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Andrew Scharlach

Eugene and Rose Kleiner Professor of Aging

ANDREW SCHARLACH is the Eugene and Rose Kleiner Professor of Aging at the School of Social Welfare. He also directs the Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services.

Dr. Scharlach’s research examines innovative social and community supports designed to promote healthy aging. His current multi-year program of research examines emerging initiatives for helping communities to become more aging-friendly. Dr. Scharlach’s other research interests include aging policies, programs and services; social support; family caregiving; work/family issues; death, dying and bereavement; as well as gerontological social work education.

Dr. Scharlach has published nearly 100 articles and is the author of five books: Creating Aging-Friendly Communities (with A. Lehning), Healthy Aging in Sociocultural Context (with K. Hoshino), Elder Care and the Work Force: Blueprint for Action (with B. Lowe and E. Schneider), Controversial Issues in Aging (with L. Kaye) and Families and Work: New Directions in the Twenty-First Century (with K. Fredriksen-Goldsen).

Research/Expertise

  • Aging Policies, Programs and Services
  • Aging-Friendly Communities
  • Family Caregiving
  • Work/Family Issues
  • Death, Dying and Bereavement
  • Gerontological Social Work Education

In the News

Expanded Publications

Scharlach, A. E., Lehning, A. J., Davitt, J. K., Greenfield, E. A., & Graham, C. L. (2017). Organizational characteristics associated with the predicted sustainability of Villages. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 0733464817690676.

 

Graham, C., Scharlach, A. E., & Kurtovich, E. (2016). Do Villages promote aging in place? Results of a longitudinal study. Journal of Applied Gerontology, doi: 10.1177/0733464816672046.

 

Greenfield, E. A., Scharlach, A. E., & Davitt, J. K. (2016). Organizational characteristics and volunteering in age-friendly supportive service initiatives. Nonprofit & Voluntary Services Quarterly, 45, 931–948 doi: 10.1177/0899764015621620.

 

Lehning, A., Scharlach A., & Davitt J. (2015). Variations on the Village model: An emerging typology of a consumer-driven community-based initiative for older adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Published online May 2015, doi: 0733464815584667.

Lehning, A., Scharlach A., Price Wolf J., Davitt J., & Wiseman H. (2015). Perceived challenges to the sustainability of community-based aging initiatives: Findings from a national study of Villages. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 58, 684-702.

 

Scharlach, A. E. (2015). Social work with older adults in the United States. Arbor: Ciencia, Pensamiento y Cultura, 191-771 (a207), 1-16.

 

Scharlach, A.E., Graham, C. L., & Berridge, C. (2015). An integrated model of co-ordinated community-based care. The Gerontologist, 55(4), 677–687.

 

Greenfield, E.A., Oberlink, M., Scharlach, A.E., Neal, M. B., & Stafford, P.B. (2015). Age-friendly community initiatives: Conceptual issues and key questions. The Gerontologist, 55, 191-8. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv005

 

Scharlach, A.E. (2015). Estimating the value of volunteer-assisted community-based aging services: A case example. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 34:1, 46-65. doi: 10.1080/01621424.2014.999902

 

Satariano, W.A., Scharlach, A.E., & Lindeman, D. (2014). Aging, place, and technology: Toward improving access and wellness in older populations. Journal of Aging and Health, 26(8), 1373–1389.

 

Graham, C. L., Scharlach, A. E., & Price Wolf, J. (2014). The impact of the “Village” model on health, well-being, service access, and social engagement of older adults. Health Education & Behavior, 41(1 suppl), 91S-97S. doi:10.1177/1090198114532290

 

Scharlach, A.E., Davitt, J.K., Lehning, A.J., Greenfield, E. A., & Graham, C.L. (2014). Does the Village model help to foster age-friendly communities? Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 26, 181-196. doi: 10.1080/08959420.2014.854664 [Reprinted in: K. Fitzgerald  & F. Caro (eds.), International Perspectives on Age-Friendly Cities. New York: Routledge.]

 

Greenfield, E. A., Scharlach, A. E., Lehning, A. J., Davitt, J. K., & Graham, C. L. (2013). A tale of two community initiatives for promoting aging in place: Similarities and differences in the national implementation of NORC programs and Villages. The Gerontologist, 53, 928-938. doi:10.1093/geront/gnt035

 

Scharlach, A., & Lehning, A. (2013). Aging-friendly communities and social inclusion in the United States. Ageing and Society, 33, 110-136.

 

Lehning, A. J., Scharlach, A. E., & Wolf, J. P. (2012). An emerging typology of community aging initiatives. Journal of Community Practice, 20, 293-316.

 

Greenfield, E., Scharlach, A., Lehning, A., & Davitt, J. (2012). A conceptual framework for examining the promise of the NORC Program and Village models to promote aging in place. Journal of Aging Studies, 26, 273-284.

 

Scharlach, A. (2012). Creating aging-friendly communities in the United States. Ageing International, 37, 25-38.

 

Scharlach, A., Graham, C., & Lehning, A. (2012). The "village" model: A consumer-driven approach for aging in place. The Gerontologist, 52, 418-427.

 

Scharlach, A. (2012). Creating aging-friendly communities in the United States. Ageing International, 37, 25-38. doi:10.1007/s12126-011-9140-1. (Published online November 29, 2011).

Scharlach, A. E., (2017). Aging in context: Individual and environmental pathways to aging-friendly communities. The 2015 Matthew A. Pollack Award lecture. The Gerontologist.

 

Greenfield, E., Scharlach, A., Lehning, A., & Davitt, J. (2012). A conceptual framework for examining the promise of the NORC Program and Village models to promote aging in place. Journal of Aging Studies, 26. doi: 10.1016/j.jaging.2012.01.003. (Published online March 12, 2012).

Scharlach, A., & Sanchez, E. (2011). From interviewers to friendly visitors: Bridging research and practice to meet the needs of low-income Latino seniors. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54, 73-91.

Scharlach, A., Graham, C., & Lehning, A. (2011). The "village" model: A consumer-driven approach for aging in place. The Gerontologist; doi: 10.1093/geront/gnr083 (Published online August 25, 2011).

Scharlach, A., Graham, C., & Lehning, A. (2011). The "village" model: A consumer-driven approach for aging in place. The Gerontologist; doi: 10.1093/geront/gnr083 (Published online August 25, 2011).

Chow, J. C., Auh, E. Y., Scharlach, A., Lehning, A., & Goldstein, C. (2010). Types and sources of support received by family caregivers of older adults from diverse racial and ethnic groups. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 19, 175-194.

Scharlach, A. (2008). Historical overview: Lessons from the past, challenges for the future in family caregiving. Journal of Social Work Education, 44 (3), 17-26. (Reprinted in American Journal of Nursing, 108(9), 16-22.)

Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I., & Scharlach, A.E. (2000). Families and work: New directions in the twenty-first century. New York: Oxford University Press.

Scharlach, A.E., Damron-Rodriguez, J., Robinson, B., & Feldman, R. (2000). "Educating social workers for an aging society: A vision for the twenty-first century." Journal of Social Work Education.

 

Scharlach, A.E. & Kaye, L.W. (Eds.), (1997). Controversial Issues In Aging, Allyn & Bacon.

Scharlach, A., Lowe, B. & Schneider, E. (1990). Elder Care and The Work Force: Blueprint For Action, Lexington Books.

Scharlach, A., & Lehning, A. (2015). Creating aging-friendly communities. New York: Oxford University Press.

 

Scharlach, A., & Hoshino, K. (Eds.). (2012). Healthy aging in sociocultural context. New York: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis.