A Tribute to Sylvia Sherwood, PhD 1925–2022

TitleA Tribute to Sylvia Sherwood, PhD 1925–2022
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsMor V, Morris JN
JournalThe Journals of Gerontology: Series B
ISBN Number1079-5014
Accession NumberPMID:35907243

Dr. Sylvia Sherwood entered the field of Gerontology in the early 1960s, joining with the other luminaries of that era in laying the foundation for a new field of research in the social sciences. Among her contemporary colleagues were Powell Lawton, Ruth Bennett, Elaine Brody, Sidney Katz, Don Kent, George Maddox, and Robert Morris. For Sylvia, this new field was based on concern for the person’s life course and the quality of their lives.A graduate of the New York University, Medical Sociology Department, Sylvia came to Massachusetts in the early 1960s to grapple with the applied problems facing the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged (as Hebrew SeniorLife [HSL] was known then) and to address fundamental questions like who should enter a nursing home and when and what services and resources did they need in a facility or if they remained at home?