School of Health and Applied Human Sciences

Dr. Anne P. Glass, Ph.D., Professor and Program Coordinator

Anne Glass

Dr. Anne P. Glass, Ph.D., is a leading researcher in the new field of senior cohousing and other elder self-directed intentional communities. Dr. Glass has collected data at six of the first elder cohousing communities in the U.S. and completed a longitudinal study at one community from 2006-2016. She especially focuses on the potential for older adults to provide mutual support to each other. She is also interested in ways that communities can facilitate this process and be more age friendly, and in how older adults decide to age in place or make a move.

Recent publications include, A conceptual model for aging better together intentionally, Resident-managed elder intentional neighborhoods: Do they promote social resources for older adults? and Innovative seniors housing and care models: What we can learn from the Netherlands. She has presented her research at several national and international conferences, and she received the CHHS Distinguished Researcher 2018 award. Her work reflects her global perspective.

Dr. Glass came to UNCW after 10 years at the University of Georgia, where she was the Associate Director of the Institute of Gerontology and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the College of Public Health. Her other major research focuses on promoting innovation in long-term care settings and improving end-of-life care. Dr. Glass also speaks frequently on the topics of death, dying and bereavement, and she is trained as a hospice volunteer.

She received her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Environmental Design and Planning with a graduate certificate in gerontology, and she worked for several years in Virginia in a variety of roles, including in government agencies, as a researcher at the Center for Gerontology at Virginia Tech, and for 10 years with a large healthcare system.