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Richard Prudom & Kathryn Hyer

Richard Prudom has more than 30 years in executive leadership with the State
of Florida where he has worked to develop, implement, and lead public policies and programs that improve the lives of Florida families. Since 2011, he has
served as Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff for the Florida Department of
Elder Affairs (DOEA), the State Unit on Aging, whose mission is to help Florida’s 5.2 million elders remain healthy, safe, and independent.At DOEA, Mr. Prudom performs Chief of Staff functions and is the lead on several initiatives, including the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative (DCCI) and the revitalization of the Communities for a Lifetime Initiative.First announced in 2015, DCCE was developed in response to the increasing incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in Florida. Mr. Prudom also leads the revitalization of the Communities for a Lifetime Initiative (CFAL), an effort of the Department to meet community living needs as elders age in place while also benefitting a region’s younger population. Prudom has led the Department’s new collaboration with the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities to encourage states, cities, towns, and counties to prepare for the rapid aging of the population while implementing age-friendly, livable communities that allow for inclusion of all residents. Prudom received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. In September, 2014, Prudom took the oath to become an American citizen and now enjoys dual citizenship with the United Kingdom.

Dr. Hyer is a Professor and Director of the Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging in the School of Aging Studies, the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on ways to improve care of older adults and she has published widely on disaster preparedness and nursing homes, nursing home quality, hospice care, and state Medicaid policy. She has held national leadership roles for many organizations and been on numerous federal, state, and local Boards. She is currently serving as President- Elect of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA).   For 15 years, she has worked with Florida’s State Department of Elder Affairs to review required dementia curriculum for nursing homes, assisted living, home health, hospice and adult day care providers.  She serves on the Gold Seal Panel, Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care. After Hurricane Irma, Dr Hyer testified before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing, “Disaster Preparedness and Response: The Special Needs of Older Americans” and the Florida House of Representative’s Florida House Select Committee on Hurricane Response

PDF version of Richard Prudom’s bio.

PDF version of Kathryn Hyer’s bio.


Richard Prudom & Kathryn Hyer’s discussion at the 7th Annual Memory Care Summit is titled “All Emergencies are Local”
To view a description of the session, visit: https:/erickson.umbc.edu/mcs/