Andrea Sherman, PhD
Andrea is a gerontologist, teacher, public speaker, trainer and choreographer. As an educator her focus extends to transforming long-term care, lifecycle transitions, creativity and aging, caregiving, and end of life. She is the Co-Founder and President of Transitional Keys, a wellness program that uses the “ritual response” to transform times of change and transition into opportunities for personal growth, insight and creativity. Andrea is the Co-Founder of Seasons of Care wellness tools that are specifically designed for caregivers using multi-arts expression to mitigate caregiver burnout.
She joined the National Center for Creative Aging as Senior Curriculum Director and consults for the Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium. She has presented numerous trainings, webinars, talks, and workshops throughout the country for more than 35 years. Andrea is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and the Gerontological Society of America and currently serves on the Caring Commission of United Jewish Appeal and the Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging and LEARN leadership Council of the American Society on Aging. Recently she completed the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care Program. She is Past Chair of the Humanities and Arts Committee of the Gerontological Society of America and Past President of the National Association of Geriatric Education Centers.
Dr. Sherman has authored numerous publications including the most recent White Paper which she co-authored the Older Adults section of “The Arts and Human Development: Framing A National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning, and Individual Well-Being, by the National Endowment for the Arts & U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her articles include publications in the American Holistic Nursing Journal, Generations, Spirituality and Health, Geriatric Nursing, and AACN Geriatric Nurse Curriculum.
Andrea speaks and presents often at national meetings on topics such as “Person Centered Care and the Use of Story”, “The Art of Creativity”, “Transitions and Growing Older”, “Transforming Long Term Care”, “Embrace the Moment: Creativity Matters”, “Rituals for Comfort and Hope”, “Lifelong Learning Through the Arts”, and “Honoring Caregivers.”
Her maternal grandmother Rena who taught her to “cook creatively” inspired her.