AIG’s Geriatric Care Certificate Program
for Religious Communities

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 Care Certificate Program (GCCP), as part of their Sister Aging Well Together initiative. 


Sisters Aging Well Together Education

The goal of the Geriatric Care Certificate Program (GCCP) 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 Care Certificate Program Training

An in-person Geriatric Care 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)

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 GCCPs.
  • Attend and actively participate in the every other month virtual discussions following GCCP attendance.
  • 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.

Interested in Participating?

We are currently determining how many communities are interested in participating to help us ascertain how many scholarships we can award to each community.

If your congregation is interested in participating and would like to receive a scholarship, please complete the following online form by February 10, 2023.

Once we receive your responses, we will finalize our plans and contact you with the details of the scholarship application process. 

Want to Learn More or Have Questions?

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