Concordia University Chicago’s Center for Gerontology hosted a lecture by June Andrews, Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom Stirling University, Scotland.
The event was held on Tuesday, June 28, at 2 p.m., in Christopher Center, Room 200 on the University’s main campus in River Forest, IL. The event was presented in cooperation with the Scottish Home and the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter.
Professor Andrews, RMN, RGN, FRCN, discussed worldwide best care practices for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She also discussed and signed her book, When Someone You Know Has Dementia: Practical Advice for Families and Caregivers. As Director of the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre for over a decade, Andrews has made a profound impact on health care in the U.K. and worldwide. Professor Andrews was joined by local experts Melissa Tucker, Director, Helpline and Support Services at the Alzheimer’s Association; Raj C. Shah, MD, Rush University; and Julie Bach, PhD, MSW, Dominican University on a panel to discuss the cross-cultural implications of dementia.
“June Andrews is a refreshing force of nature—smart, politically astute, amusing and possessed of a razor-sharp intellect,” says Dr. John Holton, Director of CUC’s Center for Gerontology. “Her exceptional knowledge and background perfectly complements the new Alzheimer’s-focused initiatives being developed by the Center for Gerontology.”
Andrews supports other health and social care teams as a coach and mentor, and has led successful teams for three decades. In 2011, she gained recognition for her international work through the Robert Tiffany Award, and was presented in Philadelphia with the first-ever Founders’ Award of the British American Project, of which she is a Fellow and advisory board member. She received the Chief Nursing Officers’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, and in 2013 she was listed in the Health Services Journal as one of the 50 most inspirational women in health care and separately as one of the 100 most influential clinicians in England. Most recently, she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom, the highest honor that the RCN can bestow.