Dr. Frank’s areas of focus include aging in place, residents’ perspectives, the concept of “home,” Alzheimer’s disease, intergenerational service-learning, and aging prisoners. In 2002 she published The Paradox of Aging in Place in Assisted Living (Greenwood Press), which focused on the residents’ experiences living in two assisted living settings in the Chicagoland area. She has authored several other publications on assisted living and aging in place.
Dr. Frank has been researching Alzheimer’s disease for the past 6+ years (both the experience of those with the disease and the challenges facing family caregivers). Since 2009 she has embarked on research on aging in prison. A selection of her publications are below:
Frank, J. (2010). Anticipatory and disenfranchised grief among dementia family caregivers: helping spouse and adult child caregivers to cope. In Hughes, J., Llyod-Williams,M., & Sachs, G. Supportive Care for the Person with Dementia. Oxford University Press.
Frank, J. (2009). Alzheimer’s and relationships. In H.Ries & S. Sprecher, (eds),. Encyclopedia of Human Relationships, (pp.88-90). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
Frank, J. (2008). Evidence for grief as the major barrier faced by Alzheimer caregivers: A qualitative analysis. American Journal of Alzheimer’s disease & Other Dementias. 22(6), 241-253.
Frank, J. (2005). Semiotic use of the word “home” among people with Alzheimer’s disease: A plea for selfhood? In G. D. Rowles & H. Chaudhury (Eds.), Home and Identity in Late life, International Perspectives (pp.171-196). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
Frank, J. (2006). Caring for aging parents: Family relationships, medical care, and the search for a dignified end to life [Review essay of the books: My Mother’s Hip: Lessons from the world of eldercare and Bugs in her tea: An adventure in caregiving. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, (31)1, 219-228.
Frank, J. (2001). How long can I stay?: The dilemma of aging in place in assisted living. Journal of Housing for the Elderly (15), 5-30. (This particular issue of the journal was also co-published as a book titled, Assisted Living: Sobering Realities Haworth Press, 2001.)