Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology
Amy Plant is a second year Graduate Research Assistant in Gerontology and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She graduated from YSU with a bachelor’s degree, dual-majoring in Psychology and Sociology in 2006, and returned to Youngstown State University to finish a third major in Gerontology in the spring of 2013, later enrolling in the Master’s Program in Gerontology. Additionally, Amy is the GSA Ambassador at YSU, as well as the AGHE student representative, serving on the Academic Programs and Public Policy Committees. She is a member of GSA, AGHE and OAGE, where she also serves on the Board and is a member of the Awards committee.
During her academic career at YSU, Amy has served as an intern with the ODA’s Scholars in Aging Program, the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging (Margaret Blenkner Research Institute), and the Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Chapter. Amy is a court-appointed Guardian and advocate of older adults and is a Silver Sneakers and Delay the Disease coordinator, instructor and program advisor. She works collaboratively with the ODA and Area Agency on Aging, Regions 9 and 11 as a Master Trainer for Chronic Disease Self-Management, Diabetes Self-Management and Matter of Balance for older adults.
Her research interests include family caregiving, Parkinson’s Disease, social and psychological determinants of health, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, active aging and health promotion, hospice and end-of-life issues, as well as epidemiology of aging and health disparities. Her LinkedIn profile is www.linkedin.com/in/aplant.
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