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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

Developing a Measure of Illness Perception for Dental Use in Older Adults
Perceptions of dental problems among older adults in HUD housing to inform interventions for improving oral health and quality of life.

Dates: 4/1/2015 - 3/1/2018
Funded by: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (subcontract from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine)
Contact Dr. Farida Ejaz at:

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 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 - 12/31/2018
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:

MUSIC & MEMORY℠ in the Community Expansion
Expansion of MUSIC & MEMORY℠ in the Community to Lake County and one or more additional counties in Northeast Ohio.

Dates: 3/31/2017 - 9/30/2017
Funded by: Ohio Department of Aging

Contact Silvia Orsulic-Jeras 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: 4/1/2016 - 3/31/2021
Funded by: National Institute on Aging (subcontract from University of Minnesota)
Contact Dr. Carol Whitlatch at:

Senior Center Innovation Grant-Coordinated Programming Initiative (One Call for Wellness)
Needs assessment and evaluation of the Coordinated Programming Initiative (One Call for Wellness), a one-stop shop to provide evidence-based, evidence-informed and other health and wellness programs for older adults in Cuyahoga County, involving the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging's Rose Centers for Aging Well and community partners.

Dates: 6/1/2016 - 11/30/2017
Funded by: Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services (subcontract from Rose Centers for Aging Well)
Contact: Miriam Rose 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 - 7/31/2018
Funded by: Lake County Senior Citizens Collaborative Initiative (Lake County Board of Commissioners) (subcontract from Lake County RSVP)

Contact Silvia Orsulic-Jeras 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: The Retirement Research Foundation
Contact Dr. Carol Whitlatch 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 - 9/29/2018
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: 1/1/2017-12/31/2019
Funded by: Veteran's Administration
Contact: Dr. David Bass at: