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Linda S. Noelker, PhD
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Dr. Noelker joined the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in 1974 and has served in a variety of capacities including Director of Research, Director of the Katz Policy Institute, and Senior Vice President. Dr. Noelker received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Case Western Reserve University, where she is currently an Adjunct Professor of Sociology. She also served as Editor–in–Chief of The Gerontologist, the leading scientific journal in applied aging research, practice, and policy, from 2002 through 2006. 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. In 2005 she received the ASA Award for exemplary contributions to the field of aging and the Distinguished Career in Gerontology Award from GSA. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging and Senior Outreach Services, and was recently elected President of the Board of Directors for the National Center for Creative Aging. In 2011, Dr. Noelker was inducted into Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.



Throughout her career, she has conducted research on family caregiving, nursing home residents, case management and home care services, and 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 in later life, the well–being of family caregivers, and the nature of social relationships in nursing homes.

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Music for Your Years: Improving Quality of Life in Alzheimer's Disease

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 5:44 PM

One of life's challenges is communicating with older adults in later stage Alzheimer's disease and finding ways to afford them some quality of life. In nursing homes they often are found slumped in wheelchairs, seemingly unresponsive or asleep. This situation is all too common and troubling for the staff who...

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The Arts Are Chocolate for the Brain

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 10:48 AM

This was one of Dr. Gene Cohen's favorite sayings. He was a gero-psychiatrist, research scientist, and author of the book, The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life. Dr. Cohen believed mature adults can improve their cognitive skills and overall health by participating in the performing...

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Staying Above Ground

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 2:15 PM

In my last blog I wrote about scientific evidence regarding the health benefits that mature adults derive from participating in creative and performing arts programs. Since this is the case, some may wonder if older professional artists have better health and well being. Are they poor as church...

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How the Arts Can Improve Your Health

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 6:13 PM

The baby boomers are going to find arts programs more engaging and fulfilling ways to maintain their health, either as an alternative or complement to medications and medical treatments. An increasing body of research shows that participating in creative and performing arts programs has beneficial effects on your health and...

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