Alumni Awards highlight profound impact, drive, and commitment of UMBC alumni and faculty

“People you see on this stage are not just amazingly talented, they are good people who have done great work,” shared President Hrabowski. “I can’t think of anything an educator would want more than that: People who care about others, who strive for excellence, and who never, never, never give up.” Continue reading Alumni Awards highlight profound impact, drive, and commitment of UMBC alumni and faculty

Bill Thomas

Washington Post chronicles the life and career of Erickson School Professor Bill Thomas

Bill Thomas, an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare, was recently featured in a Washington Post profile on his life achievements. Thomas, who is a physician and Erickson School professor, has spent more than twenty years trying to make life better … Continue reading Washington Post chronicles the life and career of Erickson School Professor Bill Thomas

Judah Ronch

UMBC expert describes the advantages of home-based care for chronically ill patients

A recent Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study found that home-based primary care increased patients’ satisfaction with care and lowered costs, hospitalization rates, and emergency room visits. Following up on the study, The Washington Post published an article that explored … Continue reading UMBC expert describes the advantages of home-based care for chronically ill patients

Erickson School and Sociology and Anthropology Featured in the Baltimore Sun for Work with St. Agnes Hospital

The Erickson School and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology were featured in a recent Baltimore Sun article about the opening of senior emergency departments at St. Agnes and Holy Cross hospitals. Both hospitals turned to The Erickson School for assistance and consultation in developing the programs. Erickson School Dean Judah Ronch was quoted in the article and shared insight into the growing demand for senior emergency departments. He also discussed how the new facilities are calmer, safer, and targeted to geriatric conditions. “The pediatric emergency room was really the genesis for senior emergency rooms,” said Ronch. “The need was pretty evident, and places … Continue reading Erickson School and Sociology and Anthropology Featured in the Baltimore Sun for Work with St. Agnes Hospital

“Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” Documentary Screened at UMBC to Raise Awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease

Nearly 100,000 people aged 65 and older live with Alzheimer’s disease in Maryland, and there are nearly three times as many caregivers according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Sixteen million Americans are expected to have the disease in 2050, and the cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s is expected to reach $1.1 trillion by mid-century. In the midst of the growing presence of the disease in Maryland and nationwide, on June 11, 2015 at UMBC, country musician Glen Campbell’s family, caregivers, health officials, and representatives from the Erickson School held an event to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and to share … Continue reading “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” Documentary Screened at UMBC to Raise Awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease

Erickson School Presents “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” (6/11)

On June 11th, at 7 p.m. in the Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall, the Erickson School, along with Integrace and Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter, will sponsor of a one-night only screening of “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me“. This is an inspiring film starring musician Glen Campbell and his unforgettable “Goodbye Tour” following his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The movie features Glen Campbell, his family, and friends as they navigate the unpredictable nature of the disease through love, laughter, and music. We are also pleased to have Kim Campbell, wife of Glen Campbell, and Ashley Campbell, daughter of Glen Campbell, … Continue reading Erickson School Presents “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” (6/11)

Careers in Aging Week Event: A Screening of Alive Inside (4/9)

Thursday, April 9, 20153:00 PM – 6:00 PM Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery Careers in Aging Week Event Co Sponsors: Baccalaureate Social Work Program and the Erickson School of Aging Featured Speaker Dan Cohen, Music and Memory. About the film: ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing … Continue reading Careers in Aging Week Event: A Screening of Alive Inside (4/9)

Aging-Self-Stereotypes: Obstacle or Pathway to Health? (4/13)

The Doctoral Program in Gerontology at UMB/UMBC, Department of Sociology and Anthropology and The Erickson School present “Aging Self-Stereotypes: Obstacle or Pathway to Health?” by Becca Levy, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Levy’s research explores psychosocial factors that influence elders’ cognitive and physical functioning, as well as their longevity. She is credited with creating a field of study that focuses on how positive and negative age stereotypes, which are assimilated from the culture, can have beneficial and adverse effects, respectively, on the health of older individuals. This event will take place on April 13, 2015 at … Continue reading Aging-Self-Stereotypes: Obstacle or Pathway to Health? (4/13)

Erickson School Presents Memory Care Summit 2015: The Positive Case for Change in Dementia Services

Earlier this year, the Erickson School presented Memory Care Summit 2015 in Captiva Island, FL. The event was designed to address practical issues for the future of caring for those with memory impairment and their families. Several leading experts in dementia care, including Dean Judah Ronch and Dr. Bill Thomas from the Erickson School, presented at the summit to discuss innovative practices, growth strategies, and success for aging services leaders. Among the speakers at the event was Kim Campbell, wife of country music legend Glen Campbell featured in the major motion picture “I’ll Be Me.” Campbell presented the keynote address at the event and … Continue reading Erickson School Presents Memory Care Summit 2015: The Positive Case for Change in Dementia Services

