The Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER) — formerly The Institute for Geriatric Social Work (IGSW) — is dedicated to strengthening the workforce that provides health and long-term supports and services to older adults and people with disabilities.

What We Do

The rapid aging of the population and a changing health and long-term services and support landscape demand that organizations in the aging and disability field provide integrated, interdisciplinary, and participant-directed care. CADER is a national leader in helping organizations and workers meet this challenge. We offer comprehensive, validated, and skill-based online training, available through individual courses, certificate programs, or customized programs for organizations. We employ multiple approaches to assess skill gains and training effectiveness, and provide end-to-end program management and customer support.  Located at Boston University School of Social Work, CADER builds upon the School’s historical commitment to the aging and disability fields and current strength in teaching, research and training.