I am a nurse sociologist with special interests in health care for older adults. I have done research with this population on the issues of forced residential relocation, and bereavement. My recent research is a study to determine the effect of evening light therapy on agitated behavior among cognitively impaired older adults residing in special care units. This research will also provide information about sleep patterns and circadian rhythms. The data are currently being analyzed.
In May 2001 I was privileged to receive the Aljoya Endowed Professorship in Aging. The donor for this is a Jewish couple who gave the funds to honor relatives who died in the Holocaust without the opportunity to grow old. It is a very great honor for me.
I and my colleagues recently (Jan. 2002) received two grants from the John A. Hartford Foundation. The first is a program to enhance geriatric education, and focuses on activities and projects for curricular updates in the BSN, MN/MS and PhD programs. In addition there is a focus on faculty development in geriatrics as well as a program for nurse care-providers in the community. The second grant is focused entirely on enhancing geriatric content, both clinical and classroom, in the baccalaureate program. Both projects are aimed ultimately at increasing the numbers of nurses in the workforce who are prepared to care for the burgeoning older adult population.
I have taught undergraduate, masters and doctoral students while at the University of Washington. I enjoy teaching research methods as well as content on the social, political, and economic contexts of health care for older adults. I have advised many students during their these and dissertation research.
Sample publications that pertain to aging, chronic illness, and health policy:
(1995) "Older women's health" in C. Fogel & N. Woods Health Care for Women. A 2nd edition is due later in 2002.
(1996) "Older women: social policies and health care" in V. Burgraff & R. Barry Gerontological Nursing: Current Practice and Research.
(1997) "Chronic illness issues and the elderly" in L. Swanson & T. Tripp-Reimer Chronic Illness and the Older Adult. (Co-authors: M. Catanzaro & M. Lorensen)