For over half a century, the Abramson Senior Care's Polisher Research Institute has earned a reputation for innovation and excellence in geriatric studies. The Institute provides national leadership in improving the quality of life of older persons through researching and studying social and behavioral aspects of aging.

shutterstock_97931741PRIOurResearch.jpgThrough its ties to the Abramson Senior Care, the Institute’s geriatric findings and research articles provide unique clinical and research opportunities in a range of long-term care settings.

Today, the group of geriatric researchers at the Polisher Research Institute help improve the quality of life of seniors by testing groundbreaking concepts in the care of older people, particularly those living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The Institute's faculty members publish widely and participate in seminars, conferences, advisory councils, and gerontological studies throughout the world. Through their work, they also seek to understand the broader implications of the changing healthcare needs of America's aging population.

Please review our geriatric research below.

Aging Research from our Gerontology Research Center

One particular specialty of PRI’s geriatric care research focuses on those living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Key questions of interest include: How can long-term care providers improve the quality of the last stages of life? Which emerging technologies and innovative programs can best enhance care provided to persons with dementia?

PRI routinely partners in collaborative efforts with research organizations, universities, and other aging research centers and providers. Recent projects include collaborative efforts with the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Louisville, VAMC and I.D.E.A.S.

The Current Geriatric Studies & Research Projects of Polisher Research Institute

As a nationally recognized elderly research organization, the projects of the Polisher Research Institute are intended to provide insight and advancements into senior care and the aging process.
If you would like to view any of our published works, visit the Publications page. Additionally, our featured Polisher Research Institute aging projects are as follows:

Implementing EIT-4-BPSD for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia

Tests behavioral approaches to reduce behavioral and psychological symptoms of distress in dementia (BPSD), and improve quality of life for nursing home residents living with dementia.

Investigators:  Kolanowski, A., VanHaitsma, K., Resnick, B., Boltz, M., Galik, E. 

Funded by: National Institute of Nursing Research

Incorporating Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory (PELI) into Ohio's Nursing Homes to Improve Resident Care

Guides providers and offers training on the use of preference assessment and integration of preferences into daily practices in order to improve the quality of resident care in Ohio nursing homes.

Investigators: Abbott, K., VanHaitsma, K., Gannod, J. 

Funded by: State of Ohio Department of Medicaid, Civil Money Penalty Funds

Check out the PPCLSC 2018 Impact Report

The Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care (PPCLSC) is an academic initiative, and collaborative partnership, between the Penn State College of Nursing Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence and the Polisher Research Institute. 

We hope that these featured Polisher Research Institute projects and our other geriatric research disseminate information and ideas that lead to advancements in the senior care industry.