Family Health 5 Reasons to Call the Aging Institute By Aging Institute, July 10, 2014 Life expectancy in the United States continues to rise with many living far into their 80s and 90s. At the same time due to many factors including the rising cost of medical care and cost of living, older adults are choosing to stay at home or live with a loved one. For seniors and caregivers alike, this transition can be a challenge. You may have unanswered questions about finances, home-based care options, Medicare, and more. The Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh is a great resource for seniors, professionals and caregivers to find information and advice on a plethora of topics related to aging. If any of the following apply to you, The Aging Institute may be able to help. 1. You’re a Primary Caregiver for an Elderly Relative. At the Aging Institute you can find information on home-based care options, education and training, chronic care coordination, financial planning, social and emotional support, geriatric medical care, and more. 2. You’re a Professional Who Wants to Prepare Yourself for the Challenges of Treating an Aging Population. The Aging Institute helps physicians by offering special programs and seminars, seeding new and novel research into aging related topics through the Seed Grant Program, advocating for physicians regarding age-related legislation, and underwriting guest lectures by experts in geriatric research and care. 3. You’re a Student Who Wants to Break into the Field and Learn More About Geriatrics. As a partner with the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, The Aging Institute works collaboratively to provide support for education training programs for professionals and students who are looking to grow in the field. One example is the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology program, offered through The University of Pittsburgh, which teaches basic knowledge about gerontology and geriatrics, and about aging processes in various occupations. 4. You’re an Advocate for Seniors and Would Like to get Involved. The Aging Institute partners with many organizations to aid in their mission to provide information and resources to seniors and their caregivers and is always looking for more local businesses and professionals to join their cause. You can learn about their current partnerships and find out how you can get involved. 5. You’re an Older Adult Who Is Exploring Options for Future Care. Being prepared for how you will handle your future care makes for a much smoother transition. You can find information on living at home, in-home nursing care, senior living facilities, financial aid and Medicare, and more. For more information on The Aging Institute, visit Aging.UPMC.com or call the help and referral line at 1-866-430-8742.