AgingSmart Blog

Making A Connection

Have you been struggling with the flood of social media sites for day-to-day communications? In my work as a professor of Social Work, I see person-to-person contacts lagging while network-to-network social connections multiply. With technological advances our contemporary society is more connected than ever. Connecting with others and recognizing their needs, and our own, providesContinue reading “Making A Connection”

Thoughts on Care Transitions During COVID 19

Helping transition someone, such as a family member or friend, from their home to a facility is often difficult and complex, especially during the COVID 19 pandemic. Even the mere decision to transition can result in a lengthy and tumultuous process that requires a great deal of thinking, evaluating, researching and understanding. This experience can require bothContinue reading “Thoughts on Care Transitions During COVID 19”

How Are You?

The COVID 19 pandemic has created a series of “new normals” for everyone.  For example, the new normal of wiping our groceries to rid leftover germs. The new normal for socializing-outside and at a distance. The new normal of wearing a mask.  These “new normals” that are a part of daily life today can bring upContinue reading “How Are You?”


Lauren Snedeker, DSW, LSW, LMSW

Lauren Snedeker is an Assistant Professor of Teaching and Coordinator for the MSW Certificate in Aging and Health Program at Rutgers School of Social Work.  Her areas of practice and scholarly interests focus on the aging experience, mental health during older adulthood and caregiving.  She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University and Doctorate in Social Work from Rutgers School of Social Work.  Over the course of her career, she has worked in diverse settings serving the older adult population, such as hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers and privately by conducting home visits.  She has experience working with individuals, families and caregivers.