Harry Stern Family Center for Innovations in Alzheimer's Care 

Harry Stern Family Center is a research and educational resource center supported by funding from a variety of sources including grants from government and foundations. Additional financial support provided by Polisher Research Institute at the Madyln and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life, and a generous endowment from the Harry Stern Family.


Mission of the Center

The Stern Center's mission is to develop programs, training materials, and consultation services designed to improve the behavioral, social, and emotional lives of persons with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and the persons who care for them. While other biologically-focused research centers focus on the search for a cure for this devastating illness, the Harry Stern Family Center is dedicated to the psychosocial care of those millions of individuals who live with the disorder and have little hope of an immediate cure.

Aims of the Center

1.  Educational Resource Development

  • To make available new assessment instruments to aid in clinical care.
  • To develop training manuals and video resources for use in training professional and family caregivers.

2.  Education & Training

  • To offer pre- and postdoctoral training opportunities for developing clinical researchers.
  • To offer educational consultation for staff development and total quality management both at the Abramson Center for Jewish Lifeand at other long-term care agencies.

      A video is available to show caregivers how to read emotions of Alzheimer's sufferers.

3.  Research & Program Evaluation

  • To develop and refine state-of-the-art research methods.
  • To obtain external funding to develop and evaluate the efficacy of psychosocial interventions in a variety of residential care settings.
  • To develop an evaluation process to assess the outcomes of intervention & education programs.