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Institute Director Jan Mutchler discusses public engaged scholarship on diversity and equity

Reposted from a May 16, 2022 UMass Boston news post In August 2021, Jan Mutchler, PhD, was appointed director of the Gerontology Institute, succeeding former director Len Fishman, who retired after seven years of service. In considering how she may… Continue Reading →

For lifelong learners, OLLI offers free talks, workshops this summer

Explore history, politics, art, and more topics as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UMass Boston offers online and in-person presentations and workshops this summer. The programs are free to OLLI members and prospective members, age 50 and older,… Continue Reading →

Interdisciplinary UMass Boston team leads research on Age-Friendly Universities

In 2017, UMass Boston became the third American university to join the AFU Global Network. In 2019, the five-campus University of Massachusetts system became the first university system to join the network. How well do universities meet the needs of… Continue Reading →

Fitzgerald to lead NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva at the United Nations

Kelly Fitzgerald, PhD ‘08, has been named chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing – Geneva at the United Nations. From her home in Zurich, Switzerland, she has served as the committee’s vice chair over the last eight years, working… Continue Reading →

Remembering Bing Chen, early pioneer of economic security for older adults

Yung-Ping “Bing” Chen, professor emeritus of gerontology at UMass Boston, passed away on May 10, 2022. Widely recognized for his work on economic security for the aged, Bing Chen had a distinguished career in academia and as a government adviser…. Continue Reading →

CSDRA helping senior centers transform, meet residents’ needs at record levels

The trope about senior centers being the place you go for bingo and a hot lunch has been outdated for years, but especially so ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Challenged to keep their communities of older people connected, informed,… Continue Reading →

Journal dedicates special issue in memory of Frank Caro

Articles honor Caro’s research focus on age-friendly communities The newest issue of the Journal of Aging & Social Policy (JASP) is dedicated to the memory of Frank Caro, PhD, the long-time editor of the journal, professor emeritus of gerontology at… Continue Reading →

Frank Caro scholarship fund may grow to two doctoral awards

A doctoral scholarship fund created in 2021 by the Gerontology Institute and Department of Gerontology at UMass Boston is growing quickly, surpassing its original goal and opening the possibility of offering awards to two doctoral students. The scholarship honors Frank… Continue Reading →

Elder Index: Social Security benefits still don’t cover basic living expenses for many older Americans

The National Council on Aging’s Equity in Aging Collaborative will work with the Gerontology Institute to train advocates on using the Elder Index for more accurate, regionally specific benchmarks of economic security. Nearly a quarter of all Americans age 65… Continue Reading →

Meet a researcher: Pamela Nadash

Pam Nadash calls it “pure happenstance” that she landed as a faculty member in the UMass Boston gerontology department. But her career in nonprofits and public policy—combined with a PhD in public health and political science and her predilection for… Continue Reading →

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