Key note speaker: Dr. Rosemarie Lamm, The New Century Health: An Elder Ready Odyssey
Conference highlights areas of scholarship:
Dr. Rosemarie Lamm, A Transdisciplinary Health Initiative for Elders in the Community
Dr. Amy Shaver, Assessing Resources among Elders in Poor Rural Communities
Dr. Lisa Harmon, Rural Dedicated Education Unit- A Clinical Best Practice Model
Poster and Oral Presentations
Topic areas: Research, Professional Service Based Learning, Identification of Health Risks and Ensuing Health Promotion, Healthy Life for Rural Elders
About the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Rosemarie Lamm
Rosemarie Santora Lamm, Ph.D., Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, and
Licensed Mental Health Counselor currently serves as Director of the Rath Senior ConNEXTions and Education Center. She earned her degree in Nursing from Buffalo General Hospital-University of Buffalo and her B.A. in Psychology from St. Leo University. Upon completing her undergraduate work, she earned a M,A. in Gerontology. She also completed a Master of Science in Nursing and is a certified Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Lamm continued her studies in Medical Anthropology earning a Ph.D.
Dr. Rosemarie Santora Lamm is a retired professor of Interdisciplinary Social Science and Gerontology at The University of South Florida-Lakeland and faculty member of the School of Aging Studies. She was the originator and Director of the Rath Senior ConNEXTions and Education Center at the University of South Florida-Lakeland. She received the O.D.K. teacher of the year award from Florida Southern College and the community “Woman of The Year” recognition.
Dr. Lamm obtained and was the Principal Investigator of a grant from The Retirement Research foundation of Chicago which enabled the establishment of the Rath Center in collaboration with USF and The Coalition on Aging Think Tank. Continuing the development of the Rath Center, Dr. Lamm obtained grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Johnson and Johnson /Society for the Arts in Healthcare.
As Director of the Rath Center, she coordinated research associated with aging, illness and community resources. The results of the longitudinal research have been presented at The Society for Applied Anthropology meetings yearly. In 2005 she presented the results at the 18’th Annual Meeting of the International Gerontological Congress in Brazil. Results were also presented at Gerontovida 99 in Cuba and The International and Interdisciplinary Health Research Symposium in China. Dr. Lamm continued her research and publications related to technology and “aging in place” which was presented in Germany, proceeded by publication of a chapter with co-authors in “E-Health, Assistive Technologies and Applications for Assisted Living: Challenges and Solutions”
Dr. Lamm is a Fellow of The Society for Applied Anthropology and has been nominated as a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She continues to mentor students who will study and work in the field of applied gerontology. Dr. Lamm has been teaching students in Nursing, Anthropology and Gerontology for 35 years. She has earned recognition in teaching and professional leadership. Dr. Lamm has been President of the Council on Nursing in Anthropology of The Society for Applied Anthropology and presently serves as Treasurer.
Dr. Lamm served as a board member of the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging for 17 years, serving as treasurer. She was chairperson of the Coalition on Aging Think Tank, moving it forward into a private non-profit organization. She currently serves on the Quality of Life Committee of Polk Vision and The Lakeland Vision Aging Committee. Presently she also serves on the Board of Directors of Florida Presbyterian Homes, while also coordinating programs with the Homes and the Rath Center enabling seniors to continue life long learning.