November 11, 2019 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

A New Center at Penn will Study Palliative Care for People with Dementia

A new grant from the National Institutes on Aging is funding the creation of a research center at the University of Pennsylvania devoted to improving palliative care for people with dementia living in facilities.

The five-year, $2.5 million grant to the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center will fund the creation of a second NIA Roybal Center at Penn. These centers are meant to convert research on behavioral and social aspects of aging into practical interventions in the community.

The new center, called Transformative Residential Palliative Care for Persons with Dementia Through Behavioral Economics and Data Science, will be headed by Scott Halpern, director of PAIR and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at Penn.

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