pic of Jan MutchlerJan Mutchler is among 51 selections highlighted in The Boston Globe’s 2017 Game Changers publication, an annual compilation of “bright ideas and breakthroughs, inventions and innovations, people and places making waves in Boston.”

Mutcher, a professor of gerontology at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School, was featured by the Globe as a leader in the movement to make cities more conducive to healthy aging and her work in Boston to further that goal.

Supported by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, UMass Boston’s Gerontology Institute, Boston’s Elderly Commission, and AARP Massachusetts conducted multilingual surveys and neighborhood listening sessions to assess the needs of Boston’s aging population. “We were able to hear from more than 3,600 people,” said Mutchler, who leads the Gerontology Institute’s Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging. “We learned that people love this city and want to stay.”