“Plus, she understands our mission on a very personal level, having 10 years of experience as a family caregiver for a loved one with dementia,” Massey said.
At the Stanford Center on Longevity, Yotopoulos led the Mind division, which focuses on research on cognitive health and the exploitation of human capital in the elderly. The Caregiving Center at the new Stanford Hospital is a lounge, health library and referral center for patients and their families, as well as the general public.
Yotopoulos said she became interested in the issues of aging as an undergraduate student at Stanford, where she took classes with psychologist Laura Carstensen, founding director of Stanford’s Center on Longevity, and graduated with honors in psychology. She then obtained a master’s degree in gerontology from the University of Southern California.
At Avenidas, she replaces Amy Andonian, who served from 2014 until her departure last fall. John Sink, vice president of programs, is interim president.
Avenidas operates an adult enrichment center and a Chinese community center, both in Palo Alto, as well as an adult daycare, known as the Rose Kleiner Center, in Mountain View. For more information on the agency, visit avenidas.org.