Resident to Resident Elder Mistreatment

Worksite Location
CCE Monroe County
Project Dates
End of May - mid August
Faculty Sponsor
Karl Pillemer
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Leslie Schultz
Stipend Amount
$4,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

The RREM is a cluster randomized trial to evaluate an innovative staff intervention targeting resident-to-resident elder mistreatment (R-REM) in 6 intervention and 6 control assisted living residences (ALRs). Data will be collected at baseline, 6- and 12-months. We define R-REM as negative and aggressive physical, sexual, or verbal interactions between residents, that in a community setting would likely be construed as unwelcome and have high potential to cause physical and/or psychological distress. R-REM is a serious behavioral problem that has a negative impact on the quality-of-life and physical well-being of residents with and without Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias living in congregate settings. 

Roles and Responsibilities

Student intern responsibilities would include: 1. Week long RREM data collection training.  Training will occur either in NYC or in Rochester, NY. 2. The intern will be collecting baseline data in Assisted living communities. Data is collected using CAPI system. Data is collected from AL residents, AL direct care staff, and from records at the AL communities. Data collection is scheduled at the convenience of the respondent so could happen day, night or on weekends. Interns would be working 5 days/week. 3.  Regular contact and reporting to site supervisor and to the RREM research team at Cornell. 

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Gerontology minor candidates would be particularly suited to this internship. The student must have the ability and interest in working with Assisted Living (AL) community residents. Previous experience in AL or in nursing home care is desirable. Interns would also be interacting with AL direct care staff and would need to be simultaneously assertive and polite/respectful when interacting with staff.  AL staff are very busy so that finding staff for interviewing and data collection could be challenging.

Benefits and Skills

1. The student will learn how to collect data using a variety of means, including an electronic CAPI system, face-to-face interviewing, secondary data collection via institutional records, observation, and informant interviews. 2. The student will learn data collection management techniques and apply them to a complex data collection protocol. 3. The student will be a member of a research team and learn how to engage with other research team members in a collaborative manner.