Formerly Known as the Office of Aging and Long Term Care (OALTC)

The Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options, (CRADO) led by Dr. Rosemary Chapin, is located in the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. The KU School of Social Welfare is the conceptual home of the strengths perspective, and CRADO has pioneered the strengths based approach in work with older adults. We are leaders in applied research to improve social service practice and policy with older adults. Collaboration with older adults, community, and state partners ensures that research findings result in policy change and the implementation of empirically-based interventions.

Our office also prepares tomorrow's scholars and practitioners in gerontological social work. We provide strengths based gerontological resources, training, and unique educational opportunities that help develop faculty and student's knowledge and skills in working with older adults. Faculty and staff work with state agencies such as the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, and federal agencies as well as with a variety of other public and private service organizations and foundations, to provide research, training and technical support.

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Latest Publications

Articles in Referred Journals

Kim, H., Tracey, L., Chapin, R., (in press) Grandparents providing care for grandchildren: Implications for economic preparation for later life in South Korea,, Aging and Society.

Sellon,A., Leedahl, S.,Chapin, R, (in press)  Engaging nursing home residents in formal volunteer activities: A focus on strengths. Ageing International

Kim, H.-J., Kang, H., & Johnson-Motoyama, M. (2016). The psychological well-being of grandparents who provide supplementary grandchild care: a systematic review. Journal of Family Studies, 1-24. doi:10.1080/13229400.2016.1194306

Chapin, R,. Sellon, A., Wendel-Hummel, C. (2015). Integrating Education, Research, and Practice in Gerontological Social Work: Lessons Learned from the Reclaiming Joy Peer Support Program. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education

​Leedahl, S., Chapin, R. Wendel-Hummel, C., Hasche, L., & Townley, G. (2015). Successful strategies for discharging nursing facility residents with mental health diagnoses using Medicaid to the community. Journal of Social Service Research.​

Book and Book Chapters

Chapin, R. (2017, 2014, 2011). Social policy for effective practice: A strengths approach. Routledge: London, U.K.

Chapin, R., Nelson-Becker, H., Macmillan, K., Sellon, A., (2014, 2006). Strengths based and solution focused approaches to practice with older adults. In B. Berkman & S. D’Ambruso (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Work in Aging. Oxford University Press


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