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SHARE For Dementia is an evidence-based care-planning program that provides professionals with the tools they need to help families facing an early-stage dementia diagnosis.

Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging provides licensing, training and technical support to organizations offering SHARE. SHARE provides organizations with tools to help their clients in the early stages of dementia voice their preferences for care, and facilitate communication with loved ones.

The goals of SHARE are to:

  • Support care partners and help them communicate effectively and plan for the future
  • Promote Health and well-being, and decrease stress 
  • Encourage participation in fulfilling  Activities
  • Learn about available Resources that reflect care partners’ values and preferences
  • Provide Education about dementia and how to manage changes that lie ahead

PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE THROUGH RIGOROUS RESEARCH!

Outcomes include:

  • High program satisfaction
  • Improved communication
  • Increased use of services
  • Development of a care plan for the future

 

SHARE counselors receive a comprehensive toolkit to help them guide families through the 5-session program (plus optional family session).

The SHARE Toolkit enables professionals to deliver the SHARE Program. The toolkit includes:

  • SHARE Program Manual
  • SHARE Counselor Certified Online Training Course
  • SHARE Guide for Families
  • SHARE Counselor’s Guide
  • SHARE app for iPad*
  • SHARE Magnet Boards and Magnetic Tiles

*iPad not provided

Each SHARE session is designed to engage both the person living with early-stage dementia and their care partner in discussions about symptoms, communication, care values and preferences, healthy activities and planning for the future.

SHARE Resources:

Read about SHARE on the pre-approved list of evidence-based programs available on the National Council on Aging (NCOA) website.

Search for Journal Publications and Research Studies about SHARE for Dementia on our Publications and Research Projects pages.

 

"There are some very powerful conversations during
the SHARE sessions. Each person has permission
to care for themselves, and the person who has 
dementia is confident that their care partner will 
make good decisions down the road."

~ SHARE Counselor

Leadership

Leadership

Carol J. Whitatch, PhD, FGSA

Assistant Director of the Center for Research and Education

Carol J. Whitlatch, Ph.D., FGSA is the Assistant Director of the Center for Research and Education at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. F...

Carol J. Whitlatch, Ph.D., FGSA is the Assistant Director of the Center for Research and Education at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. For nearly 35 years, she has served as Principal or Investigator on nearly 20 research projects focusing on a variety of topics related to family caregiving, including: developing and evaluating evidence-based interventions, choice and decision making in diverse family care dyads and topics related to early-stage dementia. She is one of the original developers of the evidence-based program, SHARE for Dementia (Support, Health, Activities, Resources, and Education) which is in use in the U.S. as well as internationally.

Dr. Whitlatch received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree in Gerontology at the University of Southern California and Doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University. In 1994, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Psychology at U.C. San Francisco. In total, she has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and co-authored a book about family caregiving in dementia care. In 2018, Dr. Whitlatch received the M. Powell Lawton award for excellence in applied gerontological research from the Gerontological Society of America. She is also the recipient of the 2019 Ohio Researcher of the Year award from the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education. Dr. Whitlatch is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University.

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Silvia Orsulic-Jeras

Senior Research Analyst, SHARE Program Manager

Silvia Orsulic-Jeras is a Senior Research Analyst and the SHARE Program Manager in the Center for Research and Education at Benjamin Rose...

Silvia Orsulic-Jeras is a Senior Research Analyst and the SHARE Program Manager in the Center for Research and Education at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. Orsulic-Jeras has over 20 years of experience in the development, testing, implementation and translation of a variety of psychosocial interventions for individuals living with dementia and their family caregivers, as well as those managing multiple chronic health conditions. Her experiences working with individuals living with dementia in an applied research setting have contributed to her focus on the development and testing of psychosocial interventions for individuals living with dementia and their family caregivers.

Her training in counseling and strength-based methods makes her uniquely qualified in her work with individuals in the early, moderate and advanced stages of dementia with special training focused on intervention development and activities programming in both individual and group forums. In addition, Orsulic-Jeras has extensive experience in product development and commercialization of evidence-based programs.

Orsulic-Jeras earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cleveland State University, and a Master of Arts in Community Counseling with a special emphasis on counseling techniques for the aging population from John Carroll University. Prior to joining Benjamin Rose in 2007, Orsulic-Jeras was a Research Associate at the Myers Research Institute of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood, Ohio.

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