Formerly IGSW News | VOLUME 24 | WINTER 2017

From the Director

In aging and disability

Looking for Opportunities Amidst the Challenges of 2017

By Bronwyn Keefe

Bronwyn KeefeA new year always brings challenges and opportunities. For those of us in aging and disability, results of the recent election have made clear the extraordinary challenges we face in 2017, while the opportunities may be harder to envision.

Threats to healthcare and long-term supports and services are great. Congress has already taken the first steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Proposals that would undermine Social Security, Medicare, and, especially, Medicaid are in line. The health and well-being of millions of Americans, particularly the vulnerable populations we serve, are at risk.

Yes, opportunities do exist. They stem from our contributions over the past eight years to changing the way healthcare is delivered. The emerging system already has strong roots and will be harder to "repeal" than changes to provision of health insurance. This issue of The LearningEdge highlights examples of innovative workforce training, patient-centered care, care coordination, and effective interdisciplinary care teams. These and other developments supported by the Affordable Care Act are already making the goals of the ACA—better care for more people at lower cost—a reality. It won't be easy, but at CADER, we appreciate the opportunity to continue and build upon this work together with you.

Bronwyn Keefe, Ph.D., is acting director of CADER and research assistant professor, School of Social Work, Boston University. Scott Miyake Geron, director of CADER, is on sabbatical.

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Courses and Certificate Programs

High-Quality Online Training Available for the Aging and Disability Workforce

Expand your skillset and knowledge by earning CEUs or Certificates from Boston University's Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER). For over 10 years, CADER has worked with individuals and agencies across the country providing high-quality, cost-effective, self-paced online certificate programs and courses.

Programs Available

CADER online training programs are more flexible than ever by offering learners the choice of taking individual course(s) or certificate programs. Learners that complete individual online courses have the option to enroll in a certificate program at a later time and receive credit for completed coursework. Each certificate program will take about 19 to 21 hours to complete. The recently updated certificate programs available are:

  • ADRC Options Counseling Certificate
  • Behavioral Health in Aging Certificate Program
  • Care Management Certificate Program
  • Foundations in Aging and Disabilities Certificate Program
  • Interdisciplinary Teams and Healthcare Certificate
  • Residential and Community Living Certificate Program
  • Supervision and Leadership Certificate Program
  • Values and Ethics in Aging and Disabilities Certificate

Interested in taking individual courses? Each online course will take only 2 to 5 hours to complete. A list of online courses and certificate descriptions are posted on the CADER Website.

To learn more about CADER training programs, please contact CADER (; 617-358-2626).

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