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Photo album: May 2023 ceremony for graduate students

We celebrated five new gerontology PhDs and our newest Management of Aging Service master’s degree holders at the UMass Boston graduate commencement ceremony on May 24, 2023. (Not pictured: Ngai Kwan, PhD ’23.) Learn more about our newest doctoral alumni… Continue Reading →

Honoring older adults

Each May, the Administration for Community Living leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. For May 2023, UMass Boston Gerontology joined in the celebration by sharing stories of some of our favorite older adults. Betty-Jane ScheffLincoln, Massachusetts “Aunt B-J… Continue Reading →

Mentor, researcher, friend: Gerontology professor Nina Silverstein retires

Nina M. Silverstein, PhD, professor of gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, will retire on May 31, 2023. Highlights of Silverstein’s three decades at UMass Boston include mentoring hundreds of students, co-authoring three books, and spearheading research on aging… Continue Reading →

New Elder Index report finds high levels of economic insecurity among Massachusetts’ older residents

Massachusetts is home to the nation’s highest percentage of older adults living alone who are unable to afford basic necessities without extra assistance, according to new research from UMass Boston’s Gerontology Institute. Nearly three-fifths, or 57 percent, of adults age… Continue Reading →

Quach, PhD ’17, wins 5-year VA award to study home care for older veterans with dementia

Quach, PhD ’17, wins five-year VA research award to study home care and family caregiving for older veterans with dementia The Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Services Research and Development has awarded Emma D. Quach, PhD ’17, with a five-year career… Continue Reading →

Department awards four doctoral students for scholarship and service

The Department of Gerontology at UMass Boston has awarded four doctoral students with annual departmental honors. The 2022-2023 honorees are: The Book Award Committee chose Taylor Jansen, PhD ‘23, for the 2022-2023 Book Award based on her dissertation, “Town-Level Risk… Continue Reading →

Gerontology doctoral program sends off five new PhDs

Congratulations to the five gerontology doctoral students who successfully defended their dissertations this year. We will celebrate them May 24, 2023, at UMass Boston’s graduate commencement ceremony and doctoral hooding. “We are very proud of these graduates,” says Kathrin Boerner,… Continue Reading →

Healthy aging data reports expand scope, footprint

Data for Mississippi and Wyoming contrasts with highly populated New England states For more than a decade, a team of UMass Boston gerontology researchers has been producing detailed reports tracking data related to healthy aging for New England states. The… Continue Reading →

Report: Most older Americans can’t afford a financial shock

A new analysis by the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston and the National Council on Aging finds that 80 percent of older Americans—47 million—continue to be unable to sustain a financial shock such as needing to pay for long-term care… Continue Reading →

Meet a researcher: Jaqueline Contrera Avila, PhD

It’s been a busy and productive first year for Jaqueline Contrera Avila, PhD, an assistant professor of gerontology who joined UMass Boston in August 2022. In addition to preparing for and teaching two classes, she has expanded her research on… Continue Reading →

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