Created with support from a five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging to conduct translational research on aging populations, the Penn Roybal Center on Palliative Care in Dementia is one of 13 Roybal Centers in the nation. It is one of four such Centers studying dementia, and the only Center focused on palliative care for people living with dementia and their caregivers.
The Penn Roybal Center on Palliative Care in Dementia uniquely brings together behavioral and data scientists from the Penn Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Arts and Sciences, Wharton, and Engineering, and dementia experts from across the U.S., to develop and test novel interventions that bridge the dramatic gap between the supply of, and the need for, palliative care services among persons with dementia in long-term supports and services.
The Center will annually award funds for pilot studies conducted in real-world settings through an innovative partnership with Genesis HealthCare, the largest owner of nursing home facilities in the country. Awarded studies will be carried out in Genesis facilities with support from a multi-disciplinary team from Penn and Genesis.