Thomas Jefferson UniversityJefferson School of Health Professions

Main menu:


The following publications provide key evidence of the effectiveness of the Jefferson Elder Care interventions offered for older adults, people with dementia, and those who care for them.

Cohen-Mansfield, J. (2002). Managing agitation in elderly patients with dementia. Psychiatric Times, 19(1), 77 78.

Gitlin, L.N. (2002). Evaluating home environments of persons with dementia: Interrater reliability and validity of the Home Environmental Assessment Protocol (HEAP). Disability and Rehabilitation, 24, 59-71

Gitlin, L.N., Winter, L., Dennis, M.P., Hodgson, N., Hauck, W.W. (2010). A biobehavioral home-based intervention and the well-being of patients with dementia and their caregivers. The Journal of the American Medical Association, 304, 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 nonpharmacological intervention. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58, 1465-1475.

Gitlin, L. N. & Corcoran, M. (2005). Occupational therapy and dementia care: The home environment skill-building program for individuals and families. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

Gitlin L. N., Corcoran, M., Winter, L., Boyce, A., Hauck, W. (2001). A randomized, controlled trial of a home environmental intervention: Effect on efficacy and upset in caregivers and on daily function of persons with dementia. The Gerontologist, 41, 4-14.

Gitlin, L. N. & Earland, T.V. (2009). Improving Quality of Life in Individuals with Dementia: The Role of Nonpharmacologic approaches in rehabilitation. In: J. H. Stone, M. Blouin, Eds, International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation.

Gitlin, L. N., Hauck, W. W., Dennis, M. P. & Winter, L. (2005). Maintenance of effects of the home environmental skill-building program for family caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 60A, 368-374.

Gitlin, L. N., Hauck, W. W., Dennis, M. & Schulz, R. (2007). Depressive symptoms in African American and White older adults with functional difficulty: The role of control strategies. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 55, 1023-1030.

Gitlin, L. N., Hauck, W. W., Dennis, M. P., Winter L., Hodgson, N, & Schinfeld. (2009). Long-term effect on mortality of a home intervention that reduces functional difficulties in older adults: Results from a randomized trial. Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 57, 476-481.

Gitlin, L. N., Hauck, W. W., Winter, L., Dennis, M. & Schulz, R. (2006). Effect of an in-home occupational and physical therapy intervention on reducing mortality in functionally vulnerable elders: Preliminary findings. The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 54, 950-955.

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 Dementia Care.

Gitlin, L.N., Jacobs, M., & Earland, T.V. (2010). Translation of a dementia caregiver intervention for delivery in homecare as a reimbursable Medicare service: Outcomes and lessons learned. The Gerontologist, 50, 847-854.

Gitlin, L. N., Winter, L., Dennis, M., Corcoran, M., Schinfeld, S. & Hauck, W. (2006). A randomized trial of a multi-component home intervention to reduce functional difficulties in older adults. The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 54, 809-816.

Gitlin, L. N., Winter, L., Burke, J., Chernett, N., Dennis, M. & Hauck, W. W. (2008). Tailored activities to manage neuropsychiatric behaviors in persons with dementia and reduce caregiver burden: A randomized pilot study. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 16, 229-239.

Gitlin, L. N., Winter, L., Corcoran, M., Dennis, M., Schinfeld, S., & Hauck, W. (2003). Effects of the Home Environmental Skill-building Program on the Caregiver-Care Recipient Dyad: Six-month outcomes from the Philadelphia REACH Initiative. The Gerontologist, 43, 532-546.

Gitlin, L. N., Winter, L., Earland, T. V., Herge, E. A., Chernett, N. L., Piersol, C. V., & Burke, J. P. (2009). The tailored activity program (TAP): A nonpharmacologic approach to improving quality of life at home for person with dementia and their family caregivers. The Gerontologist, Practice Concepts, 49, 428-439.

Graff, M. J. L., Vernoonij-Dassen, M. J. M., Thijssen, M., Dekker, J., Hoefnagels, W. H. L., Olde Rikkert, M. G. M. (2006). Community based occupational therapy for patients with dementia and their care givers: Randomized controlled trial.  British Medical Journal, 10, 1-6.

Institute of Medicine (2008). Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Healthcare Workforce.

O’Sullivan, A. (2007) AOTA’s Statement on Family Caregivers.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, p.710

Richards, K. C., Enderlin, C. A., Beck, C., McSweeney, J. C., Jones, T. C., &  Roberson, P. K. (2007). Tailored biobehavioral interventions: A literature review and synthesis. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal, 21(4), 271-285.

Volicer and Hurley (2003).  Management of behavioral symptoms in progressive degenerative dementias. Journal of Gerontology:Medical Sciences, 58A, 837-845.

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.