Institute on Aging
The Institute on Aging was approved by the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines on 12 December 2012.
The Filipino elderly enjoying a healthy body, mind and spirit, being treated with dignity, and valued as a productive member of society, in a dynamic process unique to himself, and beginning a life of unlimited possibilities.
To create with the aging Filipino, unlimited possibilities for their value added life through scientific research, training and education, and specialized services.
Goals and Objectives
To contribute to national development and improvement of the quality of life of Filipinos as they age.
- Guide policy makers in the enactment of health laws, policies and guidelines which improve delivery of quality health programs for older persons.
- Contribute to the enhancement of medical knowledge on aging and geriatrics and improve the practices of health care professionals.
- Implement research on essential national health issues and concerns on aging.
- Lead in the formulation of national health research agenda on aging.
- Disseminate information on healthy and active aging to the general public.
Key Research Areas
The goals of the Institute include the conduct of research in the following Key Areas of Research and Development. Longitudinal, multi-disciplinary, and evidence-based research is recommended (adapted from NAST Monograph on Maximizing QOL of Older Persons thru Better Health 2005). Research dissemination and knowledge translation are also key goals.
Healthcare delivery, access and utilization
Disability and Welfare Programs
Implications of health on retirement and pension schemes
Prevalence and longitudinal studies on morbidity and mortality, functional status and disability
Major geriatric syndromes
Health care delivery systems (type, location, funding, etc.)
Rates and reasons for institutionalization or nursing home placement
Utilization and access to primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, screening and health maintenance
Quality of care in public and private hospitals and clinics
Status of human resources and community support services
Quality of Care
Informatics, Knowledge Translation and Research Dissemination
Health Technology and Bioengineering
Genomic and Stem Cell
Technology for improved access and environmental mastery of disabled and frail older persons
Socio-cultural determinants of health
Socio-cultural influences on health and health-seeking behaviour
Socio-cultural determinants of inequalities in health and quality of life
Information technology that supports social connectedness, and enhances access to health care
Education of older persons that enhance self-worth, self-management of health problems and functional independence
Impact of RA 9994 and other national health policies on health and QOL
Impact of RA 9994 on health care expenditure
Shelley F. de la Vega, MD, MSc (ClinEpi)
UP College of Medicine
Philippine College of Geriatric Medicine
Research Faculty Affiliates
Jose Alvin Mojica, MHPEd, Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine, UP College of Medicine
Araceli Balabagno, RN, PhD, UP College of Nursing
Edward James Gorgon, PTRP, MA, College of Allied Medical Professions, UP Manila
Lydia Tolentino Manahan, RN, MA, Associate Prof., UP College of Nursing
Gayline Manalang PT, MA, Assoc. Professor, UP College of Public Health
Josephine Agapito, PhD Assistant Prof., UP Manila
Doris Mariebel Camagay, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Philippine General Hospital
Cynthia Pedroso Cordero, MSc, Professor of Biostatistics. Department of Clinical Epidemiology
College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila
Grace T. Cruz. PhD, Professor of Demography, Population Institute, University of the Philippines
Susan Mabunga, DDM, MSDent Chair, Dept of Health Policy, UP College of Public Health
Josefina Natividad, ScD Professor of Demography, Population Institute, University of the Philippines
Nimfa Ogena, PhD, Professor of Demography, Population Institute, University of the Philippines
Maria Kabamalan, PhD Associate Professor of Demography, Population Institute, University of the Philippines
Noel Lawas, MD, MPH Professor, UP College of Public Health