Areas of Excellence
Center for Innovative Care in Aging
About the Center
Center Program Coordinator: The Center seeks a highly motivated individual to help advance the infrastructure and educational mission of the Center. Applicants can apply at jobs.jhu.edu (Requisition #59074).
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Aging: Fellows will participate in Center meetings and training opportunities such as the Summer Research Institute on Developing Behavioral Interventions, and will work with core faculty on existing or newly developed research projects in the areas of aging and behavioral interventions. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the potential for funding to be extended an additional year. LEARN MORE
As the nations population gets older, more and more people would rather live in their own homes than move to an assisted living or nursing facility; the Center works to equip older adults to do so with the physical and mental tools to live longer, healthier, more productive lives, even in their advancing years.
Professor Laura N. Gitlin, PhD
Director, Center for Innovative Care in Aging
A new, inter-professional initiative to develop, advance, and support the well-being of older adults and their families is now a reality at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. The Center for Innovative Care in Aging uses novel approaches to enhance the yield of programs, policies, practices, and tools to help diverse older adults and family members remain healthy, independent, and living in their own homes and communities.
Laura N. Gitlin, PhD
Professor, Department of Community-Public Health
Research areas: Caregiving, dementia, aging in place, functional disability, home and community-based interventions, depression, health disparities
Hae-Ra Han, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, Department of Community-Public Health
Research areas: Community-based participatory research, health disparities, cancer control, cardiovascular risk reduction, chronic disease management, minority and immigrant health, cross-cultural instrumentation
Sharon Kozachik, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, Department of Acute and Chronic Care
Research areas: Pain, sleep disturbance, symptom management, HPA axis responsivity, hyperarousal
Marie Nolan, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Chair, Department of Acute and Chronic Care
Research areas: Gerontology, aging in place, racial and socioeconomic health disparities
Sarah Szanton, PhD, CRNP
Associate Professor, Department of Community-Public Health
Research areas: Gerontology; aging in place; racial and socioeconomic health disparities
Jennifer Wenzel, PhD, RN, CCM
Assistant Professor, Department of Acute and Chronic Care
Research areas: Oncology, health disparities, health services research; managed care, case management, treatment decision making; computer-assisted qualitative data analysis.
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
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The interdivisional Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Center for Innovative Care in Aging is creating a national and international impact by:
Bringing together experts in trial methodology, bioethics, health policy, health disparities, community-participatory research, bio-behavioral measurement, implementation science, epidemiology, health economics, health systems design, and geriatrics from throughout Johns Hopkins University and elsewhere in the geronotologic community
Engaging in research to develop and test innovative interventions to enhance care programs and health outcomes for diverse aging populations
Shortening the time span from intervention to implementation of clinical trial evidence and translating and implementing evidence-based programs in community and practice settings
Providing research training, education and mentorship in gerontologic and geriatric evidence-based programs to emerging scholars and practitioners in nursing and other health and human service professions
Related Hopkins Aging Centers
Programs and Activities
The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Center for Innovative Care in Aging brings to the variety of audiences who work in the field of gerontology a wide range of activities aimed at advancing research in areas concerning dementia care, functional difficulties, fall risk, and quality of life among older adults with chronic and co-morbid illnesses. Current and upcoming programs explore community partnering to enhance home safety and quality of life in older adults; cardiovascular risk reduction; and family involvement in elder care.
Ongoing and future activities include:
Monthly research-in-progress meetings
Summer Research Institute on Development of Behavioral Interventions
Lectureship series on topics pertinent to behavioral intervention research
A meaningful exchange and consultation network of behavioral intervention scientists
A network of practice and community sites willing to participate as research sites or who are interested in implementing evidence-based programs generated by Center faculty and the network of behavioral intervention scientists
Working Research Groups
Cancer and Aging Work Group: Drs. Roland Thorpe and Sarah Szanton, Facilitators
Family Caregiver Work Group: Dr. Laura Gitlin, Facilitator
Formulating an amazing idea for a behavioral intervention is half the battle. For the much more difficult second half there is Developing Behavioral Interventions: A Summer Research Institute (June 11-13, 2014), designed to advance the skills of junior faculty, post-doctoral students, researchers, or investigators with limited experience in health-related behavioral intervention research....Click here to read more.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) faculty and students prepare for the holidays while organizing interprofessional education events, presenting at conferences, and applying for grants....Click here to read more.
Fewer than 10 percent who would benefit from alcohol treatment actually get care. Associate professor Deborah S. Finnell, DNS, RN, and a colleague describe how a discussion about alcohol’s effect on the brain and how the brain can heal may help individuals bridge this “treatment gap.” The conversation, one-on-one or through a video now being tested, can help dispel the fear and stigma that keep heavy drinkers from taking action. Finnell says, “Alcohol use shouldn’t be about shame and blame. It’s a chronic disorder, like diabetes or hypertension. We nurses can help these individuals understand and manage their illness, rather than to hide from it.” [“Providing information about the neurobiology of alcohol use disorders to close the ‘referral to treatment gap.’ ” Nursing Clinics of North America, September 2013.]...Click here to read more.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, at 17.3 million deaths a year worldwide (malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis combined kill just under 3.9 million women a year). It’s the cause of 1 in 3 deaths. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills more than 2,150 Americans each day, or one death every 40 seconds, according to the American Heart Association. There are 600,000 non-smokers globally, including children, killed each year by exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. And 1 million babies worldwide are born each year with a heart defect....Click here to read more.
