Informatics Research Seminar: Development of a Uniform Assessment for Older Adults

November 2 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Gerda Fillenbaum, PhD
Presented from Duke University


In 2009, Duke Health Innovations, under Duke Clinical and Translational Scientific Awards (CTSA) auspices, funded 10 teams, each of which had a unique focus on combining Duke and Durham county expertise to improve the health of Durham residents. The focus of the current presentation is on one of these teams – Healthy-in-Place (HIP) Seniors – and on one of its projects: developing a uniform minimum set of information, usable at all sites, that would complement medical inquiry and provide information helpful in maintaining personal independence in older community residents.


Gerda Fillenbaum, PhD, is a Professor of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University. In addition to other interests in the area of aging (pharmacoepidemiology, racial disparities, health service use), she is involved with several major programs focused on assessment of the elderly. These include the Older Americans Resources and Services (OARS) project, which developed a multidimensional functional assessment for older persons that has been broadly used for clinical, epidemiological, and program planning; the Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer’s Disease (CERAD), which developed clinical, neuropsychological, and neuropathological assessments for Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the Behavior Rating Scale for Dementia, which has been translated into more than a dozen languages and used clinically and epidemiologically; and the Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (Duke site), a 10-year study of the health and health service use of representative community residents age 65 and over in Durham and four adjacent counties. Her expertise in assessment of the elderly is well recognized. She has contributed to study sections in the US and abroad in these areas, and as a consultant to WHO and PAHO. Dr. Fillenbaum’s undergraduate and graduate degrees (B.Sc., Dip. Psych., Ph.D.) are from the University of London, England. She received postdoctoral training in gerontology at Duke University.