What is the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging?

The Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging is a leader and innovator in public policy, research, and education related to aging and elder justice. We are a part of Hunter College, The City University of New York. Our offices are located in the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work in East Harlem, NYC.

Our Mission and Role

Brookdale improves the lives of older adults through research, advocacy, policy, and professional development.  We work in partnership with a wide range of agencies and non-governmental organizations to:

  • promote ethical treatment of older adults and other vulnerable populations in social service and healthcare systems
  • explore the social, political, legal, and economic climate affecting health and quality of life of older adults
  • identify inequities in the access to and experience of care
  • design programs that build the capacity of older adults and other vulnerable populations to live independently and with dignity in the community
  • develop educational curricula and training for professionals who work with older adults so as to facilitate equity, ethics, and effectiveness in the delivery of services and care
  • incorporate the voices and choices of older adults in order to promote just and effective social and health policy and practice

Our History

Brookdale was founded in 1974 by Dr. Rose Dobrof, a pioneer in the field of social gerontology. Brookdale was one of the country’s first university-based gerontology centers. The Sadin Institute for Law and Public Policy, a program within Brookdale, was founded in 1977 by Samuel Sadin, who led the field of elder law. In four decades of work, Brookdale has fostered generations of professionals and paraprofessionals committed to improving the lives of older adults and nurtured many of the field’s top legal and policy experts.

What We Do

Brookdale can be a resource for you and your organization.

Brookdale faculty and staff engage in research, policy analysis, and policy development. We are a leading provider of education and professional development services, including curriculum development and training on issues related to aging, elder law, and elder justice.

Examples of our partnerships and programs:

  • We train the majority of New York State public employees who provide protective services to vulnerable adults.
  • We train lawyers and elder advocates about the guardianship process.
  • We developed and evaluated a money-management program that helps to protect elderly and disabled adults from financial exploitation.
  • We run a post-baccalaureate certificate program.
  • We operate a training institute for human services managers and aspiring supervisors.

Let us partner with you. Click on each link below to learn more about Brookdale projects and what we can do for your organization.

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