A transformation in the treatment of patients with dementia is quietly taking place at the Lakeside Medical Unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center....Click here to read more.
Two studies by core faculty from the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing show that a low-cost, home-based program called Beat the Blues can reduce symptoms of depression in two of three older African Americans, even when they have severe financial worries....Click here to read more.
An aging population and an old health scourge are the driving forces behind two massive open online courses (MOOCs) being offered this fall by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON)....Click here to read more.
The effects of racism or even the perception of racism on health leads a roundup of July and August scholarly publications from faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing....Click here to read more.
Aging: An actuality that all must face; yet, out of a world population of more than 3 billion people, only a relative handful of health professionals are trained to treat its ever-changing effects. Nancy Hodgson, PhD, RN, and Julie Stanik-Hutt, PhD, ACNP/GNP-BC, CCNS, both experienced and committed to geriatric nursing, are working toward improving an exploding population of older adults....Click here to read more.
Aside from memory loss and cognitive impairments, often the most difficult aspect of caring for people with dementia is treating their disruptive changes in behavior....Click here to read more.
In the latest edition of Johns Hopkins Nursing Research News: Pumping up heart health messages among the underserved; male abusers harm their own work status too; tools for handling dementia; nursing students ready to nurse; deadly HIV-TB treatment puzzle; and more....Click here to read more.
As a former EMT in rural Virginia, Rachel Klimmek witnessed disparities faced by residents separated from good care by distance and poverty. So when she decided her PhD dissertation should look at health disparities among aging cancer survivors, Klimmek knew right where to start....Click here to read more.
It’s said, “You’re only as old as you feel,” and that certainly rang true for guests who attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) Geriatric Interest Group (GIG) Senior Prom, March 2....Click here to read more.
There are few shortcuts to gaining the wisdom and experience necessary in the challenging—and growing—field of caring for aging patients. Any jumpstart in that process can be nearly priceless....Click here to read more.
Offer just one person the knowledge available through the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Train the Trainer Course and you’ve created a potential army of advocates for geriatric patients facing the end of life....Click here to read more.
Behavior changes are among the most visible, disruptive and distressing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias....Click here to read more.
Four faculty and one recent graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) will be presenting at the Gerontological Society of America 2012 annual conference Nov. 14-17 in San Diego, California....Click here to read more.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing’s (JHUSON) Center for Innovative Care in Aging is teaming up with the Baltimore City Office of Aging - Health Department to continue home-based disability reduction intervention efforts....Click here to read more.
Assistant professor Sarah Szanton has received research funding that will mean the difference between "disability" and "capability". ...Click here to read more.
Geriatric nurse educator Casey Shillam, PhD, RN-BC, is the newest member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) faculty....Click here to read more.
Assistant Professor Sarah L. Szanton has received a $4-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to extend the team’s home-based intervention study with low-income older adults in Baltimore City over five years....Click here to read more.
A seminar series focusing on issues related to intervention and implementation science in aging is the latest interdisciplinary initiative at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. ...Click here to read more.
Johns Hopkins Nursing researchers focus on palliative care, sexual violence, life wellness, and more in the March-April 2012 research news brief....Click here to read more.
One in every eight Americans is aged 65 years or older and, by 2030, it is expected to be one in five....Click here to read more.
Geda, Y.E., Schneider, L.S., Gitlin, L.N., Miller, D.S., & Lyketsos, CG. (in press). Neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimers disease: Past progress and anticipation of the future. Alzheimers Disease Journal.
Gitlin, L.N., Chernett, N.L., Dennis, M.P., & Hauck, W.W. (in press). Identification of and beliefs about depressive symptoms and preferred treatment approaches among community-living older African Americans. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
Han, H. R., & Lee, H., Commodore-Mensah, Y., & Kim, M. T. (2013). Development and validation of the Hypertension Self-Care Profile: A practical tool to measure hypertension self-care. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. [Epub ahead of print]
Han, H. R., Park, S. Y., Song, H., Kim, M., Kim, K. B., & Lee, H. B. (2013). Feasibility and validity of dementia assessment by trained community health workers based on Clinical Dementia Rating. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 61(7), 1141-5.
Han, H. R., Song, H. J., Nguyen, T., & Kim, M. T. (2013). Measuring self-care in patients with hypertension: A systematic review of literature. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. [Epub ahead of print]
Han, H. R., Song, Y., Song, H. J., & Kim, M. T. (2013). Influence of living arrangement on the management and control of hypertension: A mixed-methods study of Korean American elderly. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 15(5), 944-952.
Kim, S. M., & Han, H. R. (2013). Evidence-based strategies to reduce readmission in patients with heart failure. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 9(4), 224-232.
Kim, H., Song, H. J., Han, H. R., Kim, K. B., & Kim, M. T. (2013). Translation and validation of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension for Koreans (K-DASH) intervention: Culturally-tailored dietary guidelines for Korean Americans with high blood pressure. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 28(6), 514-23.
Lee, H. B., Han, H. R., Huh, B. Y., Kim, K. B., & Kim, M. T. (2013). Mental health service utilization among Korean elders in Korean churches: Preliminary findings from the Memory and Aging Study of Koreans in Maryland (MASK-MD). Aging and Mental Health. [Epub ahead of print]
Lee, D. S., Kim, Y. J., & Han, H. R. (2013). Sex differences in the association between socioeconomic status and type 2 diabetes: Data from the 2005 Korean National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (KNHANES). Public Health, 127(6), 554-60.
