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January 13, 2018
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Building Academic Relationships in China to Address Growing Elder Population

This post originally appeared on the Gerontology Institute blog.

Professor Jan Mutchler with student Yu Mengting of Renmin University.

Professor Jan Mutchler with student Yu Mengting of Renmin University.

UMass Boston Gerontology professors Jeffrey Burr and Jan Mutchler delivered presentations at a conference hosted by China’s Remin University and other organizations in December. That was not especially big news.

But their speeches, as well as social events organized around the visit to China, were important just the same. Their trip was the latest of many small steps the Department of Gerontology at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School has taken to build academic relationships in a country with one of the world’s biggest and fastest growing elder populations.

“This initiative is part of our effort to ‘look outward’ beyond the boundaries of the United States when it comes to gerontology research, teaching, and service,” said Burr, the department chair. “Countries in East Asia, like China, provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about the aging process through different cultural, social, and economic lenses.” Continue reading.

September 29, 2017
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Kathrin Boerner Wins NIA Grant to Study Senior Child-Parent Relationship

This blog, written by Steven Syre, originally appeared on the Geronotology Institute blog.

Picture of Professor Kathrin Boerner, McCormack Graduate SchoolIncreasing longevity has given rise to a new phenomenon that was once considered rare: generations of family members reaching old age together.

Senior children and very old parents are not so unusual anymore. “And virtually nothing is known about the relationships of very old adults and their ‘old’ children,” said Kathrin Boerner, associate professor of gerontology at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School.

Boerner recently received a $419,855 grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the relationships of parents older than 95 with a child older than 65. Her work will examine the relationships of 120 such parent-child pairs. Read more.

April 12, 2017
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VIDEO: McCormack School Offers Accelerated Master’s Degree Programs

Mccormack graduatesThe John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies now offers accelerated master’s degree programs. UMass Boston undergraduates can now earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years in conflict resolution, gerontology, global comparative public administration, international relations, management of aging services, or public administration.

For highly-qualified students in the College of Liberal Arts and Honors College, this unique accelerated program allows students to finish their master’s degree in approximately half the time and at half the cost of a traditional two-year master’s program.

Eligible students will replace undergraduate electives with graduate coursework before matriculating as a graduate student to complete the master’s degree.

Watch this video to learn more.

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