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Contact: Jeanne Hoban, 216.373.1686,

April 22, 2016

The Center for Research and Education of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging recently received a two-year $264,803 grant award from The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) to adapt the evidence-based early-stage dementia intervention, SHARE (Support, Health, Activities, Resources, Education) for families facing the challenges of chronic conditions.

Currently, the six-session SHARE program works to engage both the individual with early-stage dementia and their care partner in discussions about symptoms, communication, care values and preferences, healthy activities and planning for the future. Program participants outline a care plan under the guidance of trained SHARE Counselors for families to follow as the dementia progresses. SHARE was developed with funding from the U.S. Administration on Aging.

Funding received from the RRF grant will allow the adapted SHARE intervention to be implemented and evaluated by Benjamin Rose. Researchers will assess feasibility, acceptability and efficacy using a randomized controlled trial with 240 participants in northern Ohio, and the San Diego and San Francisco Bay areas, in California.

"SHARE has proved to be an effective way for families to develop care plans and cope with the life changes that accompany dementia," said Carol Whitlatch, PhD, Assistant Director of the Center for Research and Education and principal investigator on the project. "We're thrilled that the Retirement Research Foundation has chosen to support our work of adapting SHARE to help families managing chronic illnesses."

To learn more about the SHARE program, visit

The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging ( is a national leader pursuing innovation in practice and policy to address the important issues of aging. Since its beginnings more than 100 years ago, Benjamin Rose has built a Cleveland-based nonprofit into a nationally recognized research organization, a highly regarded service provider known for caring for people with complex, long-term needs, and a policy-driven advocate bringing information from around the country to the larger network of agencies serving older adults in the Greater Cleveland community. Through the Rose Centers for Aging Well, Benjamin Rose provides meals to homebound seniors and in neighborhood centers and offers social and educational programs to seniors in the community.