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  • How the quality of care in Ohio’s skilled nursing facilities compares

    Using National Data to Examine the Quality of Care in Ohio's Skilled Nursing Facilities StudyOXFORD, Ohio — A recent study on the quality of care provided to residents on Medicaid in Ohio’s nursing homes by researchers at Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center suggests room for improvement.

    Researchers examined a series of quality indicators in Ohio and compared them to similar statistics from states across the nation. On average, Ohio has fewer nursing home deficiencies identified through the state inspection process, ...

  • New online graduate certificate program to encourage innovative entrepreneurial solutions for rising aging challenges

    Miami's new Social Entrepreneurship & Aging (SEA) Graduate Certificate, beginning in Fall 2017, is set to explore a new set of challenges and market opportunities.

    The United States, like many countries in western Europe, Japan, and others, has begun to experience the impact of a rising aging population. According to the U.S. Census, the percentage of people aged 65 and older is expected to reach nearly ¼ of the U.S. population within the next few decades, and there will only be greater and more urgent demand for products and services that meet the needs of this aging society.

    The SEA Graduate Certificate program was created as a partnership between Miami's Department of Sociology and Gerontology and two of its nationally top-ranked centers: Scripps Gerontology Center and Institute for Entrepreneurship (Farmer School of Business)

  • Miami University's OMA receives national Alzheimer's legacy award

    Images of volunteers working with people through the OMA program.Opening Minds through Art (OMA), developed at Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center, has received a 2016 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Award in the Creative Expression category.

    The awards are aimed at stimulating innovation in the field of Alzheimer's disease caregiving by recognizing and rewarding those efforts which lead the way in addressing the needs of Alzheimer's caregivers.

  • Scripps Gerontology Center receives grant to improve Ohio's nursing homes

    l-r, Kimberly VanHaitsma, associate professor of nursing, Pennsylvania State University; Katherine Abbott, assistant professor of sociology & gerontology and research fellow, Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center; Jane Straker, director of research, Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center; Jerry Gannod, chair and professor of computer science, Tennessee Tech University.

    Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Ohio Department of Medicaid to improve nursing home residents’ quality of life.

    The project, “Incorporating the Preferences for Everyday Living into Ohio’s Nursing Homes to Improve Resident Care,” is intended to guide nursing home providers on the best way to deliver person-centered care by honoring their residents’ preferences for everyday living.

  • State grant to expand Miami's Opening Minds through Art program

    Elizabeth Opening Minds through Art (OMA) has been awarded a grant from the Ohio Department of Medicaid to expand its award-winning program in the state.

    The $717,852 grant from the Ohio Department of Medicaid allows nursing homes to apply for startup funding, and qualified nursing homes will receive up to $3,500 over a one-year period to cover initial training expenses and art supplies.

  • Miami's Scripps Gerontology Center Awarded $1.4 Million Grant

    Phyllis Cummins

    Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center is the recipient of a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The money will be used to research older learners and their ability to complete college programs.

    “Our research focus is community college students ages 40-64,” said Phyllis Cummins, senior research scholar at Scripps. “The age group is an important component of Ohio’s labor force and an under-studied group in terms of education and labor market outcomes.”

  • Ohio nursing homes have emergency plans, but are they complete?

    Researchers at Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center say nearly all of Ohio’s nursing homes have plans in place to respond to emergencies, but not enough facilities are coordinating efforts with hospitals, emergency responders and public health officials.Working with the Ohio Department of Aging, Health and Emergency Management to examine preparedness and planning in Ohio nursing homes, Scripps researchers surveyed all 962 facilities in the state. Of the 890 facility administrators who responded, all reported having plans for natural disasters, mechanical failures and evacuations.

    Working with the Ohio Department of Aging, Health and Emergency Management to examine preparedness and planning in Ohio nursing homes, Scripps researchers surveyed all 962 facilities in the state.


  • Over 90 Years of Research

    Our mission is to do work that makes a positive difference in the lives of older people, their families, and communities, and to meet the needs of aging societies. We accomplish this mission through research, education, and service.

  • Caregiver Respite - Research Spotlight

    Kathryn McGrew, Senior Research Scholar, and Jennifer Heston, Gerontology PhD student, describe a research project designed to find and evaluate strategies to support caregivers. The goal is to sustain care for older adults at home as long as possible and appropriate by supporting caregivers.

  • Shaping National Policy

    Marisa Scala-Foley, MGS '95, explains why Miami was her top choice for her masters in gerontology. Marisa is the Director for the Office of Policy Analysis & Development at the Administration for Community Living.

  • Building a Foundation for Your Career

    David Mancuso, MGS '99, explains why he recommends the MGS program. David is the Director of Development and Community Relations at LifeSpan.


  • Donors helped provide $9,641 for student professional development in 2015


  • In 2015 we generated $1,305,292 in external research funding.


  • Scripps managed a total of 41 grants in 2015


  • 2015 Annual Report

    We believe in measuring and reporting outcomes. Each year we strive to demonstrate how we met our mission in the preceding year in our annual report. View our annual report for more details.

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