Gain knowledge and skills to improve the lives of older adults.
As an Aging Studies student, you will be prepared to address the growing and evolving concerns of an aging population. Gain skills, promote positive aging, and help older adults retain their health and well-being so they can achieve their highest potential.
You will experience the appreciation of older clients as you assist them in gaining benefits, finding appropriate housing, acquiring health and technology literacy, and accessing needed services. To achieve this goal, you will learn about the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual aspects of growing older in American society.
You’ll sharpen your communication and critical thinking skills, and graduate prepared to find and master a rewarding career working in the aging field.
|Community health worker|
|Life enrichment director|
|Residential housing administrator|
|Senior center director|
|Area Agency on Aging 1-B|
|Brookdale Senior Living|
|Civic Park Senior Center – Livonia|
|Clinton Twp. Senior Adult Life Ctr.|
|Jewish Senior Life|
|Marywood Nursing Center|
|Presbyterian Villages of Michigan|
|The Senior Alliance|
|University of Detroit Mercy|
|University of Michigan|
|Wayne State University|
Associate Professor, Chair, Population Health and Aging
Graduate Program Director, MPH and MSSLA
Ph.D. Miami University
M.S. Miami University
734-432-5531, DiPonio #111
Dr. Denise Brothers has been a faculty member of the Aging Studies Department since 2013. She holds a M.S. in Exercise and Health Studies and a Ph.D. in Social Gerontology, both from Miami University of Ohio. She also earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, School of Business Administration.
She teaches the introductory course in aging studies, psychology and aging, global aging, educational program planning, and programs and services for older adults. Her professional interests include understanding how race, class, and gender impact later-life outcomes, such as health, wealth, and social networks. Her research has included exploring how changing demographics and marital patterns are altering the ways in which older men and women are forming and maintaining new relationships in later life.
Earlier in her career, she assisted with a number of research projects on long-term care services and support in the state of Ohio. This research included a qualitative study on the experiences of consumers and caregivers receiving home-and-community based services as well as identifying current and future capacity needs for long-term care. She also engages in public scholarship through her participation on advisory groups within Michigan’s aging network.
Master of Public Health & Graduate Specialist in Aging Certificate University of Michigan
M.A. University of Detroit Mercy
Ms. Sue-Anne Sweeney has been a faculty member of the Aging Studies Department since 2005, previously the Chair from 2009-2013. In addition to her academic credentials, she is certified as a senior human resources professional with both national HR certification bodies.
Ms. Sweeney teaches courses in physical aging, psychology and mental health of older adults, care management, and professional development for aging services. Her professional interests include negotiating the psychological challenges of later life, positive aging, family caregiving, later life family dynamics, the interrelationship of mind and body in promoting health or illness, and organizational development and change management.
Her research has focused on institutional concerns such as academic advising and faculty research. She also engages in public scholarship through her participation on non-profit boards and advisory groups, and community and professional education. She maintains the Madonna gerontology blog at madonnaugerontology.wordpress.com