Current Projects


(also see Completed Projects)



Assessing Preferences for Everyday Living in the Nursing Home: Reliability and Concordance Issues  
The primary goal of this study is to test the reliability of a measure of psychosocial preferences for everyday living in a frail ethnically diverse nursing home population.
    Provider Magazine article: Resident choice made easier

Workgroup to Develop and Action Plan for Montgomery County's Dual Eligible Elderly
In June 2013, the North Penn Community Foundation awarded the Abramson Center for Jewish Life a $50,000 planning grant to convene a workgroup of knowledgeable stakeholders to explore the problems, and potential solutions, for dual eligible elderly in Montgomery County. The six months of funding ran from July 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013. The Abramson Center brought in two consultants and convened the workgroup, which met monthly from July to December, with phone calls, emails, and subcommittee meetings occurring in between the monthly meetings. The workgroup assembled a list of potential opportunities and efforts underway to address dual eligible elderly’s needs in Montgomery County and develop this report with nine primary recommendations for how to better meet the needs of dual eligible elderly in Montgomery County.
Toolbox for Improving Behavioral Health in Nursing Homes

The aim of this project is to develop a resource toolbox for clinicians of peer-reviewed non-drug approaches to managing dementia-related behaviors in nursing home residents. 


Predicting Trajectories of Flourishing and Failing in New Nursing Home Residents

Forty-five percent of Americans over the age of 65 will use a nursing home in 2010, and about 24% will stay for a year or more, usually at the end of their lives. These residents often suffer from comorbid physical, cognitive, and mental disorders that diminish quality of life at the end of life and represent a costly burden to society. Prevention or amelioration of depression and anxiety, and improving well-being, are both important for maximizing life quality and decreasing health care costs for nursing home residents.

BE-ACTIV: Treating Depression in Nursing Homes

This randomized controlled clinical trial seeks to evaluate the efficacy of an activity-based intervention designed to treat depressed persons with and without dementia who reside in nursing homes.





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