Eugene and Rose Kleiner Professor of Aging (Social Welfare)
School of Social Welfare
(510) 642-0126

Research Expertise and Interest

aging, social welfare, family issues, aging-friendly communities, long-term care policies


Professor Scharlach has published extensively on issues pertaining to the well-being of older adults and their families, including aging-friendly communities, long-term care services, work and family responsibilities, bereavement, and gerontological social work education.

Professor Scharlach’s research examines the physical and social contexts that are conducive to constructive outcomes for elderly persons. He currently is directing a multi-year program of research examining innovative initiatives for helping communities to become more “aging-friendly.”

In addition to more than 75 articles, he is the author of Elder Care and the Work Force: Blueprint for Action (with B. Lowe and E. Schneider; Lexington Books), Controversial Issues in Aging (with L. Kaye; Allyn & Bacon), and Families and Work: New Directions in the Twenty-First Century (with K. Fredriksen-Goldsen; Oxford University Press).