Lee, J. E. Kim, M. T., & Han, H. R. (2013). Correlates of health-related quality of life among Korean immigrant elders. Journal of Applied Gerontology. [Epub ahead of print]
Park, Y. H., Han, H. R., Oh, B. M., Lee, J., Park, J. A., Yu, S. J., & Chang, H. (2013). Prevalence and associated risk factors of dysphagia in nursing home residents. Geriatric Nursing, 34(3), 212-7.
Zhang, Y., Wei, M., Han, H.R., Zhang, Y., & Shen, N. (2013). Testing the Applicability of the Family Management Style Framework to Chinese Families. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 35(7), 920-42.
Burke, J.P., & Gitlin, L.N., (2012). The Issue is how do we change practice when we have the evidence? American Journal of Occupational Therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66(5), 885-e88. Doi 10.5014/ajot2012.004432
Callahan, C.M., Kales, H.C., Gitlin. L.N., & Lyketsos, C.G. (2012). The Historical Development and State of the Art Approach To Delivery of Dementia Care Services eds. de Waal, Ames, OBrien, Lyketsos. Designing Dementia Care Services
Davey MP, Kissil K, Lynch L, Harmon LR, & Hodgson N.A (2012). A culturally adapted family intervention for African American families coping with parental cancer: outcomes of a pilot study.Psychooncology. 2012 Sep 5.
Davey MP, Kissil K, Lynch L, Harmon LR, & Hodgson N. (2012). Lessons Learned in Developing a Culturally Adapted Intervention for African-American Families Coping with Parental Cancer. Journal of Cancer Education.
DiGiacomo, M., Davidson, P. M., Byles, J., & Nolan, M. (in press). An integrative and socio-cultural perspective of health, wealth, and adjustment in widowhood, Health Care for Women International.
Foradori, M. A., & Nolan, M. T. (2012). Effect of a study map intended to support informed consent in transplant research. Progress in Transplantation, 22, 56-61.
Frick, K.D., McGill, S., Tan, E.J., Rebok, G.W., Carlson, M.C., Tanner, E.K., & Fried L.P. (2012). Costs of Implementing Experience Corps in Public Elementary Schools in Baltimore. Educational Gerontology, 38(8), 1-12.
Gitlin, L.N., & Fuentes, P. (2012). The Republic of Chile: An upper middle-income country at the crossroads of economic development and aging. The Gerontologist.
Gitlin, L.N., Harris, L.F., McCoy, M., Chernett, Nancy L., Jutkowitz, E., & Pizzi, L.T. (2012). A community-integrated home based depression intervention for older African Americans: description of the Beat the Blues randomized trial and intervention costs. BMC Geriatrics.12(4).
Gitlin, L.N., Kales, H.C., Lyketsos, C.G. (2012). Evidence-Based Management of Behavioral Symptoms in Dementia Using Nonpharmacologic Approaches. JAMA, 308, 2020-2029.
Gitlin, L.N. & Piersol, C.V. (2012). Occupational Therapy with Aging Adults: Enhancing Quality of Life Through Collaborative Practice edited by Karen F. Barney, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Margaret A. Perkinson, PhD (The "Work"). Elsevier Inc.
Gitlin, L. N. & Schulz, R. (2012). Family caregiving of older adults. In T.R. Prohaska, L.A. Anderson, and R.H. Binstock (eds.), Public Health for an Aging Society. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 181-204.
Gitlin, L. N. & Wolff, J. L. (2012). Family involvement in care transitions of older adults: What do we know and where do we go from here? In P. Dilworth-Anderson (eds). Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics: Pathways through the Transitions of Care for Older Adults. (pp. 31-64) Springer Publishing Company.
Gitlin, L.N. (2012). Good News for Dementia Care: Caregiver Interventions Reduce Behavioral Symptoms in People With Dementia and Family Distress. American Journal of Psychiatry. 169:9.
Griffith, K., Passmore, S., Smith, D., & Wenzel, J. (2012). African Americans with a family history of colorectal cancer: Barriers and facilitators to screening. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39(3), 299-306.
Heinze K., Nolan, M. T. (in press). Parental decision making for children with cancer at the end of life: A Systematic Review, Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing.
Hinds, P. S., Feetham, S. L., Kelly, K. P., & Nolan, M. T. (2012). The family factor: Knowledge needed in oncology research, Cancer Nursing, 35(1)
Hodgson, N. A., Gitlin, L. N., Dennis, M. P., Winter, L., & Hauck, W. (2012). Relationship of pain to behavioral and psychiatric symptoms in older community residing adults with dementia. Clinical Journal of Pain.
Hodgson, N.A., & Lafferty, D. (2012). Reflexology versus Swedish Massage to reduce physiologic stress and pain: A pilot study. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine;2012:456897
Jie B, Jiang ZM, Nolan MT, Zhu SN, Yu K, Kondrup J. (2012). Impact of preoperative nutritional support on clinical outcome in abdominal surgical patients at nutritional risk. Nutrition. (10):1022-7.
Jutkowitz, J., Pizzi, L., Hess, E., Suh, D.C., & Gitlin, L.N. (2012). Comparison of three societally-derived health-state classification values among older African Americans with depressive symptoms. Quality of Life Research.
Klimmek, R., Noyes, L., Edington-Saunders, K., Logue, C., Jones, R., & Wenzel, J. (2012). Training of community health workers to deliver cancer patient navigation to rural African American seniors. Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 6(2),167-174.
