Mercedes Bern-Klug

Hartford Geriatric Social Work Scholar

Mercedes Bern-Klug is an Associate Professor specializing in gerontology, with a focus on long-term services and supports for older persons and persons with disabilities. Previously, Bern-Klug was the Director of the School of Social Work.

Her research is in long-term care and advanced chronic illness and includes working with family members who share medical decision-making responsibilities with nursing home residents. She is a Fulbright Scholar, Hartford Faculty Scholar, former Alzheimer’s Disease support group leader and an Honoring Your Wishes facilitator, and she serves on the leadership team of the National Nursing Home Social Work Network.

Research areas
  • Gerontology; Demography; Long-term care; Psychosocial issues in advanced chronic illness; Nursing home social work; End-of-life issues; Funeral arrangements; Creative writing for social workers; Aging; Global Aging; Longevity; End of life; Social work
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