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The Center for Research and Education at Benjamin Rose conducts state-of-the-art research to enhance the lives of older adults, their families and the service providers who care for them.

Currently Funded Projects

Comparative Effectiveness of Health System-based versus Community-based Dementia Care
Compare the effectiveness of two proven models of care for people with dementia and their family caregivers; BRI Care Consultation™ and UCLA's Collaborative Care.

Dates: 4/1/2018 - 3/31/2023
Funded by: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Contact Dr. David Bass:

EPIC: A Group-based Intervention for Early-Stage AD Dyads in Diverse Communities
Randomized controlled trial of an adapted version of BRIA's SHARE (Support, Health, Activities, Resources, and Education) program implemented in a group format.

Dates: 5/1/2016 - 4/30/2021
Funded by: National Institute on Aging (subcontract from Arizona State University)
Contact Dr. Carol Whitlatch at:

Evaluation of an Oral Care Lozenge on Quality of Life of Older Adults
Test the effectiveness of a safe and easy-to-take, rapid dissolving lozenge, Daily Dental Care (DDC), in reducing oral health conditions and improving quality of life of older adults.

Dates: 9/15/2017 - 2/28/2019
Funded by: National Institute on Aging
Contact Dr. Farida Ejaz:

Evaluation of BRI Care Consultation™ to Enhance Dementia Capable Communities in Northwest Ohio
Integrating BRI Care Consultation™ with Area Agency on Aging services as a strategy for making Northwest Ohio dementia capable.

Dates: 1/1/2018 - 6/30/2019
Funded by: Administration for Community Living, Ohio Department of Aging
Contact Dr. David Bass:

Evaluation of One Call for Wellness
Evaluation of One Call for Wellness, a one-stop shop to provide proven programs for older adults in Cuyahoga County.

Dates: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018
Funded by: Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services
Contact Miriam Rose:

Evaluation of the LifeBio Program
Randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of a program to familiarize nursing home staff with residents' personal histories to increase person-centered care.

Dates: 4/15/2017 - 6/30/2019
Funded by: Ohio Department of Medicaid with support from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (subcontract from Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center)

Contact Dr. Farida Ejaz at:

Online Resource for Comparing Evidence-Based Dementia Caregiving Programs
Develop, implement, and evaluate a website for professionals that inventories available caregiving evidence-based programs and increases their availability.

Dates: 4/1/2017 - 9/30/2019
Funded by: The John A. Hartford Foundation, The Retirement Research Foundation, Archstone Foundation (subcontract to Family Caregiver Alliance)

Contact Dr. David Bass at:

Residential Care Transition Module
Test feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of a transitional care program for family caregivers supporting a relative with dementia.

Dates: 6/1/2016 - 5/31/2021
Funded by: National Institute on Aging (subcontract from University of Minnesota)
Contact Dr. Carol Whitlatch at:

Seniors Making Connections Through Music
Develop, implement, evaluate, and sustain a senior volunteer-led group music intervention for persons living with dementia in senior centers across Lake County.

Dates: 2/1/2017 - 12/28/2019
Funded by: Lake County Senior Citizens Collaborative Initiative (Lake County Board of Commissioners) (subcontract from Lake County RSVP)

Contact Silvia Orsulic-Jeras at:

Understanding Self-Neglect in Adult Healthcare Patients and Evaluating a New Intervention to Prevent It
Improve identification of, and services for, older adults and adults with disabilities at high-risk of self-neglect.

Dates: 9/30/2016 - 9/29/2019
Funded by: Administration for Community Living (subcontract to WellMed Charitable Foundation and Texas Adult Protective Services)
Contact: Dr. Farida K. Ejaz at:

Veterans Rural Health Resource Center-Dementia Caregiving Tele-Health Alliance
Integrate and implement complementary dementia caregiving programs for Veteran-caregiver dyads in rural communities.

Dates: 1/1/2017-12/31/2018
Funded by: Veteran's Administration
Contact: Dr. David Bass at: