It is with a heavy heart that Mr. Bridgewater must inform you of the passing of former DAAA staff member, Gloria Hicks Long. Ms. Long served as Chief Operating Officer until her retirement in 2013. In this capacity, she was responsible for internal office operations, information and assistance, as well as strategic planning. She also had primary leadership responsibility for the agency’s legislative and advocacy activities. Ms. Long began her career at the Detroit Area Agency on Aging in 1983 as a Program Planning Consultant and had served as Advocacy Specialist, Care Management Director, Mature Workers Director, Senior Administration Director and Deputy Director.
Ms. Long held a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University, a Master’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University, and gerontology certification from Wayne State University. She was an instructor in the Gerontology Department at Wayne County Community College and a consultant to the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Ms. Long’s key professional memberships and affiliations included the American Red Cross, Detroit Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Karmanos Cancer Institute and Zonta International.
Ms. Long devoted her second career in service and advocacy for the elderly, adults with disabilities, family caregivers and the under-served; she committed her life to helping others live their lives to the maximum.