The Center for the Advancement of Gerontological Nursing Science
was developed to improve the everyday lives of older individuals through basic and translational nursing research and education focused on facilitating the best possible aging.

Current research focuses on aggressive behavior of elders with dementia, the pathophysiology of Alzheimer's disease, the relationship between oral hygiene and aspiration pneumonia, predicting and preventing pressure ulcers in dark skinned elders, practice standards for end-of-life care, and the factors that give rise to elder abuse in residential care settings.  The Center was recently funded by HRSA to implement an accelerated PhD program for individuals with basic nursing degrees to educate students about conducting research focusing on improving culturally competent care to ethnically diverse elders.

Students with an interest in gerontological nursing and students interested in aging individuals with cancer, and in acute care and occupational health settings are recruited.  Multiple sites are used for research, and education.  Some examples include the Jack Skirball Health Center, located in Woodland Hills; the Belmont Village sites located in Encino, Burbank, Hollywood and Palos Verdes; Country Villa Huntington Drive, located in Arcadia; Country Villa Los Feliz, located in Los Angeles; and the Scripps Home, located in Altadena.