projects

Research Highlights

Two people walking arm-in-arm

Improving Information Sharing Between Family Caregivers and Home Care Aides Caring for Persons Living with ADRD

Chanee Fabius, PhD, recently received a National Institute on Aging K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development award for her proposal “Improving Information Sharing Between Family Caregivers and Home Care Aides Caring for Persons Living with ADRD,” which aims to develop and refine a home care role and preference guide to improve information sharing between family caregivers of older adults living with ADRD and home care aides.

Two people talking

Supporting Needs of Care Partners of Persons with Dementia and Hearing Loss

Danielle Powell, AuD, PhD, received an Alzheimer Association Research Fellowship Grant, which provides two years of funding to support her research to identify scalable strategies to improve identification and individualized care planning for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) and hearing loss.

Three people sitting on a couch looking at a computer

eAlign: A Patient Portal-based Intervention to Align Medications with What Matters Most

Ariel Green, MD, PhD, MPH, was awarded funding from the NIA as co-PI on an R01 AG077011. The goal of the proposal is to refine and pilot an intervention in which care partners of people living with dementia are identified in primary care and supported via educational materials through the patient portal in reducing unnecessary and potentially harmful medication use.

The Center’s research focuses on four key objectives

  • Domain #1: Sustain and enhance the National Health and Aging Trends Study and its linked National Study of Caregiving as a platform for research.
  • Domain #2: Conduct policy analyses of system change to support improved care delivery for persons with complex health needs and disabilities and their families.
  • Domain #3: Conduct economic analyses related to reform of financing services for people with complex care needs including Medicare and Medicaid reform, long-term care insurance, and provider payment incentives for integrated care.
  • Domain #4: Conduct interventional research related to behavioral and systems-change improvements in care delivery and effects on outcomes that matter for individuals, families, and society.

To browse research projects by year, please refer to our annual reports.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Lipitz Center members are involved in a range of policy activities, working in partnership with care delivery systems, payers, professional organizations, and governmental agencies, and their work appears widely in peer-reviewed journals. Recent publications are listed in our quarterly newsletter, and a yearly index is published in our annual report. Explore a selection of featured articles below:

Three people laughing and embracing

Predictors of Falls in Older Adults With and Without Dementia

Okoye, Fabius, Reider, and Wolff published a study in Alzheimer's and Dementia finding that falls were higher for persons living with, versus without, dementia. Understanding and incorporating fall-risk factors may be an effective strategy to prevent falls for people living with dementia.

Two people reading a piece of paper

The Time is Now: Spotlighting the Home Care Workforce Providing Essential Support to Older Adults

Fabius co-authored a special issue introduction in the April 2023 edition of the Journal of Applied Gerontology, which identified several studies that seek to better understand the role of home care workers and the impact they have on the care of older adults and their families.

Nurse talking to a woman who is sitting on a bed

Medicare advantage and dialysis facility choice

Jeffrey Marr, a second-year Health Economics and Policy PhD student in the Department of Health Policy and Management and T32 trainee, led a study in Health Services Research comparing characteristics of dialysis facilities used by traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage patients with end-stage kidney disease.

National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS)

The National Health and Aging Trends Study analyzes disability trends and trajectories in older people in order to reduce disability, maximize functioning, and enhance older adults' quality of life. Jen Schrack is the MPI and Maureen Skehan, MSPH '11, documents and disseminates research data.