When Laura Guluzzy started the Human Services program at NDNU, she was interested in one thing: gerontology. The problem was that we didn’t offer a single gerontology class at the time. That didn’t stop her: she worked with each teacher to make every assignment about a gerontological topic; as she told me, even when she took her required Culture and Language class, she got approval from Dr. Davis to do her final paper on the Business Environment of French Aging Services.
Laura graduated from NDNU in 2011 and then went to SFSU for her Master’s degree in gerontology. Now Laura has written a book! From the amazon.com description:
“Inside Grammie’s Closet is a caregiving memoir by a grand-daughter, turned M.A. Gerontologist, that is laced with humor, old-time stories and grand memories. Grammie was the daughter of a suffragette, once a Flapper in the Roaring Twenties, associated with celebrities, was a horsewoman, a catalyst for aging legislation, and said that she “always was a star…just now, everyone else is finding out.” Together they face many of Grammie’s medical issues, including dementia and cardiac illnesses. Inside Grammie’s Closet includes a 21-tip Guide for Caregivers, and respite caregivers. It is a resource for caregivers, families, friends, business people, and students who face caregiving issues in their lives. The aging journey isn’t for the faint at heart but in can be viewed with acceptance and dignity as this book reveals. Aging isn’t a matter of if, but a matter of when, and Inside Grammie’s Closet weaves the tale of how one grand-daughter, and her gracious grandmother went through the aging journey together.”
Impressive! But wait, there’s more! Laura also helps to host a program on Hawai’i’s big island’s public access television station, Na Leo O Hawaii Community Public Television. She is part of an Aging Wellness series with Dr. Denisa Maruyama and Lisa Moore, RN (Compassionate Home Care).
Rumor has it that alumni Taran Alexander and Wilbur Hurley recently visited her in Hawai’i and saw her in action. Laura is doing wonderful things for her community and the field of gerontology and we are so thrilled to celebrate her achievements.