Karen Devereaux Melillo is an authority on the unique health-care and psychiatric needs of senior citizens and how nurses and family caregivers can best address those issues.
Melillo, director of UMass Lowell’s Center for Gerontology Research and Partnerships, is an award-winning teacher and researcher whose work is focused on the role of nurse practitioners in caring for older adults in primary care and long-term care settings.
She is also an expert on the challenges facing those who are caregivers for elderly parents and other family members. Melillo can offer insight into the stress and demands of being in that role for all adults, especially those who find themselves in “the sandwich generation” – who are caring for aging parents and raising children.
Melillo is the co-author of a one-of-a-kind textbook in use at colleges and universities around the country that teaches how to identify and care for the growing number of older adults who have mental health issues.
A UMass Lowell graduate, Melillo can discuss how the role of nurses is evolving and how nursing programs must prepare the next generation of professionals to meet the changing needs of patients and work in the rapidly changing health- care industry.