Klimmek, R., & Wenzel, J. (2012, November). Theory derivation: Adaptation of the Illness Trajectory Theory to describe the work of transitional cancer survivorship. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39, E499-E510.
Lim, JH, Zhan, A., Szanton, S., Gitlin, L.N., & Terzis, A. (2012). A Closed-Loop Approach for Improving the Wellness of Low-Income Elders at Home Using Game Consoles. IEEE Communication. 50(1) 44-51.
Parisi, J.M., Rebok, G.W., Seeman, T.E., Tanner, E.K., Tan, E., Fried, L.P., Xue, Q-L., Frick, K.D., & Carlson, M.C. (2012). Lifestyle activities in sociodemographically at-risk urban, older adults prior to participation in the Baltimore Experience Corps trial. Activities, Adaptation, and Aging, 36, 242-260.
Parisi, J.M., Rebok, G.W., Xue, Q-L., Fried, L.P., Seeman, T.E., Tanner, E.K., Gruenewald, T.L., Frick, K.D., & Carlson, M.C. (2012). The role of education and intellectual activity on cognition. Journal of Aging Research, 2012: doi 10.1155/2012/416132
Pho, A., Tanner, E., Roth, J., Greeley, M., Dorsey, C., & Szanton, S. (2012). Promoting and maintaining function among community-living older adults: Six key conditions to prioritize. Geriatric Nursing, 33, 439-445.
Pruchno, R., & Gitlin, L. N. (2012). Family caregiving in late life: Shifting paradigms. In Blieszner, R., & Bedford, V. H. Handbook of Families and Aging, Praeger Publishers. pp. 515-541.
Rebok, G. W., Carlson, M. C., Frick, K. D., Giuriceo, K. D., Gruenewald, T. McGill, S., Parisi, J. M., Romani, J. M., Seeman, T. E., Tanner, E. K., & Fried, L. P. (2012). The Experience Corps: Intergenerational interventions to enhance well-being among retired people. In F. Huppert and C. Cooper (Eds.), Interventions and Policies to Enhance Wellbeing.
Shang, J., Wenzel, J., Krumm, S., Griffith, K., & Stewart, K. (2012). Who will drop out & who will drop in - correlates to exercise adherence and contamination in a RCT among patients receiving active cancer treatment. Cancer Nursing, 35(4), 312-22.
Tung, T., Kaufmann, J., Tanner, E. (2012). The effect of nurse practitioner practice in home care on emergency department visits for homebound older adult patients: An exploratory pilot study. Home Healthcare Nurse, 30(6), 366-372.
Wenzel, J., Jones, R., Klimmek, R., Krumm, S., Darrell, L., Song, D., Stearns, V., & Ford, J. (2012). Cancer Support and Resource Needs among African American Older Adults. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 16(4), 372-77.
Wenzel, J., Jones, R., Klimmek, R., Szanton, S., & Krumm, S. (2012). Exploring the Role of Community Health Workers in Providing Cancer Navigation: Perceptions of African American Seniors. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39(3), E288-298.
Wolff, J. L., Boyd, C.M., Gitlin, L.N., Bruce, M.L., & Roter, D.L. (2012). Going it together: persistence of older adults accompaniment to physician visits by a family companion. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60, 106-112.
Young, H.M., & Shillam, C.R. (2012). How physicians and nurses can collaborate in team-based care. California Family Physician, 63(2), 26.
Zhou H, Li Z, Nolan MT, Arthur D, Wang H, Hu L. (in press). Self-management education interventions for persons with schizophrenia: A meta-analysis. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing.
Agbedia, O., Seplaki, Cl, Varma, V., Seeman, T., Fried, L., Li, L., Harris, G., Rebok, G., Tanner, E., Tan, E., Parisi, J., Xue, Q-L., McGill, S., & Carlson, M. (2011). Blunted diurnal decline of cortisol among older adults with low socioeconomic status. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1231(1), 56-64.
Allen J.K., Dennison-Himmelfarb, C.R., Szanton, S.L., Bone, L, Hill, M.N., & Levine, D.M. (2011). COACH trial: A randomized controlled trial of nurse practitioner/community health worker cardiovascular disease risk reduction in urban community health centers: Rationale and design. Contemporary Clinical Trials 32(3), 403-411.
Ballew, S., Hannum, S.M., Gaines, J.M., Marx, K.A., & Parrish, J.M. (2011). The role of spiritual experiences and activities in the relationship between chronic illness and psychological well-being. Journal of Religion and Health. On-line first May 21, 2011.
Chookaew, N., Wenzel, J., Sirisreetreeru, R., Sangprasert, C., & Wisettanakorn, N. (2011). Rapid assessment and Response: The context of HIV/AIDS and adolescents in Bangkok. Journal of Nursing Science, 29(3), 28-35.
Gaines, J.M, Burke, K.L, Marx, K.A., Wagner, M. & Parrish, J.M. (2011). Enhancing Older Driver Safety: A Driving Survey and Evaluation of the CarFit Program. Journal of Safety Research. Online.
Gaines, J.M., Poey, J.L., Marx, K.A., Parrish, J.M., & Resnick, B. (2011). Health and medical services use: A matched case comparison between CCRC residents and national Health and Retirement Study samples. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. Online.
Gaines, J.M., & Marx, K.A. (2011). A systematic review of older men's knowledge about osteoporosis and educational interventions to increase osteoporosis knowledge in older men. Maturitas, 68, 5-12.
