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Here you will find current and archived articles, journals, videos, and more that were featured on the Erickson School homepage. Read through the stories and be inspired and educated. Use the links below to jump to a particular year.


Congratulations to Robin Majeski and Teresa Valais
Erickson School’s Robin Majeski, PhD, RN, and Teresa Valais recently had a paper published in SAGE Journals, titled “The Community of Inquiry and Emotional Presence”.

Changing The Way We Look At Dementia
In November, six people with Alzheimer’s disease and related types of cognitive impairment stood before an audience of 100 in North Haven, Conn. One by one, they talked about what it was like to live with dementia in deeply personal terms.
– By Judith Graham, The Washington Post, 2/8/2018


Mother and Son’s Journey with Dementia
Follow Joey as he creates a weekly video series of him and his mother, Molly, who is suffering from Dementia at the age of 65. Through these candid videos, Joey and Molly hope they will inspire and educate people on the effects of Dementia for both the caregivers and the people with this devastating disease.

Senior Living in 2030: What Might the Future of Senior Housing Look Like?
“In the words of the outspoke Lori Alford, COO of Avanti Senior Living, “If I knew all the answers…I’d be a bazillionaire.” With that honest assessment in mind, we invited six senior living executives to share their insights on the future of their industry.”
– Senior Living Innovation Forum

A tale of compassion – and the true meaning of voice to text
The true meaning of voice to text. Vivian Tellis-Nayak is a man with Parkinson’s disease and his wife, Mary, aides him by translating
his thoughts to words.
– By Jack York, 10/2/2017.

Johanna Quaas

Gymnast, Johanna Quaas, 91

The Power of Language to Change How We View Our Aging Selves
Ageism in everyday language and how it negatively affects older adults.
– By Geralyn Magan

91 Year Old Gymnast Completes Impressive Routine
Johanna Quaas is the world’s oldest active gymnast representing Germany at age 91!
– Metro Newspaper UK, 6/13/2017

Age in America
Meg LaPorte the Founder of Age in America, a Collection of Stories Designed to Challenge Aging Stereotypes
– Meg LaPorte, 6/6/2017

You’re Getting a Master’s in What?
“From church management to fashion, business schools expand graduate offerings with shorter, more specialized courses.”
– By Kelsey Gee, 5/31/2017

Kevin Goedeke

Kevin Goedeke

Oak Crest Appoints Kevin Goedeke as Associate Executive Director
“Parkville, Maryland—Oak Crest retirement community appointed Kevin Goedeke to serve as Associate Executive Director. Previously, Mr. Goedeke spent seven years as an Administrator and Executive Administrator with Mid-Atlantic Healthcare, LLC where he supported and operated skilled nursing facilities within its portfolio.”
– Oak Crest Newsroom, 3/20/2017

New Silverado Memory Care Community to Open in Virginia
“Silverado is pleased to announce that it has entered into a management agreement with Cambridge Healthcare to open and operate a state-of-the-art memory care community in Alexandria, Virginia.”
– 2/20/2017

Fighting Fraud: Senate Aging Committee Identifies Top 10 Scams Targeting Our Nation’s Seniors pdf icon
– Senator Susan M. Collins (R-ME), Chairman; Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-PA), Ranking Member

UMBC Magazine: Gray New World
“Students in the Erickson School’s Project 2061 class have high expectations for technology and its power to meet human needs. Working across disciplines, they’ve created new possibilities for the future of senior care.”
– By Dinah Winnick

Experiencing the Memory Care Summit
David McCarron shares his experience after attending the 5th Annual Memory Care Summit.
– By David McCarron, Capital Care Associates, 1/27/2017

Congratulations! Erickson School’s Scott Townsley Appointed
Professor of the Practice

UMBC Aging/The Erickson School is pleased to announce that Scott Townsley, JD, has joined the faculty of the Erickson School as Professor of the Practice.
– 1/26/2017


Raymond Chavez

Oldest Pearl Harbor survivor, Raymond Chavez, 104


Q & A: 30 years in the fight against Alzheimer’s
“For three decades, Cass Naugle of Mount Airy has been at the forefront of Alzheimer’s disease research and advocacy in Maryland.”
– By Jon Kelvey, Carroll County Times, 12/18/2016

Scientists Say the Clock of Aging May Be Reversible
– By Nicholas Wade, NY Times, 12/15/2016

Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivor, 104, Flies Back to Honolulu
Ray Chavez, who lives in San Diego’s Poway community, boarded a flight to Oahu Saturday, on his way to a special ceremony that marks the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor
– By Steven Luke and Monica Garske, San Diego (Military) News, 12/7/2016
*Also see, Oldest-Known Pearl Harbor Veteran, 104, Bulks Up for 75th Anniversary

Five Myths About Landing a Good Job Later in Life
“As the U.S. economy shifts from manufacturing to services, it’s creating more positions in which cognitive skills matter more than physical ability. That means more opportunities for older workers…The 55-and-older crowd is now the only age group with a rising labor-force participation rate, even as age discrimination remains a problem for many older job seekers…”
– By Anne Tergesen, The Wall Street Journal, 11/28/16

cbs Morning

Dan Peterson, 82, with Norah Wood, 4. Picture by CBS News

60 Minutes: The Alzheimer’s Laboratory
An extended family in Colombia with a genetic mutation causing Alzheimer’s may help scientists prevent the disease someday. Lesley Stahl reports on the groundbreaking study.
– By Lesley Stahl, CBS News, 11/27/2016

