Barbara Bruce is an educator with a passion for teaching and learning. Barbara’s two fields of expertise, excitement and interest are the “Learning Brain” (knowing how the brain works enhances teaching strategies) and the “Aging Brain” (behavioral modifications to improve and extend the aging process). She has earned a BS in Education, an MS in Creative Studies and a Certificate in Gerontology.
Barbara is a nationally known speaker, curriculum writer, author of numerous articles and ten books including Mental Aerobics – 75 Ways to Keep Your Brain Fit, Our Spiritual Brain and 100 Days to Successful Aging, Triangular Teaching and “Start Here: Teaching and Learning With Adults”.
Barbara teaches locally in Rochester, NY in the Lifespan Gerontology Certificate Program, MVP, YMCA and SOFI (Senior Options for Independence). She has taught successful aging at the Chautauqua Institution, The Red Mountain Resort and Spa in Utah, Oasis, The Nassau County Office for the Aging, the JCC, Road Scholars (formerly Elderhostel) many assisted living complexes, churches, and senior organizations. She volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association in various teaching venues.
Barbara is honored to be the recipient of the Debra J. Mayberry Inspiration Award from the Alzheimer’s Association for her work with successful aging.
Barbara teaches at various levels of pastoral training in the field of Christian Formation and Older Adult Ministry. She teaches nationally at the Christian Engaging in Faith Formation (formally Christian Educator’s Fellowship) and served as Adjunct Field Staff for the (then) General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church.
Barbara serves as the North East Jurisdictional representative to, and co-chair of, the Committee on Aging and Older Adult Ministry for Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church.