Gitlin, L. N. (2011). Problem solving in health and illness. In M. Craft-Rosenberg & S. Pehier (eds), Encyclopedia of Family Health, Sage Publication.
Gosselin, T., Crane-Okada, R., Irwin, M., Tringali, C., & Wenzel, J. (2011). Measuring oncology nurses' psychosocial care practices and needs: 2009 ONS psychosocial membership survey results. Oncology Nursing Forum, 38(6), 729-37.
Gregory, P.A., Szanton, S.L., Xue, Q.L., Thorpe, R.J., Tian, J., & Fried, L.P. (2011). Education Predicts Incidence of Pre-clinical disability in Initially High-functioning Older Women. The Womens Health and Aging II (WHAS II) Study. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biomedical Sciences and Medical Sciences.
Hodgson, N., Gitlin, L.N., Winter, L., & Czekanski, K. (2011). Undiagnosed illness and neuropsychiatric behaviors in community-residing older adults with dementia. Alzheimers Disease and Associated Disorders, 25(2), 109-115.
Jutkowitz, E., Gitlin, L. N., Pizzi, L., & Dennis, M. P. (2011). The cost-effectiveness of a home-based program that reduces functional disability in community-dwelling older adults. Journal of Aging Research Special Issue on Aging in Place. Volume 2012, doi:10.1155/2012/680265.
Kang, X., Li, Z., & Nolan, M. T. (2011). Informal caregivers' experiences of caring for patients with chronic heart failure: Systematic review and metasynthesis of qualitative studies. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 26(5), 386-94.
Kwako, L.E., Szanton, S.L., Saligan, L., & Gill, J.M., (2011). Major Depressive Disorder Following Exposure to Trauma: Relationships between Emotional Intelligence and Social Support. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 17(3) 237-245.
Martinez, I., Crook, D., Kim, K., & Tanner, E. (2011). Invisible civic engagement among older adults: Valuing the contributions of informal volunteering. Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology, 26(1), 23-37.
Marx, K.A., Burke, K.L., Gaines, J.M., Resnick, B., & Parrish, J.M. (2011). Your New Home: Advantages and disadvantages of living in a continuing care retirement community. Seniors Housing and Care Journal, 19, 83-96.
Marx, K.A., Gaines, J.M., Resnick, B,. & Parrish, J. (2011). The Erickson Life Study: A Longitudinal Examination of the Erickson Resident Profile. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 25, 274-87.
Miller, K., Siddarth, P., Gaines, J.M., Parrish, J.M., Ercoli, L., Marx, KA., Ronch, J., Pilgram, B., Burke, K., Barczak, N., Babcock, B., Small, G. (2011). The Memory Fitness Study: Effects of a Healthy Aging Intervention Program on Older Adults. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Online.
Murinson, B.B., Nenortas, E., Mayer, S., Mezei, L., Kozachik, S., Nesbitt, S., Haythornthwaite, J., & Campbell, J.N. (2011). A new program in pain medicine for medical students: Integrating core knowledge with emotional and reflective development. Pain Medicine, 12(2), 186-195.
Nicklett, E.J., Szanton, S.L., Sun, K, Ferrucci, L. Fried, LP, Guralnik, J.M., & Semba, R.D. (2011). Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status is Associated with Serum Carotenoid Concentrations in Older, Community-Dwelling Women. Journal of Nutrition. 141(2), 284-289.
Nolan, M. T., Liu, H., Li, Z., Lu, C., & Hill, M. N. (2011). International doctoral education partnership: The first full-time doctoral program for nurses in China. Journal of Professional Nursing, 27, 354-361.
Page, G.G., Hayat, M., & Kozachik, S.L. (2011). Sex differences in pain responses at maturity following neonatal repeated minor pain exposure in rats. Biological Research for Nursing.
Palta, P. Samuel, L, Miller, E.R., & Szanton, S.L. (2011). Psychological Stress Is Associated with higher Oxidative Stress: Results from a Meta-analysis of Observational Studies. Psychosomatic Medicine, 73(3), A46.
Rebok, G. W., Barron, J. S., Carlson, M. C., Frick, K. D., McGill, S., Parisi, J. M., Seeman, T. E., Tan, E. J., Tanner, E. K., Willging, P. R., & Fried, L. P. (2011). Experience Corps(r): A civic engagement-based public health intervention. In P. E. Hartman-Stein and A. La Rue (Eds.), Enhancing cognitive fitness in adults: A handbook for the development of community based programs. New York, NY.
Sharma, R. K., Hughes, M. T., Nolan, M. T., Tudor, C., Kub, J., Terry, P. B., & Sulmasy, D. P. (2011). Family understanding of seriously-ill patient preferences for family involvement in healthcare decision making. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 8, 881-886.
Shillam, C.R., Jones, K.D., & Miller, L.L. (2011). Fibromyalgia symptoms, physical function, and comorbidity in middle-aged and older adults. Nursing Research, 60(5), 309-317.
Shillam, C.R. (2011). Caring for older adults who are experiencing pain. In C. Miller (Ed.), Nursing for wellness in older adults (6th ed.) (pp. 560-574). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Shillam, C.R. (2011). Geriatric patients. In T. Woo & A. Wynne (Eds.), Pharmacotherapeutics for nurse practitioner prescribers (3rd ed.) (pp. 1423-1438). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis, Company.
Shillam, C. R. (2011). Chronic illness and long-term care. In T. Woo & A. Wynne (Eds.), Pharmacotherapeutics for nurse practitioner prescribers (3rd ed.) (pp. 1439-1450). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis, Company.
