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About ACAR

At the Acts Center for Applied Research (ACAR), our goal is to use the tools of applied research to explore ways of promoting successful aging and enhancing the services available to the older adult population across the country and around the world.

 

We focus on research examining the unique social, spiritual, physical, and psychological needs of older adults and on the environmental factors, and lifestyle choices that contribute to their well-being.

Acts Retirement-Life Communities launched ACAR in 2003 as an important means for fulfilling Acts’ mission of social responsibility. Since then, we have worked to contribute to the body of knowledge related to aging—a body of knowledge that is growing, but in many important areas, still far from complete.

We are especially interested in generating insights on the unique experience of today’s retirees, many of whom are living decades longer than prior generations, thereby charting new territory for us all.

ACAR fulfills its purpose through partnerships with a variety of universities, health care providers, government agencies, and other research institutions. We join with other non-profits who are conducting promising studies and connect these organizations with Acts residents interested in taking part as participants.

As part of Acts, ACAR is a not-for-profit entity and does not receive payment for its work. ACAR collaborates only with research partners who are also non-profits.

We are especially interested in generating insights on the unique experience of today’s retirees, many of whom are living decades longer than prior generations, thereby charting new territory for us all.

Our Leadership

Bill Tamulonis

Managing Director-Acts Center for Applied Research

Bill has nearly 40 years of experience designing, planning and administering large-scale research initiatives. For the last 20 years, his research has focused on the housing choices of the older adult population: their motivations, preferences, decision-making processes, evaluation of alternatives, satisfaction with alternatives, and future needs and desires.

As Managing Director of the Acts Center for Applied Research, Bill forms partnerships with universities, health care providers, government agencies, and other nonprofits to conduct applied research on topics of healthy and successful aging.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA. from Loyola University in Maryland.

You can reach Bill at wtamulonis@actslife.org or 302-235-6827

Jefferson Kaighn

Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer of Acts Retirement-Life Communities

Jeff has over 25 years of executive management experience in retirement community and health care organizations, and is a licensed nursing home administrator.

Jeff is a member of the LeadingAge Education Committee, and the International Association of Homes & Services for the Aged (IAHSA) Global Ageing Task Force. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and co-author of The PIT Crew: A Story of Performance Improvement (Tate Publishing).

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Eastern University.

Jim Petty

Senior Vice President of Business Development

Jim is responsible for the strategic growth objective to expand the mission of Acts Retirement-Life Communities. Jim has led single-site and multi-site CCRCs in operations, sales, marketing and development.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Gordon College and a MBA from Augusta State University.