Amy Hasselkus, MA, CCC-SLP, is a licensed and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)-certified speech-language pathologist. Amy obtained her MA in speech-language pathology from the University of Georgia and worked in a hospital in Harrisburg, PA, providing services to children and adults with speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. She then went to work for ASHA before getting a second MA in communication (with a focus on health communication) from George Mason University. She now teaches as an adjunct instructor at George Mason and a local community college and works on continuing education programs for speech-language pathologists.
Fayron Epps, PhD, RN, has been a registered nurse for 16 years. She recently completed her postdoctoral fellowship with the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. She is currently employed as an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University. Additionally, Dr. Epps serves as adjunct faculty with the Louisiana State University Life Course and Aging Center. She is an active member with numerous professional organizations, including the Gerontological Society of America, National Gerontological Nurses Association, and International Dementia Scholars Collaborative. Most recently she has been elected to the Board of Directors for Louisiana Enhancing Aging with Dignity through Empowerment and Respect (LEADER). Dr. Epps’ career goal as a nurse scholar is to promote health across the life span by increasing the quality of life for family caregivers and recognizing the multidimensional complexities of supporting older adults through nursing research, education, and service. Her program of research involves evidence-based practices for promoting quality of life for persons with dementia and their family caregivers. Dr. Epps has presented her research at local, regional, and national conferences. In addition, she has published in the Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, Geriatric Nursing, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, Research in Gerontological Nursing, and Journal of Research Practice.
Financial – The authors received an honorarium from Western Schools for this work.
Nonfinancial – No nonfinancial relationships disclosed by any authors.