Bill Thomas, Erickson School, in Social Work Today

“Talking about, reading about, or just thinking about the changes that accompany late life is difficult for most people,” notes the Erickson School’s Bill Thomas in the current issue of Social Work Today, “[But] the development of a new perspective on age and aging is both necessary and possible.” In “What Is Old Age For?” Thomas explores aging as a natural, gradual process that involves “the steady emergence of new gifts and capacities.”

In addition to teaching in UMBC’s Erickson School, Thomas is the founder of the Eden Alternative program and Green House initiative, which have promoted the de-institutionalization of nursing homes, replacing them with small, home-like environments that support a full and interactive life. Thomas has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, NPR and the Baltimore Sun. He blogs at


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