Avila Institute As our population continues to live well into their 80's, and the needs of our elders with cognitive impairment become more critical, we will be there to answer the educational needs of those who will serve them. The Avila Institute of Gerontology was incorporated in 1988 initiated by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm as a response to the growing complexity of geriatric health care. As the educational arm of the Congregation, the Institute creates a unique opportunity for individuals to share experiences and knowledge about the care of the aged. The educational services of Avila Institute thoroughly reflect the Congregation's commitment to quality and compassionate care in an atmosphere of respect for each human life. Functioning in accord with the teaching authority of the Church, the Institute strives to present the most recent information to enhance the field of gerontology.