Frances Shani Parker is an award-winning writer, eldercare consultant, hospice volunteer, and former school principal. She is author of Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes, a groundbreaking account of her insights and experiences in Detroit, Michigan nursing homes and eldercare in general. She includes the often-missing voices of urban older adults, especially those of people of color.
Parker also writes popular Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog including topics on aging, eldercare, hospice, nursing homes, dementia, caregiving, death, and bereavement. You can read her blog in various languages, search for topics, and subscribe to it. An excellent featured speaker locally and nationally and a successful workshop facililtator, Parker serves on the board of the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University in Detroit.
An innovative educator, she has consulted in various school districts in America on schoolwide service-learning, a teaching and learning approach that connects classroom learning with meeting community needs. Under her principalship, her school became a national model implementing classroom action research related to school partnerships with nursing homes and other community organizations.
Among many awards she has received are writing awards from Writer's Digest, the Poetry Society of Michigan, the Detroit Writer's Guild, Broadside Press, and the New Orleans Public Library. Education awards include the National Service-Learning Trailblazer Award presented by the National Service-Learning Partnership for her role in expanding service-learning in schools and communities in America, the Educator of the Year Award presented by the Wayne State University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, an international professional fraternity for educators, and Outstanding Education Administrator Award presented by the Metropolitan Detroit Alliance of Black School Educators.
Her areas of expertise for speaking engagements and workshops are hospice, end-of-life concerns, bereavement, eldercare, urban nursing homes, healthcare disparities, caregiving, education, administration, service-learning, volunteering, and writing.
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Blog topics include news, practices, research, poems, stories, and interviews. Hospice and palliative care, nursing homes, dementia, caregiving, death, bereavement, and older adult information are examined. Images and videos are used often. You can read her blog in various languages.
View a television interview with host Anne Marie Gattari and Frances Shani Parker on Aging Well in America. Topics include hospice, nursing homes, volunteering, caregiving, dementia, and intergenerational partnerships.