Elderly Care Research Center

Primary activities of the Center include research into diverse theory based on relevant public policy issues related to the elderly. A programmatic thrust at the Center has been the focus on health and mental health outcomes of stress, coping and adaptation.

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Kahana, E., King, C., Kahana, B., Menne, H., Webster, N., Dan, A., Kercher, K., Bohne, A., & Lechner, C. (2004). Successful aging in the face of chronic disease.  In M. Wykle, P. Whitehouse, & D. Morris (Eds.), Successful Aging Through the Life Span: Intergenerational Issues in Health (pp. 101-126).  NY: Springer.



Kahana, B., Dan, A., Kahana, E., & Kercher, K. (2004).  The personal and social context of planning for end-of-life care.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 52: 1163-1167. 



Kahana, E., Dan, A., Kahana, B., Kercher, K., Seckin, G., & Stange, K.  (2004).  Changing health care experiences and perspectives of older adults: Comparison of HMO and fee-for-service enrollees. Research in Sociology of Health Care, 22: 65-80. 



Kahana, E. (2004).  Reflections of a Child Survivor of the Holocaust.  In Z. Harel (Ed.), Personal Testimonies of Child Survivors of the Holocaust, (pp. 79-85).  Cleveland, OH:  Jewish Federation of Cleveland.










Kahana, B., Harel, Z., & Kahana, E. (2005).  Survivors of the Holocaust: Aging and Adaptation.  New York:  Kluwer/Springer Press.



Kahana, B., Kahana, E., Lovegreen, L., & Schumacher, J.  (2005). The influence of depressive symptoms among older patients on patient-physician relationship: Implications for health communication.  In S. RubinellI & J. Haes (Eds.), Proceedings of Tailoring Health Messages Conference (pp. 25-30).  Lugano, Switzerland: Health Care Communication Laboratory.



Kahana, E., Kahana, B., King, C., Meehan, R., Lovegreen, L., & Brown, J. (2005). The role of health communication in contributing to health disparities in cancer prevention and screening.  In S. RubinellI & J. Haes (Eds.), Proceedings of Tailoring Health Messages Conference (pp. 135-142).  Lugano, Switzerland: Health Care Communication Laboratory.



Settersten, R., & Kahana, E. (2005).  Gerontology at Case Western Reserve University: A history of pioneering scholarship.  Contemporary Gerontology, 11(4): 149-153.



Kahana, E., (2005).  Institutionalization.  In G. Maddox (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Aging.  New York: Springer.



Kahana, E., (2005).  Loss.  In G. Maddox (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Aging.  New York: Springer.



Kahana, E., Kahana, B., & Zhang, J.  (2005).  Motivational antecedents of preventive proactivity in late life:  Linking future orientation and exercise.  Journal of Motivation & Emotion Special Issue: The Psychology of Future-Oriented Thinking, 29(4): 438-459.










Kelley-Moore, J., Schumacher, J., Kahana, E., & Kahana, B.  (2006).  When do older adults become “disabled”?  Acquiring a disability identity in the process of health decline.  Journal of Health & Social Behavior, 47: 126-141.



Kahana, B., Kahana, E., Lovegreen, L., & Seckin, G.  (2006).  Compensatory use of computers by disabled older adults.  In K. Meisenberger et al. (Eds.), ICCHP 2006, Contributions in Computer Science, (pp. 766-769).  Berlin-Heidelberg:  Springer-Verlag.



Kahana, E.  (2006).  Dreams of hot toast and smiling nurses.  Research in the Sociology of Health Care, Vol. 24:  Access, Quality and Satisfaction with Care: Concerns of Patients, Providers and Insurers, 109-133.



Sterns, S., & Kahana, E.  (2006).  Institutional constraints on residents in long-term care facilities for the elderly.  Research in the Sociology of Health Care, Vol. 24:  Access, Quality and Satisfaction with Care: Concerns of Patients, Providers and Insurers, 135-154.



Berger, N., Savvides, P., Koroukian, S., Kahana, E., Deimling, G., Rose, J., Bowman, K., & Miller, R.  (2006). Cancer in the Elderly. Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association, 117: 147-156.



Boswell, G., Kahana, E., Dilworth-Anderson, P. (2006).  Spirituality and healthy lifestyle behaviors:  Stress counter-balancing effects on the well-being of older adults.  Journal of Religion and Health, 45(4): 587-602.










