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Sheryl Zimmerman - UNC-Chapel Hill. North Carolina, NC, US

Sheryl Zimmerman Sheryl Zimmerman

Mary Lily Kenan Flagler Bingham Distinguished Professor Associate Dean for Doctoral Education, School of Social Work | UNC-Chapel Hill

North Carolina, NC, UNITED STATES

Expert in aging issues, elder care, assisted living



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Sheryl Zimmerman for Assisted Living Comparison Experts




Sheryl Zimmerman is Distinguished Professor, Associate Dean, and Director of Aging Research, at the School of Social Work, and Co-Director of the Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care, at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Industry Expertise (2)

Elder Care

Health and Wellness

Areas of Expertise (9)


Aging and Elderly

Aging and Social Policy

Social Gerontology

Evaluation of Practice

Psychosocial Aspects of Health

Long-Term Care


Hip Fractures

Accomplishments (5)

Outstanding Research Paper, Seniors Housing & Care Journal (professional)


Fellow, American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (professional)


Awardee, Academic Leadership Development Program, University of North Carolina (professional)

2006 - 2007

Fellow, Gerontological Society of America (professional)


Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research Distinguished Investigator Award (professional)


Education (2)

University of Illinois at Chicago: Ph.D., .

University of Illinois at Chicago: MSW, Social Work

Affiliations (9)

  • National Association of Social Workers : Member
  • Academy of Certified Social Workers : Member
  • Gerontological Society of America : Member
  • American Geriatrics Society : Member
  • Society for Social Work and Research : Member
  • Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network : Member
  • Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work : Member
  • Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work : Member
  • Society for Post-Acute and Long Term Care Medicine (AMDA) : Member

Media Appearances (2)

Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work receive $3.4 million grant to study inappropriate and excessive use of antipsychotic medications

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill News  online


A first-ever National Survey of Residential Care Facilities recently found that as many as seven out of 10 adults in assisted living have some form of cognitive impairment, such as dementia, as well as other limitations that affect their ability to eat, dress, bath and take medications. Perhaps more troubling, almost 70 percent of these communities regularly dispense antipsychotic and other drugs to control residents’ behaviors, said UNC-Chapel Hill study principal investigator Sheryl Zimmerman, a Kenan Distinguished Professor in Carolina’s School of Social Work...

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How anti-psychotic drugs may be overused in assisted living facilities

Carolina Connections  radio


Dr. Zimmerman was interviewed on the Carolina Connections radio program, discussing how anti-psychotic drugs may be overused in assisted living facilities.

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Event Appearances (5)

Aligning Assisted Living Research with the Changing Landscape

Sixty-eighth Annual Scientific Meeting, The Gerontological Society of America  Orlando, FL.


The Spectrum of Antibiotic Use in Nursing Homes

Sixty-eighth Annual Scientific Meeting, The Gerontological Society of America  Orlando, FL.


Health Services and Outcomes in Assisted Living: The Importance of Nurse Delegation Practices

Sixty-eighth Annual Scientific Meeting, The Gerontological Society of America  Orlando, FL.


Caregiver Confidence in Symptom Management

Sixty-eighth Annual Scientific Meeting, The Gerontological Society of America  Orlando, FL.


Reducing Antibiotic Over-Use in U.S. Nursing Homes

Tenth International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics – Asia/Oceania 2015 Conference  Chaing Mai, Thailand


Articles (5)

Dementia as a Risk Factor for Falls and Fall Injuries Among Nursing Home Residents

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

2003 OBJECTIVES: To compare rates of falling between nursing home residents with and without dementia and to examine dementia as an independent risk factor for falls and fall injuries.

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The public health impact of Alzheimer's disease, 2000-2050: potential implication of treatment advances

Annual review of public health

2002 Recent developments in basic research suggest that therapeutic breakthroughs may occur in Alzheimer's disease treatment over the coming decades. To model the potential magnitude and nature of the effect of these advances, historical data from congestive heart failure and Parkinson's disease were used...

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The prevalence of dementia in a statewide sample of new nursing home admissions aged 65 and older diagnosis by expert panel

The Gerontologist

2000 This study estimated the prevalence of dementia in 2,285 new admissions age 65+ to a statewide sample of 59 nursing homes in Maryland, 1992–1995. Dementia was ascertained according to DSM-III-R criteria by an expert panel of geriatric psychiatrists, ...

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Delirium on Hospital Admission in Aged Hip Fracture Patients Prediction of Mortality and 2-Year Functional Outcomes

The Journal of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences

2000 BACKGROUND: Hip fracture patients are at increased risk of confusion or delirium due to the trauma associated with the injury and the rapid progression to hospitalization and surgery, in addition to the pain and loss of function experienced. Hip fracture patients who develop ...

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Excess mortality attributable to hip fracture in white women aged 70 years and older

Journal of Public Health

1997 OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to estimate the excess mortality attributable to hip fracture...

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