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Leon and Josephine Winkelman Memorial Lecture

The Leon and Josephine Winkelman Memorial Lecture Series was established at the University of Michigan School of Social Work by the Winkelman brothers - Stanley J., John, Frederick R., and Henry R. - as a memorial to their parents.

The lecture series provides a forum for the presentation of new and emerging knowledge from the social sciences and the helping professions in the field of gerontology, and for the discussion of the application of such knowledge to the development of social policy, the organization and management of social welfare services, and the delivery of social work services.

2017 - The Future of the Aging Services Workforce: Moving from Accident to Valued Profession

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Check-in
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Keynote Presentation & Panelist Response
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Reception

School of Social Work, Educational Conference Center

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Event and CEU credits are complimentary. Registration is closed. We are offering 2 Macro CEU credits.

* Livestream will be available on the day of this event. CEUs are not available through livestreaming.

Keynote Speaker: Robyn I. Stone, Dr.P.H

Robyn I. Stone, Dr.P.H, is a noted researcher and internationally recognized authority on long-term care and aging policy. She is the Sr. VP for Research at LeadingAge and Executive Director of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research. She has held senior research and policy positions in both the U.S. government and the private sector and was a political appointee in the Clinton Administration, serving in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Disability, Aging and Long-term Care Policy and Assistant Secretary for Aging. Dr. Stone is a distinguished speaker and has been published widely in the areas of long-term care policy and quality, chronic care for the disabled, aging services workforce development, low-income senior housing and family caregiving. She serves on numerous provider and non-profit boards that focus on aging issues. Dr. Stone is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the National Academy of Social Insurance. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) in 2014.


Panelist Response

Jamie LaLonde, MSW

Director of Memory Care & Life Enrichment
Administrator for Birch at Eva's House
Glacier Hills Senior Living Community

Jamie LaLonde attended Eastern Michigan University, obtaining her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work as well as a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. She completed internships with Arbor Hospice, Glacier Hills and the University of Michigan’s Turner Senior Resource Center. During her career she discovered a passion for working with older adults living with Alzheimer’s and related dementia’s and studied to become an Associate Trainer in the Best Friends Approach to Dementia care as well as being a certified instructor for Dementia Capable Care through CPI. Educating caregivers on how to not only utilize their remaining abilities, she focuses on teaching families and caregivers on how to make connections with the people they care for. She also volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association as a support group facilitator and serves as a member of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s planning committee. She currently works at Glacier Hills serving as the Director of Memory Care and Life Enrichment as well as the Administrator for the memory care assisted living within Eva’s House. In this position she directs not only the life enrichment team but also the daily caregivers with an emphasis on a mutually beneficial relationship where having fun at work is a key ingredient to a successful program.


Clare Luz, Asst. Professor

Clare Luz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University is a gerontologist with 40 years of experience in the field of aging; first as a social worker and consultant in long-term care settings then as a health services researcher. The majority of her research has been related to workforce development, particularly labor conditions and training of direct care workers. Other federally and state funded projects have focused on falls, delirium at end-of-life, and the intersection of health, creativity and the arts. She is most interested in community-based, policy and practice-relevant research that leads to system changes that can feasibly be applied in real-life settings. Her current project, funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, aims to build a sustainable infrastructure in MI for developing and supporting the personal care workforce. Clare served on the Governor's Long Term Supports and Services Commission until it ended in 2015 and the National Quality Forum's Home and Community Based Care Committee. She serves on the Michigan Society of Gerontology board, as past president and current treasurer.


Sheria G. Robinson-Lane, Asst. Professor

Dr. Sheria Robinson-Lane is a gerontologist with expertise in palliative care, long-term care, and nursing administration. She has focused her career on the care and support of older adults with cognitive and/or functional disabilities. Dr. Robinson-Lane is interested in the ways that older adults adapt to changes in health, and particularly how adaptive coping strategies effect health outcomes. Her research is focused on reducing health disparities for minority older adults with cognitive impairments and their informal caregivers. Prior to coming to coming to the University of Michigan School of Nursing, Dr. Robinson-Lane completed an NIH-funded advanced research rehabilitation training program in community living and participation with the University of Michigan Medical School.

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