Professor and Director
University of Hawaii Center on Aging
What drew you to the field of aging or gerontology?
I was working in a chronic care hospital. While I did observe examples of good care, what I also observed often broke my heart. The insensitivities to those who are older and vulnerable that I saw lead me to this desire to improve care to older marginalized populations
What is your specialty or area of interest?
My research and scholarship focused on frail and vulnerable populations--with special attention to older women, ethnic minority elders, and the very old.
How do ASA's resources and education help you with your work?
ASA is an invaluable resource--keeping me up-to-date on practice, policy and research trends in the field. I find the annual meetings also inspirational. There are so many bright, creative and committed individuals in the field. I get renewed and energized attending and learning from the many conference presenters who are making a difference in people's lives every day.