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.

Judah RonchErickson 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 that saw success with that said OK what is the next opportunity.”

John Schumacher, an associate professor of sociology and anthropology, was also quoted in the article and said that there are 85 emergency departments across the country doing some type of senior-focused emergency medicine, less than 2 percent of hospitals nationwide. He added that implementation varies, with about 30 percent of departments having a separate space for seniors, while the rest designate beds within the existing emergency room.

The Erickson School’s work with St. Agnes was also recently featured in the Baltimore Business Journal.

“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 best practices for family members who are caring for a loved one with the disease. The event consisted of a panel discussion and screening of the film “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” an inspiring documentary starring Glen Campbell and his unforgettable Goodbye Tour.

Community members filled the Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall to hear Glen Campbell’s wife Kim, his daughter Ashley, and other health officials discuss everything from becoming educated about the disease to coping with the stress and challenges of helping a family member with dementia.

Glen Campbell event

Dr. Nicole Absar, clinical director at Copper Ridge Memory Clinic, shared her knowledge of early diagnosis of the disease and looking for consistent patterns of memory loss, sleep disorder, and personality change. “It’s so important for all of us to get educated about dementia presentation,” she said. “Early diagnosis is so crucial.”

Cass Naugle, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Maryland, discussed how technology has improved treatment of the disease and emphasized the importance of developing a network of support to better understand the challenges associated with Alzheimer’s. “We can’t change the course of the disease, but we can change how we deal with it,” she asserted.

Ashley Campbell shared her personal experience of providing support for her father as he navigates the disease. “I have a job to do to help him with his transitions,” she said. “I keep the focus on him. I don’t have Alzheimer’s. It’s not about me. It’s about him.”

ILLBEME_ERK-9987Kim Campbell described her journey of a continual learning process that has gone through many different stages when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and had advice for caregivers for monitoring their own health throughout the process. “You need to stay connected with friends, other people, and who you are. Often caregivers feel isolated,” she explained.

Judah Ronch, dean of the Erickson School, presented welcoming remarks for the event, and Jaclyn Harris, president and CEO of Integrace, moderated the panel discussion. The screening of “I’ll Be Me” followed the panel discussion, and Ashley Campbell closed the event with a moving acoustic performance. To view photos, click here.

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

Glen Campbell movieOn 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, join us at this special event to discuss the film and honor Glen. There will be a discussion panel that will precede the showing of the film. The film will start at 7:30.

Event Details:
6:30 p.m. Registration
7 p.m. Welcome from Judah Ronch, Ph.D., Dean, The Erickson School at UMBC
Panel discussion – introduced by Jackie Harris, President and CEO, Integrace
Kim Campbell, wife of Glen Campbell
Ashley Campbell, daughter of Glen Campbell
Dr. Peter Rabins, Senior Fellow and Faculty member, The Erickson School at UMBC
Dr. Nicole Absar, Medical Director, Copper Ridge Outpatient Assessment Clinic
Cass Naugle, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter
7:30 p.m. Screening of “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”

Following the film screening, a musical tribute will be given by Glen’s daughter, Ashey Campbell.

For more information about the event, including tickets and registration, click here.

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

Alive Inside movie
Thursday, April 9, 2015
3:00 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 power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).

An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, ALIVE INSIDE’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. For more information, click here.

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

g_logoThe 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 2:00 pm in Commons 331.

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

Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell presents the keynote address.

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 shared her family’s experiences, challenges, struggles, discovery, and moments of joy in the journey of her husband Glen’s Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis. To watch video clips of Kim Campbell’s keynote address, click here.

To learn more about the event, including a list of speakers and presentations from Memory Care Summit 2015, click here.

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.

Judah Ronch

“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 hearing from CCRC operators that younger boomers are saying the model doesn’t work for them.”

In the article, Ronch noted that the baby boom generation is rethinking its concept of what home means to them. “Creative solutions come as second nature to boomers,” he said. He added co-housing and group-living arrangements are becoming more common. “This is a generation that knows about groups. We grew up with group therapy, consciousness-raising, and political activism. I expect to see a landscape of options.”

The importance of technology was discussed in the story, and Galina Madjaroff, a clinical assistant professor at the Erickson School, said developers should recognize the vast market potential. “Most technology is being developed for the 25-35 age group,” said Madjaroff, who specializes in technology and older adults. “There’s a huge gap between what the older generation needs and what the industry is providing.”

Helena Mentis, an assistant professor of information systems, said wearable technology such as FitBit, which is a bracelet that monitors sleep and physical activity, among other inputs, “has taken off with healthy twenty somethings.” But that technology could also be used for older folks “to make sure they’re moving enough,” and in some cases, “to see if they’re engaging in social interaction.” Mentis also discussed the potential benefits of Google Glass and Wii Fit.

To read the full article in Baltimore Magazine titled, “A boomer’s guide to 65,” click here.