The Gerontology Institute has recently been awarded a $900,000 research grant from the National Institute on Aging to study social relationships among residents in assisted living (AL) facilities. These relationships have profound effects on physical and mental well-being throughout the life course and into later life. They influence life satisfaction, one’s sense of self-worth, and quality of life, particularly in long term care settings.
Mary Ball, Ph.D, the principal investigator, along with a seasoned research team will begin the project in June. The specific aims of the study are:
1. To learn how residents experience relationship with other residents in the assisted living setting.
The findings from this study will form the basis of an intervention that will enhance these relationships and ultimately residents’ quality of life.