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Martha Holstein  

Martha has spent nearly 30 years working in the field of aging.

She directed a start-up RSVP program in 1973, went on to work for the San Francisco Commission on Aging, and then as the Associate Director of the American Society on Aging. In these positions she developed a keen interest in public policy, especially as it related to health and long-term care. Her emerging interest in ethics and aging led to work with the Hastings Center and finally to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas where she completed her Ph.D. in Medical Humanities in 1996.

Trying to merge the theoretical with the practical, Martha has worked with ethics teams in nursing homes, has consulted with agencies providing community-based services to older people, and has developed a comprehensive training program for frontline workers in home care and adult day services. Her most recent book, co-edited with Phyllis Mitzen, is Ethics in Community-Based Elder Care. A frequent author and speaker, she focuses on midlife and older women, feminist ethics, ethics in long-term care, ethics and Alzheimer’s disease, and broader cultural themes, such as “successful aging,” that affect an elder’s self-image and sense of self. She continues her interest in public policy and organizational ethics.

When speaking, she particularly enjoys facilitating discussion that encourages participants to become consciously aware of their values and how these values affect their attitudes—and hence their actions--toward older people.


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