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Zhang: Blending a career in IT with gerontology studies to improve the aging experience

The way she sees it, Kunyu Zhang has climbed a few mountains in her career. Not literal ascents, but long journeys just the same. After earning degrees in physics and applied physics in her native Beijing, she came to the… Continue Reading →

Pension Action Center’s early leaders reflect on history of ‘concrete victories’

As the Gerontology Institute’s Pension Action Center (PAC) celebrates its 30th anniversary, the center counts more than $70 million in retirement benefits recovered for more than 11,000 clients across its service area of New England and Illinois. Ellen Bruce and… Continue Reading →

Gerontology faculty earn Manning College awards

Sung Park, assistant professor of gerontology, and Richard Viskochil, assistant professor of exercise and health science, received the Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ Interdisciplinary Research Award (MIRA) for their project, Linking Physical Activity to Cognitive Functioning: Examining Alternative… Continue Reading →

Hernandez appointed to coalition studying dementia care strategies for City of Boston

The Boston Public Health Commission has named UMass Boston gerontology doctoral student Adriana Hernandez to its Boston BOLD Stakeholder Coalition. Hernandez, who holds the university’s inaugural Frank Caro Scholarship for Social Justice in Aging, will help shape the City of… Continue Reading →

Pension Action Center’s fraud summit educates attendees on fighting prevalent fraud and scams

More than 250 guests attended a “Summit to Fight Fraud” organized by the Gerontology Institute’s Pension Action Center at UMass Boston on March 19, 2024. The event, sponsored by Investor Protection Trust and co-presented by the Massachusetts Securities Division, featured… Continue Reading →

Study: Older adults with visual and/or hearing impairments demonstrated resilience during pandemic

Just before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, Shu Xu started having trouble seeing. Several eye surgeries left the gerontology doctoral candidate unable to move around much or do daily work. Then the pandemic hit, prolonging the time she needed to… Continue Reading →

UMass Boston joins Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research as affiliate

UMass Boston has begun a five-year partnership with the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (CRR) as an affiliated research institution, a collaboration that opens opportunities for UMass Boston researchers and students. In the first year of the partnership,… Continue Reading →

After COVID-19, will states continue to invest in Medicaid home and community-based services?

When COVID-19 infiltrated nursing homes and exacerbated long-term care workforce shortages, the federal government responded. In 2021, President Biden signed into law a one-year increase of the Medicaid matching rate for home and community-based services (HCBS) as part of the… Continue Reading →

Pension Action Center to offer education sessions on SECURE 2.0’s pension overpayment protections

For decades, retirees receiving private or federal pensions have been vulnerable to an odd threat: overpayment of their benefits. A retiree who should be receiving $500 each month, for example, might have actually received $575 monthly for the last 15… Continue Reading →

Justice in Aging creates fellowship with LTSS Center to focus on data and equity

Justice in Aging, a national legal advocacy nonprofit that fights senior poverty through law, has formed an innovative partnership with the Gerontology Institute’s LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston to support research while enhancing the nonprofit’s capacity to interpret data. The… Continue Reading →

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