Intersection of Aging and the Arts for Health and Wellbeing

April 28, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Hillman Hall, Clark-Fox Forum, Danforth Campus

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 16th Annual Friedman Lecture & Awards to explore the benefits of participation in the arts for improving health and wellbeing among older adults.

Linda Noelker Slides (.pdf)
Photo album
Video (available soon)


About the Keynote Speaker

Linda S. Noelker, PhD

Dr. Noelker is an adjunct professor of sociology at Case Western University. She began her career as an applied aging researcher at the Benjamin Rose Institute in its Margaret Blenkner Research Institute in 1974. She became the research director in 1986 and the director of the Katz Policy Institute in 2007, which was named in honor of Dr. Sidney Katz. She was also the Senior Vice President for Planning and Organizational Resources. Dr. Noelker retired from the Institute in June 2015.

Throughout her career, she has conducted research on the nature and effects of family care for frail elders, patterns of service use by older adults and their family caregivers, and sources of stress and job satisfaction among direct care workers. Dr. Noelker has published widely in professional journals on the support networks of older adults, quality of life, the well-being of family caregivers, predictors of service use, and the nature of social relationships in nursing homes.

Dr. Noelker has served on the board of the National Center of Creative Aging from 2007 until 2015, including a service as board president. She has also served as Editor-in-Chief of The Gerontologist, the leading scientific journal in applied aging research, practice, and policy. She has held leadership positions in the American Society on Aging (ASA) and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the two major professional societies in the field of aging.


Suzanne Doyle, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Gerontology Program, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Sheila Suderwalla, Executive Director, Artists First
Allison Taylor, Head of Education and Community Engagement, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum


8:30 am: Coffee and Check-in
9:00 am: Welcome and Presentation of the Friedman and Kopolow Awards
9:30 am: Keynote and Panel Discussion
11:00 am: Poster Session and Refreshments

Location and Parking

The Clark-Fox Forum is located in Hillman Hall at the Brown School, on the corner of Forsyth Blvd. and Hoyt Drive. More details

Off-campus visitors are encouraged to printout and display this parking pass on your dashboard.

The closest MetroLink stop is the Skinker station, located at Forest Park Parkway and N. Skinker Blvd. (on the Blue Line).

Event Sponsors: Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health

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