Our Mission

Brookdale improves the lives of older adults through research, advocacy, policy, and professional development.  We work in partnership with a wide range of agencies and non-governmental organizations to:

  • promote ethical treatment of older adults and other vulnerable populations in social service and healthcare systems
  • explore the social, political, legal, and economic climate affecting health and quality of life of older adults
  • identify inequities in the access to and experience of care
  • design programs that build the capacity of older adults and other vulnerable populations to live independently and with dignity in the community
  • develop educational curricula and training for professionals who work with older adults so as to facilitate equity, ethics, and effectiveness in the delivery of services and care
  • incorporate the voices and choices of older adults in order to promote just and effective social and health policy and practice

Our History

Brookdale was founded in 1974 by Dr. Rose Dobrof, a pioneer in the field of social gerontology. Brookdale was one of the country’s first university-based gerontology centers. The Sadin Institute for Law and Public Policy, a program within Brookdale, was founded in 1977 by Samuel Sadin, who led the field of elder law. In four decades of work, Brookdale has fostered generations of professionals and paraprofessionals committed to improving the lives of older adults and nurtured many of the field’s top legal and policy experts.


We’re here to answer your questions

Brookdale faculty and staff engage in research, policy analysis, and policy development. We are a leading provider of education and professional development services, including curriculum development and training on issues related to aging, elder law, and elder justice.  Contact us now to see what we can do for you and your organization.

Brookdale Center Council of Advisors

Suzanne Santry (Council Chair), Hunter College Foundation

Joe BakerMedicare Rights Center

Lou-Ellen BarkanAlzheimers Association, NYC Chapter

Joel I. Berson, Esq.Hodgson Russ, LLP

Susan Burden, MSW

Ruth Finkelstein, ScD, Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging of Hunter College

Thomas A. CareyBusiness Development Consultant

Julie CooperConsultant

William DionneCarter-Burden Center for the Aging

Joan Fabio

Daniel Fish, Esq.Daniel G. Fish LLC

Joanne Froelich

Hon. Kristin Booth GlenNew York City Surrogate’s Court

David A. GouldUnited Hospital Fund

Kenneth I. Greenstein, Esq.

Helen HamlinInternational Federation on Aging

Neil Janovic

Mary Jane Koren, MD, MPH, The John A. Hartford Foundation

Mark Lachs, MDNY Presbyterian Weill-Cornell Medical College

Marcella Maxwell, EdDConcord Family Services

Jane OppenheimHunter College Foundation

Alison PaviaPeter C. Alderman Foundation

Barbara PritchardThe Pritchard Group

Penny SchwartzMt. Sinai Medical Center

Mary Ann Van CliefThe Brookdale Foundation

Arthur Y. WebbArthur Webb Group

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