Dr. Linda Keilman has been a nationally certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner since 1989 and teaching nursing since 1983. She has been a faculty member in the College of Nursing at MSU since 1992. Before entering the nursing profession, Dr. Keilman was an elementary school teacher. Dr. Keilman has worked as a nurse practitioner in a variety of settings; her current MSU Health Team practice is providing primary care for residents in long-term care. Function and quality of life are important components of her clinical practice. Dr. Keilman also consults with the Care Management Resource Center at the University of Michigan on a Blue Cross Blue Shield demonstration project for helping to keep frail older adults with co-morbid conditions living in their homes with the help of care management.
Dr. Keilman was the curriculum and content expert with the federally funded Geriatric Education Center of Michigan from 1995 - 2015, educating health care professionals in the state of Michigan on how to appropriately care for older adults. Dr. Keilman is working with the College of Osteopathic Medicine at MSU - developing a combination Family Practice/Internal Medicine Geriatric Fellowship curriculum. The curriculum is based on optimal aging from a holistic, person-centered approach and if federally funded. Additionally, Dr. Keilman and two colleagues from MSU Communication Arts & Sciences received funding from the Michigan Humanities Council for their project, The Living History Project: Stories Told by Michigan’s Oldest Old. Individuals 85 and older were interviewed and filmed, creating a documentary that was recently nominated for a Michigan Emmy. The team received a national Creative Works Showcase Award in August 2015. Dr. Keilman is a frequently invited speaker to national conferences and serves on several national aging boards and committees.