Address: Heartlands Senior Living Village, 3004 North Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Speakers: Dr. Judah Ronch, Dean, Erickson School of Aging (UMBC)
Topic: Designing for Elders: Knowing How They Know the World
About Our Speaker:
Dr. Ronch is currently Professor and Dean of the Erickson School at The University of Maryland Baltimore County, where he is responsible for the academic and financial affairs of the first of its kind professional school that prepares managers and leaders to work in aging services. He earned his BA degree in Psychology from Hunter College, CUNY, in 1966 and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Yeshiva University in 1972. He is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
Previously he was Vice President of Resident Ife, Mental Health and Wellness for Erickson Retirement Communities, where he developed resident service and staff education programs to optimize the mental wellness of all residents across 18 communities with over 20,000 residents.
Prior to coming to Erickson in 2004, Dr. Ronch was the founder and Executive Director of LifeSpan DevelopMental Systems, which for over 30 years created numerous innovative programs of clinical service, research, staff development systems consultation and organizational development to meet the mental health needs of the aging in various parts of the United States.
He is the former Executive Director of the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College,in New York City and has been on the faculties of Vassar College and The University of Miami.
Dr. Ronch’s publications include Alzheimer’s Disease: A practical guide for families and other helpers and The Counseling Sourcebook: A practical reference on contemporary issues, winner of the 1995 Catholic Press Association of the United States Book Award. He is co-editor of, Mental Wellness in Aging: Strength Based Approaches, winner of a 2004 Mature Media Award, Culture Change in Long-Term Care, and Making the Case for Culture Change (in preparation). His numerous journal articles and professional presentations include contributions in psychotherapy and counseling with the aged, care of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders, caregiver issues, staff training and service delivery issues in geriatric care.
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