History & Expertise

aging woman with supporting hand

As the primary training and research arm of The Network, CADER has worked with over 20 states and 400 agencies and trained more than 20,000 aging practitioners.

Organizations that work with older adults and people with disabilities are facing increased competition and a changing landscape that will affect workforce development. To address their needs, CADER provides training programs that help organizations improve overall performance through strategic learning and training at the individual, group, and organizational level. Our training partners include Area Agencies on Aging, State Units on Aging, Independent Living Centers, senior centers, housing providers, behavioral health organizations, nursing homes, assisted living centers, hospitals, community health centers, social service agencies, and adult day health centers.

CADER offers online courses and certificate programs with a range of methods, tools, and programs designed to maximize the development of practice skills and create a true learning organization. 

CADER was originally funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies in 2002 with a goal to prepare the social services workforce for an aging society. Located within BU’s School of Social Work, CADER builds upon the School’s historical commitment to the aging and disability fields and strengths in teaching, research and training.