Florence Dimitroff-Garcia

Caregiver-Gerontology Coordinator
Home Instead
Lorain, OH

What drew you to the field of aging or gerontology?
I have always felt that gerontology offered insight into the human condition in all its myriad complications and complex challenges. Studying anthropology gave me a window into how interesting peoples' stories are and how important it is to understand the human touch. Interaction has a huge impact on connections between people, and the elderly are the glue that makes it possible. Elderly people are very complex, complicated and so interesting!

What is your specialty or area of interest?
As a humanist, I like the idea of promoting older adults by debunking stereotypes. The marriage of anthropology, medicine, literature, gerontology and sociology is very exciting for me.

How do ASA's resources and education help you with your work?
Acquired knowledge is an asset for caregivers as advocates working with and assisting older adults. Resources such as those ASA offers bring people together. Their combined work with advocating for rights and networking for people and professionals in the field of gerontology is invaluable.

As an educated, Latina woman, I have been given an opportunity to be a stronger voice in the same mission as others in ASA. I find the common voice of those involved in ASA hopeful and full of promise—not a dark hole into which we all will fall.