Midlarsky, L. & Kahana, E. (2007).  Altruism, well-being and mental health in late life.  In S. Post (Ed.), Altruism and Health: Perspectives from Empirical Research I (pp. 81-103)New York: Oxford University Press. 



Kahana, B., Kahana, E., Harel, Z, King, C., & Seckin, G.  (2007).  A multi dimensional view of late life adaptation of trauma survivors: Focus on aged survivors of the Holocaust. Gerontology: Journal of the Israel Gerontological Society, 19-34.



Kahana, E., & Kahana, B.  (2007).  Health Care Partnership Model of doctor-patient communication in cancer prevention and care among the aged.  In D O’Hair, G. Kreps, & L. Sparks (Eds.), Handbook of Communication and Cancer Care, (pp. 37-54).  New York:  Hampton Press.



Brooks, J., Kahana, E., Nauta, A., & Kahana B.  (2007).  Exploring health disparities affected by stressful life events:  Are older African Americans at greater risk?  Sociation Today, 5(1).

Available at http://www.ncsociology.org/sociationtoday/v51/brooks.htm. 



Kahana, E., Seckin, G., Lovegreen, L., Kahana, B., Cheruvu, V., Brown, J., King, C., Kelley-Moore, J.  (2007). Enhancing signal strength in later life through technology.  In Tarasti, E., Forsell, P., & Littlefield, R. (Eds.) Communication:  Understanding/Misunderstanding, Acta Semiotica Fennica XXXIV, 2: 665-675  Helsinki-Imatra, Finland:  International Semiotics Institute.






Kahana, B., Deimling, G., Sterns, S., & Kahana, E.  (2008).  Physical impairment and psychological transformation among elderly cancer survivors.  In Proceedings of 16th European Congress of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Bruges, Belgium (pp. 233-234).  Turin, Italy: Edizioni Minerva Medica.



Kahana, E. (April 11, 2008). Dual meanings of collective memory: Survivors’ and academics’ perspectives on genocide. Harvard International Review. Available at: http://www.harvardir.org.



Kahana, E., Kahana, B., & Hammel, R.  (2008).  Stress in Later Life.  In D. Carr (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development, 3: 396-408.  Detroit, MI:  Macmillan Reference USA.  NIHMSID: 96023



Kahana, B. & Kahana, E.  (2008).  Mental Health Later Life .  In D. Carr (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development, 3: 251-262. Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA. NIHMSID: 96025










Kahana, E., Kahana, B., & Wykle, M. & Kulle, D. (2009).  Marshaling Social Support: Active Roles in Care-Getting for Cancer Patients throughout the Life Course.  In D. Biegel and G. Singer, (Eds.), Journal of Family Social Work Special Issue, 12(2): 168-193.  Reprinted in D. Biegel and G. Singer, (Eds.). (2011). Social Support and Family Caregiving Across Disabilities.  New York:  Taylor & Francis.



Zhang J., Kahana B., Kahana E., Hu B., & Pozuelo L.  (2009).  Joint Modeling of Longitudinal Changes in Depressive Symptoms and Mortality in a Sample of Community-Dwelling Elderly People.   Psychosomatic Medicine, 71: 704-714.



Kahana, E., Kahana, B., Kelley-Moore, J., Adams, S., Hammel, R., Kulle, D., Brown, J., & King, C.  (2009).  Toward advocacy in cancer care among the old-old: Cautionary personal actions and bold advice to others.  Journal of American Geriatric Society, 57(12): S269-S271.










Kahana, E., Kahana, B., & Wykle, M.  (2010). “Care-Getting”: A conceptual model of marshalling support near the end of life.  Current Aging Science, 3: 71-78.



Kahana, E., & Kahana, B.  (2010).   Stress and agentic aging: A Targeted Cancer Adaptation Model.  In Dannefer, D. & Phillipson, C.  (Eds.), Handbook of Social Gerontology (p. 280-293).  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.



Lovegreen, L., Kahana, E., & Kahana, B.  (2010).  Residential relocation of Amenity Migrants to Florida:  “Unpacking” post-amenity moves.  Journal of Aging and Health, 22(7): 1001-1028.



Kahana, E., Cheruvu, V., Kahana, B., Kelley-Moore, J., Sterns, S., Brown, J., King, Cathie, Kulle, D., Speck, J. & Stange, K.  (2010).  Patient Advocacy and Cancer Screening in Late Life.  Open Longevity Science Special Issue on Enhancing Disability-Free Life Expectancy Through Proactive Lifestyles 4: 20-29.



