University of Washington Social Work Professor Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen directs the school’s Institute for Multigenerational Health and in 2014 launched the university’s Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence, which trains social workers to better address problems of older adults. She has focused much of her scholarship on communities that too often get overlooked, such as LGBT and American Indian communities. She is lead researcher of the National Health, Aging and Sexuality Study: Caring and Aging with Pride over Time, the firstnational longitudinal study on the lack of quality health care for LGBT adults aged 50 and older. The study, funded by a federal grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Aging, is also examining their health of the older adults’ caregivers.
We must ensure that they have opportunities to emerge from the margins
Learning to not throw in the towel when the unexpected happens