Szanton, S.L., Miller, E.R., Thorpe, R.J., Epel, E.S., Rifkind, J.M., Mohanty, J.G., Zonderman, A.B., & Evans, M.K. (2011) Racial discrimination is associated with a measure of red cell oxidative stress: a potential pathway for racial health disparities. Sept 13, 2011 Epub ahead of print at International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
Szanton, S., Thorpe, R., Boyd, C., Tanner, E., Leff, B., Agree, E., Xue, Q., Allen, J., Seplaki, C., Weiss, C., Guralnik, J. & Gitlin, L. (2011). CAPABLE: A bio-behavioral-environmental intervention to improve function and health-related quality of life in disabled, older adults. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 59, 2314-2320.
Szanton, S.L., Wenzel, J.M., Connolly, A.B., & Piferi R.L. (2011) Examining mindfulness-based stress reduction: Perceptions from minority older adults residing in a low-income housing facility. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 11, 44.
Thorpe, R.J., Szanton, S.L., Clay, O., Allaire, J., & Whitfield, K.E. (2011). Correlates of Mobility Limitation in African Americans. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.
Wen-tao P., Nolan, M. T. & Zhang, J. (2011). Concept analysis of anticipatory nausea. Journal of Nursing (China), 18(10A), 0001- 04.
Wenzel, J., Jones, R., Hinton, I., Gorton, N., Cary, M., Krumm, S., & Ford, J. (2011). Exploring cancer support needs for older African American men with prostate cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 19(9), 1411-1419.
Wenzel, J., Shaha, M., Klimmek, R., & Krumm, S. (2011). Working through grief and loss: oncology nurses' perspectives on professional bereavement. Oncology Nursing Forum, 38(4) E272-82.
Winter, L., Gitlin, L. N., & Dennis, M. (2011). Desire to institutionalize a relative with dementia: Quality of premorbid relationship and caregiver gender, Family Relations, 60(2), 221-230.
Allen, J.K., Dennison, C.R., Purcell, A., & Szanton S.L. (2010). Perception of cardiac risk among a low income urban diabetic population. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 21(1), 362-370.
Arbaje, A., Maron, D., Yu, Q., Wendel, I., Tanner, E., Boult, C., & Durso, S. (2010). Creating a center of gravity around hospitalized older adults: The Geriatric Floating Interdisciplinary Transitions Team. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 58(2), 364-370.
Black, H., Gitlin, LN, & Burke, JP. (2010). Context and culture: African American elders experiences of depression. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 1-15.
Gaines, J.M., Marx, K.A., Narrett, M., Caudill, J., Landsman, J., & Parrish, J. (2010). Validation of the Male Osteoporosis Knowledge Quiz in older men. American Journal of Men's Health, 5, 78-83.
Gaines, J.M., Marx, K.A., Caudill, J., Parrish, S., Landsman, J., Narrett, M., & Parrish, J.M. (2010). Older men's knowledge of osteoporosis and the prevalence of risk factors. Journal of Clinical Densitometry, 13, 204-209.
Gitlin, L. N., Earland, T. E., & Piersol, C. V. (2010). Enhancing quality of life in functionally vulnerable older adults: From randomized trial to standard care, Generations. Special issue on Translation of Proven Programs for Older Adults, Spring, 84-87.
Gitlin, L., N., Hauck, W.W., & Winter, L. (2010). Letter in Response to Dr. Petrous Comments Concerning Intention to Treat and Inclusion of Dissatisfied Caregivers. JAMA, 304(22), 2483.
Gitlin, L., Hodgson, N, Jutkowitz, E., & Pizzi, L. (2010). The cost-effectiveness of a nonpharmacologic intervention for individuals with dementia and family caregivers: The Tailored Activity Program. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, special issue on Depression and Dementia Care, 18(6), 510-519.
Gitlin, L. N., Jacobs, M., & Vause-Earland, T. (2010). Translation of a dementia caregiver intervention for delivery in homecare as a reimbursable Medicare Service: Outcomes and lessons learned. The Gerontologist, doi: 10.1093/geront/gnq057.
Gitlin, L. N., Winter, L., & Dennis, M. P. (Summer, 2010). Assistive devices to help manage behavioral symptoms of dementia: What do caregivers use and find helpful? Special issue in honor of Dr. Fozzard, Gerontechnology, 9 (3), 408-414.
Gitlin, L.N., Winter, L., Dennis M.P., Hodgson N, & Hauck W.W. (2010). A bio-behavioral home-based intervention and the well-being of patients with dementia and their caregivers: The COPE Randomized Trial. JAMA, 304(9), 983-991.
Gitlin, L.N., Winter, L., Dennis, M.P., Hodgson, N., & Hauck, W.W. (2010). Targeting and managing behavioral symptoms in individuals with dementia: A randomized trial of a nonpharmacologic intervention. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 58(6), 1465-1474.
Hodgson, N., Gitlin, L.N., Dennis, M.P., Winter, L, & Hauck, W. (2010). Relationship of pain to behavioral and psychiatric symptoms on older community residing adults with dementia. Journal of Pain, 11(10).
Hodgson, N., Gitlin, LN., Winter, L., & Czekanski, K. (2010). Undiagnosed illness and neuropsychiatric behaviors in community-residing older adults with dementia. Alzheimers Disease and Associated Disorders. 24 (4), 603-609.
