Wayne State University

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Donna MacDonald

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Job Description

Donna began working at the Institute of Gerontology in May of 2006. Currently she is the Director of Community Outreach and Professional Development  for the Institute. Donna provides direction for the Art of Aging Conference, Issues in Aging Conference, Speaker's Bureau, Windows on the World of Aging, HBE learning series and the Healthier Black Elder's Health Reception.  The Institute is now offering several continuing education opportunities that Donna is at the helm of as well.   Her primary focus is to educate the senior population in a wide variety of topics, from Alzheimer's Research to Creative Aging Techniques and the professional population in how to take care of our aging adults.  Donna created a program, BrainStorm, a 12 month program on brain health for older adults.  This was developed with her co-worker, Cheryl Deep.  The outreach department feels it is imperative to bring our research to the forefront and arm seniors with the necessary information for them to make informed decisions about their futures and their health care needs. Donna has the ability to interact with the aging population in a positive and respectful manner, realizing they are the key to the health and longevity of future generations.


Donna holds a MA from Michigan State University with a major in marketing and personal administration and a minor in human studies.   Donna is also a certified dementia practitioner as well as a trainer for CDP.   


Donna also has a certificate in Medical Records Administration and Coding.