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Contact: Jeanne Hoban, 216.373.1686,

Spetember 13, 2018

Carol J. Whitlatch, PhD, Senior Research Scientist and Assistant Director of the Center for Research and Education at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the M. Powell Lawton Award by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging.

According to GSA, the M. Powell Lawton Award "recognizes a significant contribution in gerontology that has led to an innovation in gerontological treatment, practice or service, prevention, amelioration of symptoms or barriers, or a public policy change that has led to some practical application that improves the lives of older persons." It is named in memory of M. Powell Lawton, PhD, a renowned gerontologist with the Polisher Research Institute, which sponsors the award.

The award will be presented at GSA's 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, held from November 14 to 18 in Boston, Mass.

Much of Dr. Whitlatch's research has focused on dementia care and caregiving, specifically the experience and perspective of people with dementia, as well as improving relationships between individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Her studies related to care preferences and values of individuals diagnosed with early stage dementia led to the development of a recognized evidence-based program, SHARE for Dementia (Support, Health, Activities, Resources and Education). She was a participant in last year's National Research Summit on Dementia Care, helping to shape national research priorities, and is a frequent presenter at national international conferences on aging.

Dr. Whitlatch has published extensively, authoring dozens of journal articles, books, and book chapters. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve and a GSA Fellow, the Society's highest category of membership. She earned her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.

About Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging: Founded in 1908, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging ( is a Cleveland-based nonprofit whose mission is to advance support for older adults and caregivers. Our work is accomplished by deepening the understanding of their evolving needs in a changing society; developing and delivering innovative, high-quality solutions; and promoting effective public policies.