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The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging:
The First 100 Years

The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2008. To commemorate our centennial, we commissioned a history book by Cleveland writer Eileen Beal. The 120-page volume provides a thorough — and exceptionally readable — examination of the Institute’s impact on the field of aging and its adaptation to changing needs among the older adult population. The book also includes a brief biography of Benjamin Rose, the man.

The Benjamin Rose Institute: The First 100 Years is available at no charge (though we do request donations to offset the cost of printing and postage).

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Excerpt from The Benjamin Rose Institute: The First 100 Years
The Seed for Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

According to an interview with an unnamed associate of Mr. Rose, it was during the Panic of 1893, a five-year-long depression that bankrupted more than 15,000 companies, that Benjamin Rose began to think about creating some kind of endowment to care for older adults. In the interview following Mr. Rose's death, the associate said:

“Ten years ago [i.e., 1898] Mr. Rose had occasion to aid an aged couple whom, he discovered, had been friends of his many years before. They had been in pleasant circumstances, but reverses had come and they were left in their old age without any means of support.

“This started his idea of an endowment for the relief and assistance of respectable and deserving needy, aged people like his friends... He often said to me, ‘The most unfortunate, disconsolate person in the world is one who has had advantages and comforts, but who has been brought by force of circumstances to rely upon charity or perhaps some distant relative.’

“...He was the most modest man I ever knew...Often I asked him why he did not begin the operation of his institute during his life. His invariable answer was, ‘I don't care for fame while I live.’” *

* The Cleveland News article dated 1908 is quoted in an undated internal document (circa 1960s): “For employees of Benjamin Rose Institute. Background information about Benjamin Rose & The Benjamin Rose Institute.”