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Disease & Related Disorders Association, Inc.
Alan Dienstag, PsyD and Mary Mittelman, DrPH
AThe Psychology of Mild Cognitive Impairment@
This project seeks to understand the psychological implications for
individuals identified as having mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a
condition that occupies the gray area between normal cognitive function
and dementia. It will also test the utility of support groups for individuals
American Federation for Aging Research, Inc. (AFAR)
AMedical Student Geriatric Scholars Program@
This program provides a variety of experiences in geriatrics to selected
medical students in the New York metropolitan area, encouraging them
to consider careers in academic geriatrics. This is a national program
sponsored by the Hartford Foundation and the Samuels Foundation provides
support specifically for the medical students in the New York area.
American Federation for Aging Research, Inc. (AFAR)
Support for fall luncheon, AThe Productive Aging Forum@
grant provided partial support for the November 2, 1999, luncheon conference,
AThe Productive Aging Forum,@ that explored how health care research
can promote productive aging.
Center for Growing and Becoming
William H. Thomas, MD
AThe Green House: Reinventing the Long-Term Care Environment for the
This is an initial planning grant to support early efforts to develop
The Green House, an alternative to the traditional nursing home model.
The Green House is envisioned to be:
on a human scale: small and nurturing
advanced to further quality, safety and economy of operations
into the surrounding community
Coalition of Institutionalized Aged and Disabled, Inc. (CIAD)
AAssessing Resident Quality of Life: Completion of a Training Video
for Nursing Homes@
This grant funds the completion of two training videos to teach nursing
home (NH) personnel how to interview residents and run focus groups.
Previous work by CIAD showed that focus groups and structured interviews
are very effective ways of obtaining information about quality of life
concerns from the NH residents.
Cornell University - Weill Medical College
Martha E. Bruce, PhD, MPH
APsychotherapy Intervention for Suicide Risk in Home Care@
This study investigates the effectiveness of a psychosocial intervention
to reduce thoughts about suicide and lesson the risk of suicide in elderly
home care patients.
Cornell University - Weill Medical College
Joseph J. Fins, MD, FACP
AFrom Contract to Covenant, Part II@
This grant supports the second phase of a project that explores how
patients and their proxies regard the proxy relationship: whether as
a contractual or covenantal one. The ultimate goal is to help physicians
better understand the implication of these differing views of agency
so that they may help agents navigate the process of making difficult
health care decisions for someone else.
Grantmakers in Aging
AGIA Year 2000 Annual Meeting@
GIA, an educational nonprofit membership organization for staff and
trustees of foundations and corporations, is the only national professional
organization of grantmakers active in the field of aging. The conference,
which focused on creating elder friendly communities, was held in New
York City in October 2000.
Grantmakers in Health (GIH)
Catherine E. McDermott
GIH supports the work of staff and trustees of foundations and corporate
giving programs in the health field. They work to generate knowledge
and communicate information about health issues and grantmaking strategies
to help foundations anticipate changes in the nation=s health and health
policies and respond to those changes.
Health Research Inc. - State University of New York
AMeeting the Health Care Needs of Nursing Home Residents:
A Study of the Education and Credentialing of Nursing Home Administrators@
This study explores the training and credentialing process for individuals
who are, or are studying to become, licensed nursing home administrators
(LNHA). The objectives of the study are to: describe the current training;
assess the extent to which the current educational requirements are
appropriate; identify gaps in the curricula, examine LNHA turnover in
New York; and identify the steps that the industry and government might
take to assure adequate supply of appropriately trained LNHAs.
Institute for Applied Gerontology, Inc.
Corinne M. Kay Kyriacou, PhD
AAn Evaluation of Elderplan=s Time Dollar Model@
This project is a systematic evaluation of the Metropolitan Jewish Health
System=s Social HMO=s Member to Member Time Dollar Program. This twelve-year-old
program creates a framework in which people offer informal services
to others in the community and bank these Adonations@ over time allowing
the donor to become the receiver, if needed. Participants provide care
to their peers while simultaneously building trust that compassionate
care will be received.
Medicare Rights Center, Inc.
AMedicare Information Library Outreach@
This grant is designed to bring information about Medicare to New York
Cities elderly using the public library system as the vehicle for dissemination.
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Lorraine Mion, PhD RN, Rosanne Leipzig, MD PhD
AGeriatric Education and Research Fund Award@
This grant supports a fund out of which small grants, not to exceed
$5000, are made to geriatric fellows and other doctoral students to
support their initial research efforts in the field of aging.