Jie, B., Jiang, Z.M., Nolan, M.T., Efron, D.T., Zhu, S.N., Yu, K., & Kondrup, J. (2010). Impact of nutritional support on clinical outcome in patients at nutritional risk: A multicenter, prospective cohort study in Baltimore and Beijing teaching hospitals. Nutrition, 11-12, 1088-1093.
Jutkowitz, E., Gitlin, L. N., & Pizzi, L. (2010). Evaluating willingness to pay thresholds for dementia caregiving interventions: Application to the Tailored Activity Program. Value in Health, 13(6), 720-725.
Marx, K.A., Gaines, J.M., Resnick, B., Burke, K., & Parrish, J. (2010). Group Activity Participation and Community/Medical Service Use Before and After Moving into a Continuing Care Retirement Community: A Five-Year Examination. Senior Housing & Care Journal, 18, 37-52.
Rose, K., Gitlin, L. N., & Dennis, M. P. (2010) Readiness to use compensatory strategies among older adults with functional difficulties. International Psychogeriatrics, special issue on Prevention. DOI:10.1017/S1041610210001584
Schneider, S., Kub, J., Hughes, M.T., Texeira, K., Sulmasy, D., Astrow, A., Thompson, R.E., Clawson, L., & Nolan, M.T. (2010). Barriers to Research Participant Retention in a Longitudinal Study of End of Life Decision Making. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 12(3),177-183.
Shillam, C.R., & Criddle, L.M. (2010). Gerontological nursing: Pure practice for gerontological exam preparation and review. Scappoose, OR: The Laurelwood Group.
Szanton, S.L., & Gill, J.M. (2010). Facilitating Resilience Using a Society-to-Cells Framework: A Theory of nursing essentials applied to research and practice. Advances in Nursing Science. 33(4), 329-343.
Szanton, S.L., & Gill, J.S. (2010). Resilience from society to cells: a theoretical psychosomatic model of health disparities. Psychosomatic Medicine, 71(3), 92.
Szanton, S.L., Mihaly, L.K., Alhusen, J., & Becker, K.L. (2010) Taking charge of the challenge: Factors to consider in taking your first nurse practitioner job. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 22(7), 356-360.
Szanton, S.L., Palta, P., Hayat, M., Connolly, A.B., & Piferi, R.P. (2010). Mindfulness-based stress reduction may lower blood pressure in low income minority older adults: a pilot study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 71(3), A61.
Szanton, S.L., Seplaki, C.L., Thorpe, R., Allen, J., & Fried L.P. (2010). Socioeconomic status and frailty in the women's health and aging studies. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 64(1), 63-67.
Szanton, S.L., Tanner, E.K., Thorpe, R.J., Agree, E.A., Seplaki, C.S., Boyd, C., Weiss, C.M., & Gitlin, L. (2010). A multi-component pilot to enhance aging-in-place capacity for low-income older adults. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science.
Szanton, S.L., Thorpe, R.J., & Whitfield, K.E. (2010). Life course financial strain and health in African-Americans. Social Science and Medicine, 71(2), 259-65.
Tan, E., Tanner, E., Seeman, T., Xue, Qian-li, Rebok, G., Frick, K., Carlson, M., Wang, T., Piferi, R., McGill, S., Whitfield, K., Fried, L. (2010). Marketing public health through older adult volunteering: Experience Corps as a social marketing intervention. American Journal of Public Health, 100(4), 727-734.
Wang, Y., Jiang, Z.M., Nolan, M.T., Jiang, H., Han, H.R., Yu, K., Jie, B., Liang, X.K. (2010). The impact of glutamine dipeptide-supplemented parenteral nutrition on outcomes of surgical patients: A meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (JPEN), 34(5), 521-529.
Wendel, V., Tanner, E., Cayea, D., Arbaje, A., & Durso, S. (2010). Implementing staff nurse geriatric education in the acute hospital setting. Journal of Medical Surgical Nursing, 19(5), 274-80.
Woods, S., Kozachik, S., & Hall, R. (2010). Subjective sleep quality in women experiencing intimate partner violence: Contributions of situational, psychologic and physiologic factors. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 23(1), 141-150.
Gerontological Society of America
2012 Pre-conference Materials
2011 Pre-conference Materials
Person and Family-centered Care: Translating Evidence-based Non-pharmacological Treatments into Community Practice
Dr. Laura Gitlin, AARP Policy Forum on Brain Health, Living Well with Dementia; December 19, 2013 View presentation
Using Nonpharmacologic Approaches to Improve Quality of Life in People with Dementia and their Family Caregivers
Keynote address given by Dr. Laura Gitlin at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; July 31, 2012 View lecture
Evidence-Based Management of Behavioral Symptoms in Dementia Using Nonpharmacologic Approaches
Author in the Room teleconference presentation hosted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in partnership with JAMA.
Authors: Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, Helen C. Kales, MD, and Constantine G. Lyketsos, MD, MHS
The "Issue Is..."
A Series on Intervention & Implementation Science in Aging
Location & Time
First Thursday of each month,
8 - 9 am
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Light breakfast will be served
The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing interdivisional and interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Care in Aging will offer a Work in Progress Seminar focusing on issues related to intervention and implementation science in aging. The seminar will serve as a forum for faculty, predoctoral and postdoctoral students to explore issues related to behavioral intervention and implementation research or to present ongoing research or emerging intervention ideas and issues.
Through presentation and group discussion, each interactive session will focus on a specific issue, provide an opportunity to present emerging ideas and issues, and receive constructive comments and thoughtful critique to further scholarship in the science of intervention research with older adults. It will also provide a forum to trial run conference and workshop/seminar papers.