Judah Ronch, Erickson School, in Baltimore Magazine

In its Summer 2014 retirement guide, Baltimore Magazine published an article exploring what modern retirement means to the “baby boom” generation. Erickson School Dean Judah Ronch was quoted extensively in the story and commented on how American society’s notions of aging are outdated. “Younger boomers don’t want to eat at 5 p.m.,” said Ronch when discussing the changing nature of continuing-care retirement communities (CCRCs). He said today’s retirees aren’t necessarily looking for a quiet place to live out their golden years surrounded by people similar to them: “the CCRC is based on a model of aging as leisure and decline,” Ronch said. “I’m … Continue reading Judah Ronch, Erickson School, in Baltimore Magazine

Erickson School Featured in Provider Magazine Video

Erickson School Dean Judah Ronch and Professor Bill Thomas were recently featured in a video series examining elder care in Provider Magazine. In the video, they discuss the UMBC Aging curriculum, its impact on students, and what it means to the future of aging services. Ronch and Thomas highlight the program’s integration and study of public policy, business management and human aging as a way to provide undergraduate and graduate students with the knowledge and experience necessary to be leaders and entrepreneurs in the field. You can watch the complete interview in the video above. For more on the video series in Provider Magazine, click here. Continue reading Erickson School Featured in Provider Magazine Video

Judah Ronch, Erickson School, in The Baltimore Sun

An article published April 9 in The Baltimore Sun explores how Columbia resident Shirley Johannesen Levine has entertained audiences around the country with her puppetry skills and her company Puppet Dance Productions, with a focus on her recent trip to the Ellicott City Senior Center. Erickson School Dean Judah Ronch was interviewed for the article and said productions such as Johannesen’s not only provide entertainment for elders, but they can support wellness. “At any age, interaction is key to a sense of engagement and meaning of life,” Ronch said. He added interactive activities such as puppet shows can promote autonomy and self-esteem. … Continue reading Judah Ronch, Erickson School, in The Baltimore Sun

Judah Ronch, Erickson School, in The Baltimore Beacon

An article published in the April 2014 edition of The Baltimore Beacon newspaper examines the current view of retirement and how it looks much different today than it has in the past. Erickson School Dean Judah Ronch is quoted extensively in the article and comments on how people are living longer and healthier lives due to less demanding work environments and better healthcare. “We have more vigor and more energy than our parents and grandparents did,” Ronch said. “As a result, we don’t feel the need – or the desire – to view retirement as a life of total leisure. Many of … Continue reading Judah Ronch, Erickson School, in The Baltimore Beacon

Judah Ronch, Erickson School, on WYPR’s Maryland Morning

After Maryland was hit with heavy snowfall last Thursday, WYPR’s Maryland Morning looked into the question: how do our older neighbors plan for and deal with this kind of weather? Sheilah Kast, the program’s host, spoke with Erickson School Dean Judah Ronch about tips and suggestions for helping elders during snowstorms. Ronch discussed how elders can be vulnerable when they lose power and heat in their homes during storms, which can make them more susceptible to injury, cause them to become disoriented and it can even spoil food which can lead to lack of nutrition. “That affects both body and mind. Their … Continue reading Judah Ronch, Erickson School, on WYPR’s Maryland Morning

Judah Ronch, Erickson School, Publishes New Books on Elder Care

Leading Principles and Practices in Elder Care (Health Professions Press) is a new book series edited by Erickson School Dean Judah Ronch and colleague Audrey Weiner, President and CEO of the Jewish Home Lifecare in New York. Ronch and Weiner have also co-authored the first two volumes in the series: Culture Change in Elder Care (available now) and Models and Pathways for Person-Centered Elder Care (to be released in October). Culture Change in Elder Care prepares health professionals with the essential arguments, values and business case for adopting new care models that better serve the needs of older adults “to bring … Continue reading Judah Ronch, Erickson School, Publishes New Books on Elder Care

Peter V. Rabins Joins Erickson School as Senior Fellow

Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH, has been appointed senior fellow with the Institute for Leadership at UMBC’s Erickson School for the management of aging services, joining current senior fellow Chris Hollister. Rabins is professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has been on the Hopkins faculty since 1978. Over the past 35 years he has had appointments in the department of health policy and management and department of mental health, and served as vice-chair for academic affairs in the department of psychiatry as well as director of the division of geriatric psychiatry and neuropsychiatry. As the … Continue reading Peter V. Rabins Joins Erickson School as Senior Fellow

