We are fortunate and proud to have successful research labs operating within the School of Aging Studies.
The Irma Lab examines the effects of hurricanes (primarily Hurricane Irma) on nursing homes and assisted livings facility resident outcomes in Florida. The lab also compares the effects of sheltering in place and evacuation during hurricanes. Additionally, the faculty and student researchers interview nursing home and assisted living administrators to examine decision making in the face of a hurricane. The Irma Lab works collaboratively with the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida and researchers from Brown University.
The Policy and Assisted Living Lab (PALL) analyzes data on assisted living Communities (ALC) throughout Florida and assesses different aspects of services and activities offered to residents, with a focus on memory care. Under the management of Aging Studies PhD candidate, Hillary Rouse, undergraduate and graduate students assess the current locations of ALCs and whether there is a need to expand to locations in potentially underserviced areas.