A study led by center director Jennifer Wolff and co-authors Danny Scerpella, Kimberly Cockey, Naaz Hussain, Tara Funkhouser, Diane Echavarria, Jennifer Aufill, Amy Guo, Danetta Sloan, Sydney Dy, Kelly Smith, and SHARING Choices Investigators in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care found that SHARING Choices, an advance care planning intervention, was acceptable among older adults with and without cognitive impairment and may increase advance directive completion. The study engaged family in advance care planning of older adults with and without cognitive impairment in the primary care context. Patients remarked that SHARING Choices clarified communication and preferences while family reported a better understanding of their role in advance care planning and communication. SHARING Choices is now being tested in a pragmatic trial at 55 primary care clinics in the Baltimore-Washington area. Read more.
Study by Sarah Szanton, Qian-Li Xue, Bruce Leff; Jack Guralnik, Jennifer Wolff, Ibby Tanner, Cynthia Boyd, Roland Thorpe, David Bishai and Laura Gitlin demonstrates that CAPABLE, a home based intervention reduced disability by 30% compared to a control group also receiving home visits. This work was recently awarded a $3 million grant from the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation to scale the CAPABLE program beyond the 26 places in 12 States it is already operating. ...Read More