Ageism has direct implications on the lives of older adults. Efficient public policy and administration requires public officials to understand the changing demographics in the communities they serve. They should also be aware of the cultural biases in their societies and how these may affect policy outcomes.
Laura Keyes and Lisa Dicke
Laura Keyes, Ph.D. (Right) an ACIP certified planner, holds a position of Lecturer in Nonprofit Leadership Studies for the Department of Public Administration at the University of North Texas. Her doctoral dissertation examined Age Friendly Cities: the bureaucratic responsiveness effects on age friendly policy adoption. Prior to embarking on doctoral studies, Dr. Keyes served as the Manager of Community Planning and Development in Atlanta’s Area Agency on Aging. She served in multiple planning capacities in the areas of transportation, housing and aging. Dr. Keyes has served over 6 years as an active committee member of the American Society on Aging. She recently published her research specific to aging policy in Public Administration Quarterly (2017), the Journal of Administrative Theory and Praxis (2016), Journal of Ageing in Emerging Economies (2015), and Journal of Aging & Social Policy (2014). Lisa Dicke, Ph.D. (Left) is a Professor in the Department of Public Administration at the University of North Texas and serves as Interim Chair in the Department of Social Work (2017-18). Her published works include The Nature of the Nonprofit Sector and Understanding Nonprofit Organizations (2nd and 3rd editions), with J. Steven Ott, and Administrative Leadership in Public Administration, with Montgomery VanWart. She has numerous academic publications on public sector accountability and ethics, nonprofit management, and service learning pedagogy. Dr. Dicke teaches PhD and MPA students and is excited about the new undergraduate Nonprofit Leadership Studies degree opening in 2018.