Gerontology Honor Society Expands, Plans Year Ahead

Sigma Phi Omega (SPO) is the national academic honor society in gerontology, for professionals who work with or on behalf of older persons. The UMBC chapter of SPO, Delta Lambda, has continued to grow, thanks to the strength of UMBC’s sociology, gerontology and Management of Aging Services programs. At a recent induction ceremony welcoming new members, the group also honored graduating member Susan Hannum, who pioneered Delta Lambda’s annual senior center “Food Drop.” Continuing volunteer activities with local senior centers and organizations remains a primary goal for the year ahead. The society also plans to connect with Washington D.C.-area colleagues … Continue reading Gerontology Honor Society Expands, Plans Year Ahead

Kevin Heffner, Erickson School, in the Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun today recognized the 30th anniversary of the Charlestown Retirement Community with a front-page article on founder John C. Erickson and transitions in the retirement housing industry. UMBC’s Erickson School was founded, in large part, through a generous donation from Erickson. Today, the Erickson School offers a range of programs, from a B.A. and M.A. in the Management of Aging Services (MAgS) to professional and executive education. In the Sun article, Kevin Heffner, director of external relations for the Erickson School, describes the challenges the senior housing industry faced following the broader housing market crash and credit crisis … Continue reading Kevin Heffner, Erickson School, in the Baltimore Sun

Judah Ronch, Erickson School, in McKnight’s

In a new guest column for McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, Erickson School Dean Judah Ronch explores how technology can enhance relationships between older adults with dementia and their caregivers, and also clarifies misconceptions about technology as panacea for compassionate caregiving. He writes, Technology is not valuable as an (expensive) electronic attendant to deterioration. It is a vehicle that can help the person restore, replace, and compensate for the assault on identity of self that is dementia through pleasurable experiences with others (remote and on site), and by experiencing the pleasure found in successfully meeting challenges through problem solving – like … Continue reading Judah Ronch, Erickson School, in McKnight’s

Judah Ronch, Erickson School, in the New York Times

The New York Times today examined the experiences of older students — in their 60s and beyond — at colleges and universities. The article cites many reasons for retirees taking college courses, including tuition waivers, social connections and an interest in lifelong learning. “Novelty is something the brain thrives on,” said Erickson School Dean Judah L. Ronch, commenting on the physiological and psychological health benefits that older students experience. “It helps connections between nerve cells form, and that’s the basis of new knowledge and ability. Research now supports the idea that at any age these connections can continue to be made.” … Continue reading Judah Ronch, Erickson School, in the New York Times

“Dilemmas of Longevity”: Leslie Morgan to Present Lipitz Lecture (3/28)

On March 28th Leslie Morgan—professor of sociology, co-director of the UMBC/UMB Ph.D. program in gerontology, and one of the nation’s foremost scholars of aging—will present the annual Lipitz Lecture, a Social Sciences Forum event (4:00 p.m. UC Ballroom Lounge). Morgan is UMBC’s 2011-12 Lipitz Professor, an honor that seeks “to recognize and support innovative and distinguished teaching and research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.” Leslie Morgan’s latest publications include Quality Assisted Living (see preview video) and the Baltimore Sun op-ed “Questions to ask before choosing assisted living.” Her lecture will explore the complex influences of longer lives on … Continue reading “Dilemmas of Longevity”: Leslie Morgan to Present Lipitz Lecture (3/28)

Judah Ronch, Erickson School, in the New York Times

Judah Ronch, Dean of UMBC’s Erickson School, offers a pointed letter in today’s New York Times, responding to a report that some retirement communities are segregating their dining facilities based on residents’ required levels of care, sometimes splitting up married couple during meals. In “It’s About More Than Food,” Ronch writes that although “different regulatory considerations might play into the dining decisions at differing levels of care in a continuing care retirement community…[w]hat’s important is the fact that dining is deeply tied to pleasure, identity and sense of community, and therefore the service being provided is not simply to deliver … Continue reading Judah Ronch, Erickson School, in the New York Times

Judah Ronch, Erickson School, in Maryland Family Magazine

The December issue of Maryland Family magazine features a unique article on seniors who volunteer in local K-12 schools — a practice that Judah Ronch argues has significant benefits for both children and adults. Dean Ronch of UMBC’s Erickson School comments, “Doing things you enjoy makes [your activities] meaningful, and that means you are more likely to remember them.” For seniors who enjoy interacting with kids and sharing their skills and knowledge, volunteering in a local community can have positive effects on their physical and mental health and well-being. Continue reading Judah Ronch, Erickson School, in Maryland Family Magazine