Kahana, E. (2010).  What the Aged Can Teach Us About the Final Years of Life.  Inaugural Keynote Lecture, NIH End of Life Palliative Care SIG October 21, 2010, Bethesda, Maryland.  Palliative Care Interest Group Lecture Archives.  Available at http://sigs.nih.gov/EOLPC/Pages/Lecture%20Archives.aspx.










Kahana, B.,  Kahana, E., Sterns, S., & Deimling, G. (2011).  Determinants of Altered Life Perspectives Among Older Long-term Cancer Survivors. Cancer Nursing, 34(3): 209-218.



Kahana, E., Kahana, B., & Kelley-Moore, J., & Brown, J. (2011). Social Dimensions of Late Life Disability. In M. Wykle & S. Gueldner (Eds),  Aging Well:  Gerontological Education for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals (pp. 457-468).  Sudbury, MA:  Jones & Bartlett Publishing.



Sterns, S., Allen, S., Miller, S.C., & Kahana, E. (2011).  The Effect of Anticipatory Socialization on Morale in Newly Institutionalized LTC Residents.  In M. Wykle and S. Gueldner (Eds.), Aging Well:  Gerontological Education for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals (pp. 313-330).  Sudbury, MA:  Jones & Bartlett Publishing.



Kahana, E., Lovegreen, L. D., & Kahana, B.  (2011). Long Term Care: Tradition and Innovation. In R. Settersten & J. Angel (Eds.) Handbook of Sociology of Aging (pp. 583-602). New York: Springer.



Kahana, E., Kahana, B., Pfaff, H., Lovegreen, L., Cronin, C.  (2011).  The proactive aged:  New players in the Web World.  Proceedings of Web Science 2011 Conference, Koblenz, Germany.

Available at http://www.websci11.org/program/



Kahana, E., Kahana, B., Lovegreen, L. Kahana, J., Brown, J., & Kulle, D. (2011).  Health Care Consumerism and Access to Health Care: Educating Elders to Improve both Preventive and End of Life Care. Research in the Sociology of Health Care, 29: 173-193.



Saw J.,  Kulle D., Kahana B., Kahana E. (2011). Patients' Perspective on Communication: Elderly Cancer Survivors' Experiences with their Doctors. Discussions (Student Publication) 7(2): 4-11.










Kahana, E., Kelley-Moore, J., & Kahana, B.  (2012). Proactive adaptations and successful aging: a longitudinal study of stress exposure and quality of life.  Aging and Mental Health, 16(4): 1-14.


Kahana, J., Lovegreen, L., & Kahana, E.  (2012). Expanding the time frame for advance care planning:  Policy considerations and implications for research. Geriatrics, 179-194.


Choi, M., Adams, K., & Kahana, E. (2012).The impact of transportation support on decision making about driving cessation among community-dwelling older adults.  The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 392-400 . doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbs035.



Kahana, E., & Kahana, B.(2012). Interventions to Promote Successful Aging.




P. Martin, N. Kelly, E. Kahana, B. Kahana & L. Poon (2012). Definitions of Successful Aging.




Kahana, E., (2012). Rethinking the scope of advance care planning for older adults. Editorial. Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics  Research , http/ /dx.doi.org/10.4172/4167-7182.1000e112









Kahana, E., Bhatta, T., Lovegreen, L.D., Kahana, B., & Midlarsky, E. (2013)  Altruism, helping, and volunteering: Pathways to well-being in late life, Journal of Aging and Health, 35(1): 159-187.


Luciano, J.S., Cumming, G.P., Wilkinson, M.D., & Kahana, E. (2013). The emergent discipline of health web science: Scope and objectives, Journal of Medical Internet Research, 15 (8): 166-173.







Martin, P., Kelly N., Kahana B., Kahana, E., & Poon, l. (2014). Defining Successful Aging: A Tangible or Elusive Concept. The Gerontologist 00(00): 1-12.



Kahana E, Kahana B. (2014). Baby Boomers’ Expectations of Health and Medicine. Virtual Mentor 16(5): 380-384.


Kahana, E.; Kahana, B.; Lee, J. Proactive approaches to successful aging: one clear path through the forest. Gerontology: Viewpoint








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