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Goals

The study's short-term goals are to recruit 1,046 participants and 48 schools, to randomize the participants and schools into either the Experience Corps or control condition and to conduct baseline and follow-up evaluations across a 24-month period to assess program effectiveness on the older adults, children and schools.

The longer-term goals are to continue to follow the volunteers and children to determine the downstream effects of the program and to explore ways to ensure continued expansion and sustainability. 

Progress To Date

  • We can recruit and retain a large cohort of older adult volunteers to the Experience Corps program.
  • The volunteers accept the need for randomization to determine the effectiveness of the Experience Corps program.
  • The program is perceived as attractive to older adults and as a positive experience by participants, including principals, teachers and children.

(Funding support for the Baltimore Experience Corps study is provided by the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, under contract P30-AG02133.)

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In the News

Dr.  Bandeen-Roche and colleagues found that 15% of older Americans are frail, and 45% are prefrail, in a large nationally representative study.

Dr. Frank Lin was awarded an NIH grant to develop and implement a community health worker model for providing hearing care to older adults.

Dr. Roth and colleagues showed that providing care to a family member with a chronic illness or disability may be associated with modest survival benefit for the caregivers in the REGARDS study.

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