Case Western University is studying the health of older women to gain an understanding as to why some women of older age with a chronic illness do better than other women with the same illness. Personally, I find this interesting and commendable research. For far too long health research focused on studying men. (Thank goodness this is changing. ) The other reason I find this to be interesting and commendable is that Case Western Reserve University is making an effort to include people who live in small urban & rural communities. It is much easier to find subjects in large cities, so it’s rare that an institution would make such an effort to recruit from communities like Erie County. For all these reasons I encourage your participation. If you are age 65 or older, and have one or more chronic illnesses, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis —or other health problem you have to contend with — I encourage you to be part of this study. It involves filling out a mailed questionnaire that takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Participants will be compensated $15 for the first survey. There is an option to complete a second survey six months later. The second survey pays $20 to compensate participants for their time. If you’re interested contact Kathryn Betts-Adams, PhD, MSW, Mandel School of Applied Social Science, 216-368-6155 or Camille Warner, Ph D, FPB School of Nursing at 216-368-5352.