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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.

Brave New Age of Social Relations

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Toni Antonucci, PhD, the Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology, Program Director and Research Professor, Life Course Development Program, Institute for Social Research

Toni C. Antonucci is the Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology, Program Director and Research Professor in the Life Course Development Program at the Institute for Social Research. Her research focuses on social relations and health across the life span, including family multigenerational relations, ethnic and racial differences, early precursors to later life functioning, adult development and aging, and comparative studies of social relations and health in the United States, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Japan.  Recently, she has become increasingly interested in how technology is influencing social relations and health.

She is on the Editorial Board of Innovations in Aging and edited the Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics; has been Associate Editor of Developmental Psychology and Editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.  She held several leadership positions in professional societies including President of both the Society for the Study of Human Development and Gerontology Society of America, Secretary-General of the International Association for Gerontology and Geriatrics. She is currently President of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development

 

Panelist Response

Kristine J. Ajrouch

Kristine J. Ajrouch, PhD is Director of the Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD). She is Professor of Sociology at Eastern Michigan University, and also Adjunct Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Her research has focused, for over twenty years, on Arab Americans beginning with ethnic identity formation among adolescent children of immigrants followed by the study of social relations, aging and health. Dr. Ajrouch is currently leading two research projects around Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the Arab American community. The first, funded by the National Institute of Aging, aims to establish prevalence levels of AD among Arab Americans aged 65 and older in the metro Detroit area. The second, funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, will adapt an AD caregiver intervention program to meet the needs of Arab American families.

 

Norvena Wilson

Norvena Wilson has been in the aging field since 2012. She is the Program Director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education at Community Social Services of Wayne County (CSSWC). Recently, Norvena launched a pilot program to engage socially isolated homebound retirees in Wayne County called the Silver Center. The program, which runs from December 2019 to May 2020, thinks beyond the walls of a traditional senior center. The Silver Center utilizes technology to offer group classes and social activities.

Prior to her current position, Norvena served on the leadership team at St. Patrick Senior Center, the largest senior center in Detroit. During her time at the center, she developed and launched Strides for Seniors and Passport To Health. Strides for Seniors is an awareness and fundraising campaign held during national Senior Center Month in collaboration with 15 Detroit senior centers/programs. Passport To Health is a wellness incentive program to increase participation in the center’s various health and wellness activities and classes. The program has since been adopted and implemented by the Detroit Area Agency of Aging.

A native Detroiter, Norvena has an MBA from Michigan State University and a Gerontology certificate from Wayne State University.

 

Xiaoling Xiang

Xiaoling Xiang conducts community-based services research concerning the physical and mental health of diverse older populations. She is particularly interested in psychosocial approaches to promoting mental health and enhancing the quality of life in older adults. Her current research aims to harness the power of technology and paraprofessionals in delivering mental health treatments to homebound older adults

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