New York Academy of Medicine
Alan R. Fleischman, MD
Continuation grant for the AUrban Health Initiative (UHI)@
UHI fosters volunteerism and helps organize community service activities
for medical school students at the regions ten medical schools.
For the past seven years UHI has provided technical assistance and support
to students to develop volunteer community service projects; promoted
networking among the students and the schools, equipped students with
the skills and knowledge helpful to serving minority and marginalized
populations and worked to institutionalize community service and volunteerism
into the fabric of regional medical schools.
New York University
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN
Pilot Work on Elder Neglect Study@
This project will test the feasibility of methods and to collect pilot
data to validate the reliability of tools that will be used to study
the determinates of neglect within the context of the relationship between
the elder and his or her caregiver.
New York University School of Medicine
Mary Mittelman, DrPH
AEnhancing the Quality of Life of Patients with Alzheimer=s Disease
and their Adult Children Caregivers@
This project intends to develop and test a psychological intervention
to enhance the well being of individuals with moderate level dementia
still living at home by improving the quality of visits made to them
by their adult children.
Partnership for Caring
Karen Orloff Kaplan, MPH, ScD
ANew Activities and Additional Effort for Choice in Dying's Coordinating
Center for Healthcare Agency and Palliative Care Initiatives"
In 1998 the Foundation initiated a new method of selection and management
of grants with an award to Choice in Dying (which has since changed
its name to Partnership for Caring or PFC) to operate a Coordinating
Center for a program initiative to strengthen the process of health
care agency (HCA1). This request is for funding adds several new activities
to those originally projected (including the development of a second
program initiative in palliative care for those with severe chronic
illness, an interventional symposium, begin a 2nd cycle of funding in
the original topic area (HCA2), etc).
Picker Institute, Inc.
Virginia Casey, PhD, MPH
AMeasuring the Quality of End of Life Care
Producing the Video Component of the Toolkit Instruments@
This grant will support the production of an educational video tape
as part of the Toolkit project: Development of a Toolkit of Instruments
to Measure the Quality of End of Life Care (TIME). The goal of the Toolkit
project is to help long term institutions improve the quality of end
of life care by incorporating the dying persons and family perspective
into their care. The Picker Institute and the Center for Survey Research
at the University of Massachusetts are collaborating on this effort.
Regents of the University of California
Kenneth E. Rosenfeld, MD
AWit Educational Initiative@
This project builds an educational program specifically for medical
students and housestaff around local performances of Margaret Edsons
2000 Pulitzer Prize winning the play Wit. The goal is to use theater
to sensitize medical students to the experiences of dying patients
in order to improve the care they provide to their patients.
Research Foundation of City University of New York
Roberta K. Graziano, DSW
ADeveloping a Social Work Program to Better Serve the Health Needs of
The Foundation previously funded the development of an MSW curriculum
with specific content in aging and geriatric health. This grant supports
the implementation and evaluation of this work-study curriculum. It
has been designed to enable employees of community agencies serving
the elderly in New York City to attain an MSW Degree with a specific
course of study entitled Aging in Health, while continuing
Research Foundation of State University of New York
Daniel R. Tobin, MD and Ronald W. Toseland, PhD
AAn Evaluation of Advanced Illness Care Coordination Program (AICCP)@
This project will evaluate AICCP, an innovative approach to caring for
people with advanced illness. The AICCP promotes peaceful dying by constructing
an environment that allows patients to have responsibility (to the extent
they wish) for their own dying process. This evaluation is part of a
larger research strategy on the effectiveness of the AICCP model; this
part will study the feasibility, process of care, and cost of care.
Vera Institute of Justice
Supplementary funding to complete the research for: AImproving the Health
of Families and the Recovery of Drug Addicts: An Evaluation of La Bodega
de la Familia.@
This program at La Bodega de la Familia is designed to rehabilitate
both substance abusers and their families through family case management
(FCM). The evaluation of this program tests the hypothesis that FCM
and its supplemental services mitigate the effects of substance abuse
on the family.
Mark Schlesinger, PhD
AAn Evaluation of the Replication and Dissemination of the Hospital
Elder Life Program (HELP)@
In 1999 the Foundation funded the development of a training package
for Yales HELP for the broad dissemination of HELP to other hospitals.
This project evaluates the effectiveness of the dissemination and replication
strategy for this program. HELP is an innovative model of hospital care
that demonstrated in a controlled clinical trial the effectiveness of
practical interventions (e.g. therapeutic activities, hearing aids,
provider education) to prevent delirium and functional decline in hospitalized
patients over 65. This project was co-funded with the Commonwealth Fund.