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Clare Luz, Ph.D.

Luz is an assistant professor in the Geriatrics and Gerontology Program, MSU College of Human Medicine. Her primary area of research is in long-term care health services. Additional areas of interest include aspects of functional health and long-term care that have an impact on optimal aging for vulnerable older adults such as falls and assistive devices, dementia, hospice and palliative care, nursing homes, person-environment fit, and the intersection of art, culture and medicine. She was awarded the 2012 Harry J. Kelley award given annually by the Michigan Society of Gerontology (MSG) to honor outstanding practitioners in the field of aging who have provided significant leadership in support of the elderly on a local, state, and national level; and who exemplify integrity in their profession. She has been active with the MSU Museum in a variety of projects connecting arts and health – served as a consultant to the museum’s ElderheART program, is a co-curator of the Arts and Health program area of the Great Lakes Folk Festival, has helped build collections of arts and health materials, and is co-author with two MSU Museum staff on Quilts and Health (forthcoming Indiana University Press, 2017).