Playgrounds for an Aging Population
“Long popular in China, Japan and parts of Europe and Latin America, adult playgrounds are popping up across the U.S., from Portland, Ore., to Tomball, Texas, to New York City, as organizations and municipalities cater to the needs of an aging populace.”
– By Beth Howard, The Wall Street Journal, 11/27/2016

The Best Books of 2016 for People of a Certain Age
“Humor, historical perspective and advice on reducing health-care bills are all included in our picks for the year’s best books for older readers.”
– By Diane Cole, The Wall Street Journal, 11/27/2016

CBS This Morning: A More Perfect Union
How a man’s chance encounter with a little girl gave him new purpose in life. CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman shows us how an 82-year-old widower was touched by an innocent question in the canned food aisle of a grocery store when he needed it most.
– By Steve Hartman, CBS News, 11/18/2016

2016 Influencers in Aging
Meet Next Avenue’s 2016 Influencers in Aging. These 50 advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts continue to push beyond traditional boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow older.
– From Next Avenue

Bill Thomas

Bill Thomas speaking at the ProAging event held at UMBC.
Photograph by Mike Mower

The Human Connection Model for Memory Care
“The Human Connection Model asks every aging services practitioner to intentionally and creatively take part in the older adult’s current experience. Together they draw out each person’s lifetime values and expertise, co-designing the caregiving. Appreciative of the fact that each person is an expert within his or her own life, the Human Connection model highlights the key elements of: Individual Choice, Community Ownership, Sustaining Kinship, Employing Expertise and Integrative Wellbeing.”
– By Pamela Silberman-Mills, MA, CTRS, Long-Term Living Magazine, 9/8/2016

We’re lucky if we get to be old, physician and professor believes
“After more than 20 years of trying to make life better for old people, he believes the correct message is the opposite: That we are lucky if we get to grow old. That there is a “third” phase of life beyond adulthood that can be as rich as either of the phases that came before.”
– By Tara Bahrampour, The Washington Post, 1/23/2016




Dr. Ronch

Dr. Judah Ronch. Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC

UMBC Expert Describes the Advantages of Home-Based Care for Chronically Ill Patients
“Judah Ronch, dean of the Erickson School, was quoted in the article and outlined the various advantages of home-based care. “If they’re at home, they’re in an environment that can expedite healing, for example, more natural light,”…”
– By Max Cole, UMBC News, 12/8/2015

Doctors Prescribe Old-Fashioned House Calls when Treating the Old and Frail
“A study published last year in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, supported by other research, found that home-based primary care lowered costs as well as emergency room visits and hospitalization rates while increasing patients’ satisfaction with care.”
– By Tara Bahrampour, The Washington Post, 12/6/2015

St. Agnes Opens Emergency Department for Seniors Health
“Moving to better serve its older population, St. Agnes recently became the second Maryland hospital to open a separate emergency department for seniors. It offers an entrance next to the existing one, safer, more comfortable environs and a staff trained in elder care issues.”
– By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun, 7/5/2015

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Robyn Stone

Robyn I. Stone, Executive Director, Leading Age Center for Applied Research

Let’s Stop Building “Memory Care Units”
“The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is expected to double by 2030. But that’s no reason to start building more “memory care units.” Instead, it’s time to start thinking outside the box about how we can design and deliver the very best services and supports to help older people and their families cope with these devastating conditions.”
– By Robyn I. Stone, Leading Age, 3/21/2014

The Future of Women in Tech [Commentary]
“Women have lost ground in the computer science field in the past 30 years, a trend that must change…Undergraduates working with faculty in UMBC’s Erickson School recently learned first-hand how to approach tech development from many directions. They designed potential technologies for older adults living in the year 2061, considering everything from aesthetics and usability to moral and policy implications.”
– By Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III (President, UMBC), The Baltimore Sun, 2/16/2014

Helping Elders in the Snow
“Sheilah Kast talks with Judah Ronch, the Dean of Erickson School of Aging Studies at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, about the problems elders face when there is a storm like this and what could listeners can do to help.”
– Dr. Judah Ronch (Dean, Erickson School) podcast interview produced by Stephanie Hughes, WYPR, 2/14/2014



Chris Emmett

Christopher Emmett ’08, M.A. Management, Aging Studies

Erickson Alum Christopher Emmett in New Leadership Role at Erickson Living – 4/19/2013

MAgS Lecturer Richard Compton in The Baltimore Sun – 3/31/2013

ALFA Insights: Interview with Chris Hollister – 3/27/2013

Some Small Businesses Choose to Self-Insure – 3/14/2013

Dr. Ronch quoted in The New York Times – 3/12/2013

Look Who’s Aging Event Leads to CES Experience – 2/18/2013

Dr. Robyn Stone with LeadingAge Mentions Look Who’s Aging Event – 2/4/2013

Erickson School Road Trip: “Look Who’s Aging” – 1/22/2013

Bridge the Gulf Between CES Gadgets and the Lives of the Oldest Old – 1/15/2013




Dr. Ronch and Galina Madjaroff Write Paper on Language – 12/2012


To Attract Students, Aging-Services Program Emphasizes Opportunity – 1/17/2011

Growing People in a Greenhouse – 1/17/2011


Erickson School in the Baltimore Sun – 7/20/2010