AIG’s Geriatric Certificate Program
for U.S. Women Religious Congregations

The Avila Institute of Gerontology (AIG), in partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Catholic Sisters Initiative, is pleased to make available a limited number of scholarships for the AIG’s Geriatric Certificate Program (GCP), as part of their Sisters Aging Well Together initiative. 

Sisters Aging Well Together Education

A Privileged Ministry Within Ministry: A Practical Approach

The goal of the Geriatric Certificate Program (GCP) is to provide communities with opportunities for discussion on aging concerns facing religious women today and provide an assessment tool that addresses a proactive approach to elder concerns. Each community will learn techniques through education and training on how to implement solutions for identified needs.

The program will enable scholarship recipients to:

  1. Build a foundational understanding of aging issues and strategies to cope with them,
  2. Receive an overview of different care center models, and
  3. Receive training on tools to help assess your Congregation in caring for elder sisters, interpret the results, and enable you to plan for the care of your elders in the future.

Scholarships Are Available

The scholarship, valued at $1,800 per sister, covers the following over an approximately nine-month period (June 2023 to March 2024):

In-Person Geriatric Certificate Program Training

An in-person Geriatric Certificate Program for religious congregations over a four-day period including room and board (travel not included).

Choose from these three locations:

  • Germantown, NY: June 13–16, 2023 Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm’s Motherhouse
  • Marriottsville, MD: October 22–25, 2023 Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center
  • Darien, IL: November 11–14, 2023 Carmelite Spiritual Center

Available One-Hour Virtual Discussion Every Other Month

Every other month a one-hour virtual discussion on the following topics:

  • Customized content based on participants’ pressing needs to be identified throughout the discussions.
  • Continued training on the AIG Care Transitions Assessment tool (CTA) and interpreting the results.

To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must commit to the following:

  • Attend and actively participate in one of the three four-day in-person GCPs.
  • Attend and actively participate in the every other month virtual discussions following GCP attendance (recommended but not required).
  • Implement at least one part of the CTA within their Community and report back on the results.
  • Complete and submit all Pre/Post-Tests and surveys.
  • Complete and submit a reflection paper.


Thanks to the generosity of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, a limited number of scholarships are available.

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please complete and submit the online registration form or you can download and complete the PDF registration form as soon as possible, no later than 30 days before each program start date.

Our objective is to distribute scholarships to as many Sisters as possible. All registrants will be notified whether they are receiving a scholarship within two weeks of registration form receipt.

If you plan to attend and are not seeking a scholarship, please download and complete the PDF registration form and send with your payment 30 days before each program start date.

Space is limited. 

Want to Learn More or Have Questions?

Thank you for your interest in our Geriatric Certificate Program. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by calling 518-537-5000, emailing, or by filling out the form below.