Eilon Caspi, PhD

Research Associate, Adult and Gerontological Health Cooperative

Eilon Caspi

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-626-9566

Office Address:
120-05 Dinnaken Office Building

PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston (Gerontology), 2010

MA, Haifa University (Gerontology), Israel, 2003

BSW, Tel Aviv University (Social Work; Aging Concentration), Israel, 1999


Eilon Caspi, PhD, is a Gerontologist and Dementia Behavior Specialist. He started working in the aging field in 1994 as a nurse aide in a nursing home where his grandfather lived. Both of his grandmothers had dementia. He later worked as a social worker with elders with low income at the Department of Social Services for Elders, Tel Aviv Municipality, and then at a long-term care home for elders with dementia in the city of Jaffa. His work, applied research, volunteering, and advocacy focuses on enhancing the quality of care, quality of life, and safety of people living with dementia as well as supporting and educating their family and professional care partners. His passion is in bridging between academia/research and practice.


Research Summary/Interests

Quality of care and quality of life of people living with dementia in the community and in long-term care homes.

Psychosocial strategies for prevention of various forms of distressing and harmful behavioral expressions in people with dementia. For example, over the past decade, he focused on the prevention of distressing and harmful resident-to-resident incidents in dementia in long-term care homes.

Prevention of abuse and neglect of residents in long-term care homes (nursing homes and assisted living residences). For example, conducting research aimed at informing efforts to address the current crisis in long-term care homes in Minnesota and at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Studying Dementia Chats webinar series (Alzheimer's Speaks) where people in early stages of dementia regularly share about their lived experiences.

Developing and implementing Green Care Farms for people living with dementia.



Caspi, E. (2018). The circumstances surrounding the death of 105 elders as a result of resident-to-resident incidents in dementia in long-term care homes. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 30(4), 284-308.

Caspi, E. (2017). A federal survey deficiency citation is needed for resident-to-resident aggression in U.S. nursing homes. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 29(4), 193-212.

Caspi, E.(2017). Trust at stake: Is the “dual mission” of the U.S. Alzheimer’s Association out of balance? Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. Published Online Ahead of Print.

McDonald, L., Hitzig, S.L., Pillemer, K.A., Lachs, M.S., Beaulieu, M., Brownell, P., Burnes, D., Caspi, E et al. (2015) Developing a research agenda on resident-to-resident aggression: Recommendations from a consensus conference. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 27, 146–167.

Caspi, E. (2015). Aggressive behaviors between residents with dementia in an assisted living residence. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 14(4), 528-546.

Anderson, N.D., Damianakis, T., Kroger, E., Wagner, L.M., Dawson, D.R., Binns, M.A., Bernstein, S., Caspi, E., & Cook, S.L., & The BRAVO Team (2014, Aug 25). The Benefits Associated with Volunteering Among Seniors: A Critical Review and Recommendations for Future Research. Psychological Bulletin. Advance online publication.

Caspi, E. (2014). Wayfinding difficulties among elders with dementia in an Assisted Living Residence. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 13(4), 429-450.

Caspi, E. (2014). Does self-neglect occur among older adults with dementia when unsupervised in Assisted Living? An exploratory, observational study. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 26(2), 123-149.

Caro, F.G., Burr, J.A., Caspi, E., and Mutchler, J.E. (2010). Motives that bridge diverse activities of older people. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 34(2), 115-134.

Caro, F.G., Caspi, E., Burr, J.A., and Mutchler, J.E. (2009). Global activity motivation and activities of older people. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 33(3), 191-208.

Caspi, E., Silverstein, N.M., Porell, F., and Kwan, N. (2009). Physician outpatient contacts and hospitalizations among cognitively-impaired elderly. Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 5(1), 30-42.


Caspi, E. (2016). Deaths as a result of resident-to-resident altercations in dementia in long-term care homes: A need for research, policy, and prevention. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 17(1), 7-11.

Letters to the Editor

Caspi, E. (2015). Policy Recommendation: The National Center for Prevention of Resident-to-Resident Aggression in Dementia. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 16, 527-534.

Caspi, E. (2013). Time for change: Persons with dementia and “behavioral expressions,” not “behavior symptoms.”Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 14(10), 768-769.

Caspi, E. (2013). M.D.S. 3.0 – A giant step forward but what about items on resident-to-resident aggression? Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 14(8), 624-625.


In The News

Magan, C. (2019). Drug thieves are creative, and assisted living facilities struggle to protect seniors. The Pioneer Press, July 13, 2019. Link:

Magan, C. (2019). Thefts from seniors in assisted living topped $117K, UMN researcher finds. The Pioneer Press, July 1, 2019. Link: https://www.twincities.com/2019/07/01/thefts-from-seniors-in-assisted-living-topped-117k-umn-researcher-finds/

Serres, C. (2019). Deal reached to protect Minnesota's seniors from abuse, neglect. The Star Tribune, May 16, 2019. [Dr. Caspi's study is cited in this newspaper article]. Link: 

Serres, C. (2019). Report highlights abuses, deaths in state's assisted living facilities. The Star Tribune, April 11, 2019. [Dr. Caspi led the study culminating in this report] Link:


Elder Voice Family Advocates (April 22, 2019). Inhumane and Deadly Neglect Revealed in State Assisted Living Residences. Link to report:https://www.eldervoicefamilyadvocates.org/blog/full-report-on-neglect-abuse-and-exploitation-investigations-released [Dr. Caspi led the study culminating in this report]

Serres, C. (January 23, 2019). Minnesota health commissioner unveils plan for tougher state oversight of assisted living facilities for seniors. The Star Tribune. Link to newspaper article:https://tinyurl.com/y2jpvleh

Mancini, M. (January 20, 2019). At least 29 Ontario long-term care residents killed by fellow residents in 6 years. CBC News, Canada. Link to newspaper article:https://tinyurl.com/y3e4vpe6

HealthNewsReview podcast by Michael Joyce: The problematic promise of a 'cure' for Alzheimer's disease (September 4, 2018):

HealthNewsReview blog post by Kevin Lomangino: How the 'optimism' narrative in Alzheimer's helps the drug industry and harms patients (August 27, 2018):

Press release. Study of deaths from resident-to-resident incidents in dementia offers insights to inform policy and prevention (August 14, 2018):

Bowers, L.A. (June 10, 2018). More staffing, training could reduce deaths from dementia-related resident-to-resident violence, researcher says. McKnight’s Senior Living: https://www.mcknightsseniorliving.com/home/news/more-staffing-training-could-reduce-deaths-from-dementia-related-resident-on-resident-violence-researcher-says/

Serres, C. (November 14, 2017). When an abuser lives next door: Surging resident-to-resident violence rarely investigated by state. Front page article in The Star Tribune. Part 3 in 5-part Special Report called Left to Suffer (November 12-16, 2017): http://www.startribune.com/surging-resident-on-resident-violence-rarely-investigated/450625693/

Murphy, S. and Lazar, K. (October 14, 2017). A growing, often dangerous, age divide: Recent Randolph killing underscores a fraught issue for nursing homes. Front page article (Sunday edition) of The Boston Globe:

Tutton, M. (August 4, 2017). Documents reveal another 2 nursing home deaths due to pushing. Number of such deaths disclosed since 2008 rises to 11 in Nova Scotia. The Canadian Press: