Laura Vitkus

Program Coordinator, Arizona Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
Member, Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program Editorial Board
Scholar/Coordinator, Healthy Brain Research Network
  • Primary administrative support for Dr. Mindy Fain
  • Multi-faceted and indispensable member of support team for Arizona Center on Aging since 2011.
  • Project Coordinator, Editorial Board Member for Elder Care Provider Sheets, a product of the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program
  • Support team for Advances in Aging Lecture Series
  • Support team for THRIVE project

Student, MPH Program, College of Public Health, University of Arizona

HBRN Area(s) of Interest: How deafness in older adults in associated with cognitive impairment, and strategies to maintain cognition in deaf older adults, including assisting living best practices.:

Education: 

Bachelor of Arts, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA (2009)

Master of Public Health, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (2018)

Research Interest: 

Health Disparities in Aging
Living Well with Hearing Loss
Hearing Impairment and Social Isolation in the Elderly
Exercise for Falls Prevention As We Age
Preventing Elder Abuse
 

 

Publications: 

Vitkus, L., Stocker-Cioltan, H. & Marrone, N. (2017). Elder Care – A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Hearing Loss. Portal of Online Geriatrics.
Kushalnagar, P., Vitkus, L. (submitted). Social Health and Quality of Life in Older Deaf Signers.
Vitkus, L., Marrone, N. (submitted). Development of an Interprofessional Resource on the Effects of Hearing Loss on Cognitive Assessment. Abstract. Azheimer’s Association International Conference 2018. Chicago, IL.
Vitkus, L., Kushalnagar, P. (submitted). Social Health and Quality of Life in Older Deaf Signers. Abstract, American Public Health Association 2018 Conference. San Diego, CA.
Vitkus, L., Marrone, N., Glisky, E. (submitted). Elder Care – A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Hearing Loss and Cognitive Assessment. Portal of Online Geriatrics.

Current Professional Associations: 

Member, American Public Health Association
Member, Arizona Public Health Association
Member, National Assocation of the Deaf