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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

Catalyst Bystander Intervention Program Evaluation
Adapting and evaluating the Catalyst Bystander Intervention for use with Senior Companion Program volunteers related to enhance their skills for interpreting and intervening in problem situations.

Dates: 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2016

Funded by: Recovery Resources

Contact Dr. Farida K. Ejaz at:

Caregiver Assessment 2.0
Development of an online caregiver assessment tool for Family Caregiver Alliance, a national leader in innovative approaches to supporting families involved in caring for an ill or impaired relative.

Dates: 01/01/2015-06/30/2016

Funded by: Archstone Foundation

Contact: Dr. Carol Whitlatch at:

Decision Support Tool for Dementia Caregiving Programs
Development of an online tool to help service organizations learn about, and make decisions about, implementing the latest non-pharmacological, evidence-based programs for persons with dementia and their caregivers.

Dates: 4/1/2015-12/31/2016

Funded by: John A. Hartford Foundation

Contact Dr. David Bass at:

Developing a Measure of Illness Perception for Dental Use in Older Adults
This project aims to develop a new measure of perceptions of dental problems among older adults living in HUD housing with the goal of developing interventions to improve their oral health quality of life.

Dates: 4/1/2015-3/1/2017

Funded by: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Contact: Dr. Farida Ejaz at:

Elder Abuse Prevention Interventions Program: Texas adult protective service collaboration with willmed medical management
Trains primary care professionals from an integrated healthcare system in Texas to screen, refer, and prevent elder abuse and neglect among older patients.

Dates: 9/30/2012 - 9/29/2016

Funded By: U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services

Contact Dr. Farida K. Ejaz at:

EPIC: A Group-based Intervention for Early-Stage AD Dyads in Diverse Communities
Randomized controlled trial of an adapted version BRIA's SHARE program implemented in a group format called Early-Stage Partners in Care.

Dates: 5/15/16-4/30/2021

Funded by: National Institute on Aging

Contact Dr. Carol Whitlatch at:

Evaluation of APS Emergency Intervention Team
Evaluation of an innovative, multidisciplinary program being implemented by Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services to improve Adult Protective Services.

Dates: 3/1/2015-6/30/2016

Funded by: Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services with support from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Contact Dr. Heather Menne at:

Evaluation of BRI Care Consultation Implementation, Ohio Alzheimer's Association Chapters
Evaluation of statewide implementation of the evidence-based BRI Care Consultation program by six Ohio Alzheimer's Association Chapters.

Dates: 1/1/2014-9/30/16

Funded by: Ohio Department of Aging, Ohio Alzheimer's Association Chapters, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Contact Dr. David Bass at:

Heart Health Program
Refine and test the feasibility and impact of the Heart Health Program design to encourage older-adults to follow steps for healthy living.

Dates: 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2016

Funded By: Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Contact Dr. David Bass at:

How Do We Contribute to our World? Expressive Arts for Community (Building and Social Action)
Project to engage older adults in expressive arts for self-actualization, group resonance, community building and social action.

Dates: 1/1/2015-12/31/16

Funded by: Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

Contact Dr. Linda Elliott at:

MUSIC & MEMORY℠ in the Community
Implementation of MUSIC & MEMORY℠ in home and community settings across Northeast Ohio for older adults with dementia.

Dates: 11/1/2015-3/31/2017

Funded by: Ohio Department of Aging

Contact Silvia Orsulic-Jeras at:

Ohio Replication of Partners in Dementia Care
Replication and evaluation of the evidence-based Partners in Dementia Care program implemented by Louis Stokes Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, and Greater East Ohio Area Alzheimer's Association Chapter.

Dates: 10/1/2011-10/1/2016

Funded by: Administration on Aging

Contact Dr. David Bass at:

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

Dates: 4/1/2016-3/31/2021

Funded by: National Institute on Aging

Contact Dr. Carol Whitlatch at:

Support, Health, Activities Resources, and Education (SHARE) for Chronic Conditions
Test efficacy of an intervention to enhance communication about care and improve well-being of older adults with chronic illnesses and their family caregivers.

Dates: 4/1/2016 - 5/1/2018

Funded by: Retirement Research Foundation

Contact Dr. Carol Whitlatch at:

Understanding Self-Neglect in Adult Healthcare Patients and Evaluating a New Intervention to Prevent It
Collaborate with WellMed Medical Charitable Foundation and Texas Adult Protective Services to improve the identification of, and services for, older adults and adults with disabilities at high-risk of self-neglect.

Dates: 9/30/16-9/29/2018

Funded by: Administration for Community Living

Contact: Dr. Farida K. Ejaz at: