Past Research Projects
Healthy Indicators Project (HIP)
Funded by The New York City Mayor’s Office and administered by The New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA), this project developed valid and reliable information for public policy makers and practitioners to help guide the design of programs to reduce disparities and improve the health and quality of life of older New Yorkers.
Enhancing Reporting of Medicare/Medicaid Fraud and Abuse in the Chinese-American Population
Among older Chinese-Americans, lack of English proficiency combined with recent and confusing changes in Medicare has led to an environment ripe for fraud and abuse. In partnership with Asian Americans for Equality, Brookdale developed materials to increase awareness of Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse within three Chinese American communities, two in New York City and one in New Jersey.
Evaluation of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Project STAR for Unpaid Family Caregivers of Frail Elders
Project STAR (Support, Training, Advocacy, and Respite), operated by Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, is an innovative support program developed to relieve the burden and stress caregivers experience on a regular basis. Researchers at Brookdale, in partnership with the Project STAR staff, evaluated physical and mental health status, use of services (e.g., group sessions and individual counseling), and satisfaction with support services of 74 caregivers participating in the program.
Tools to innovate and deliver cutting-edge services
Our toolkits and how-to manuals help organizations move beyond business as usual to develop new services that improve quality of life for their clients. We offer a toolkit to help senior centers implement programs proven to reduce the chronic health problems most likely to affect older adults. We publish a manual describing how community organizations can safely manage their clients’ daily finances – a service that protects vulnerable adults from financial exploitation and can make it possible for individuals to remain in the community.
Practical guidance for busy professionals
Human services professionals are constantly navigating complex situations while also managing large caseloads. Our concise desk guides and handbooks, distilled from related training sessions, are written specifically for busy caseworkers and other frontline service providers. A pocket guide to spotting and responding to signs of financial exploitation and an easy-to-use checklist of public benefits available to older adults are just two examples among many.