Jefferson School of Health Professions
Since 1996, the Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health (CARAH) at Thomas Jefferson University has focused its research efforts on the development, testing and application of innovative community and home-based services for individuals with chronic or disabling conditions, and specifically, the elderly and their caregivers.
Under the leadership of Laura Gitlin, PhD, CARAH has tested and developed behavioral and home-based interventions that improve:
- Function and well-being in older adults and family caregivers,
- Quality of life of individuals with dementia and their families,
- Adaptation to functional disability,
- Community-based approaches to depression care.
Research to develop, test, and translate Jefferson Elder Care Services has been supported by funds from the Administration on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association, Farber Family Foundation, National Institutes of Health (NIMH, NIA, NINR), PA Department of Health Tobacco Settlement, and the Rosalynn Carter/Johnson & Johnson initiative.