The focus of each seminar discussion will vary; however, the series as a whole will provide exposure to the full range of substantive topics related to intervention research with older adults. It is expected that the range of specialty areas, expertise and professional backgrounds of participants will assure exposure to rich discussion, diverse knowledge bases and unique insights.
Role of Session Conveners
Each session will have a designated convener who articulates the identified issue or challenge provides brief background information and a recommended reading(s) concerning the issue and leads the discussion.
Topics for 2013
January 17, 2013
Issue: Pipeline(s) Redux: From idea inception to intervention testing to implementation
Drs. Laura Gitlin and Bruce Leff
PART I: Designing multi-component trials
February 21, 2013 (NOTE:Third Thursday of the month)
Issue:Applying devices and developing metrics to capture life style activity in real time
Dr. Michelle Carlson
April 4, 2013
Issue: Selecting an appropriate control group
Dr. George Rebok
April 11, 2013 (NOTE: Second presentation in April; rescheduled from March 7, 2013)
Issue: Establishing community partnerships for intervention research
Drs. Jennifer Wenzel and Lori Erby
May 2, 2013
Issue: Using actigraphy and other objective measures
Dr. Adam Spira
June 6, 2013
Issue: Fidelity to the intervention
Dr. Jeanine Parisi
PART II: Evaluating multi-component trials
July 11, 2013 (NOTE: Second Thursday of the month)
Issue: Analytic considerations for multicomponent interventions
Dr. David Roth
September 5, 2013
Issue: Integrating economic analytic approaches in intervention research
Dr. Kevin Frick
PART III: New directions in intervention design, implementation, and evaluation
October 3, 2013
Drs. Rachel Klimmek and Laura Samuel
November 7, 2013
Issue: What is implementation science?
Dr. David Holtgrave
December 5, 2013
Issue: Interventions in Development
Panel Presentation: Drs. Nancy Hodgson, Jin Joo, Quincy Samus, and Jennifer Wolff
December 6, 2012: Conducting practical trials
Issue: Is this the best approach for translations?
Dr. Gallo | Room 101 SON House
October 4, 2012: Exploring special populations
Issue: What interventions need to be designed for older adults aging with HIV?
Dr. Farley | Room 101 SON House
September 6, 2012: Exploring feasibility
Issue: How do we recruit and retain older men in intervention studies?
Dr. Thorpe | Room 101 SON House
July 12, 2012: Exploring mechanisms of action
Issue: What is the role of biosalivary markers in intervention design?
June 7, 2012: Exploring population based research
Issue: How to use large-scale population-based data to develop interventions
May 3, 2012: Exploring selection factors and non-compliance
Issue: How should we handle non-compliance in randomized trials?
Dr. Roth | PowerPoint
April 5, 2012 Exploring translation into practice
Issue: What are the models for integrating evidence based programs into large health systems?
Dr. Leff | PowerPoint
March 1, 2012: Introduction to seminar
Issue: What are the pipelines from idea to intervention testing to implementation?
Dr. Gitlin | PowerPoint
The Center hosts a wide range of activities aimed at advancing research in areas concerning chronic disease management, health disparities, depression, dementia care, caregiving, end of life, aging in place, fall prevention, and care transitions.
Several datasets are readily available for analysis and listed below.Investigators, faculty, and students interested in acquiring these datasets should complete the data request form below.
Advancing Better Living for Elders (ABLE)
Randomized controlled trial (n= 319) that examined the efficacy of a home-based intervention involving occupational and physical therapy home visits and provision of assistive devices and home modifications and training in their use to ameliorate functional difficulties identified by participants as most problematic to them.
Advancing Caregiver Training (ACT)
Randomized controlled trial with 272 individuals with dementia and their family caregivers that tested the effectiveness of a non-pharmacological home-based intervention to reduce behavioral symptoms of dementia and caregiver distress.
Alzheimer's Quality of Life (ALZQOL)
Designed to examine modifiable factors that are associated with QoL in dementia patients. A sample of 88 dyads (individuals with dementia and their family caregivers) were interviewed over 3 occasions within a month period to obtain both patient and caregiver perspectives on such areas as pain, QoL, perceived needs, sleep.
Beat the Blues (BTB)
Five year trial testing a home-based intervention to reduce depressive symptoms in 208 older urban African Americans. In addition to the main trial funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, additional NIH ARRA funding was obtained for an economic analysis of the intervention. The dataset includes variables for the main trial and the cost-effectiveness study.
Care of Persons with Dementia in their Environments (COPE)
Randomized controlled trial designed to test a nonpharmacologic, biobehavioral approach to support physical function and quality of life for patients with dementia and the well-being of their caregivers. The COPE program targeted modifiable environmental stressors to decrease sensorial, physical, and cognitive demands and align with patient capabilities and also ruled out underlying medical conditions that could lead to reduced patient functioning.
Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH II)
Randomized controlled trial to test an intervention designed to improve the quality of care provided by caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimer's related disorders, as well as improve the wellbeing of caregivers.
Tailored Activity Program (TAP)
Tested proof of concept and derived effect sizes for a home-based occupational therapy intervention that identifies the capabilities and interests of individuals with dementia from which activities are developed and caregivers are trained to use in their daily care. The intervention is designed to manage, reduce or eliminate behavioral symptoms and reduce the amount of time spent by families in daily care.
Data Request Form
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