Community Based Researcher
Kirsten Cruikshank has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UMD. She joins the CERDAR research team with a background in community-based work with older adults and family caregivers. Kirsten directed a nonprofit Home and Community Based Services organization in rural NE MN for fifteen years, helping older adults live independently. Most recently she worked with the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging (AAA) on service development under the statewide Eldercare Development Partnership Program. While at the AAA she also managed Older Americans Act supportive services grants in the 7-county NE MN area.