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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 →

Gerontology names Stokes, Song directors of graduate and undergraduate programs

The UMass Boston Department of Gerontology has named Jeffrey Stokes, PhD, assistant professor of gerontology and current director of the undergraduate aging studies program, as the graduate program director, overseeing the gerontology doctoral program. A quantitative sociologist, Stokes joined the… Continue Reading →

OLLI winter session offers free classes, movies, and more to jump-start new year 

Reading novels, doing crossword puzzles, and playing word games are good brain exercises, but they mostly use skills you already have. Learning something new—writing poetry, say, or learning how to appreciate opera, or learning a new language—teaches your brain new… Continue Reading →

PhD student gains ‘invaluable’ experience helping COA win 2 grants

Like many who enter the gerontology field, Brittany McFeeley was drawn to studying aging because of a personal experience: As a child, she watched her grandmother suffer with Alzheimer’s disease. She is passionate about research, specifically any studies that build… Continue Reading →

Pension Action Center awarded two grants for education, advocacy

The Gerontology Institute’s Pension Action Center (PAC) has been awarded two concurrent grants funded by the Investor Protection Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to independent investor education, research, and support. The two projects build on the expertise of PAC’s staff,… Continue Reading →

Raad Alsowayigh joins Pension Action Center

Raad Alsowayigh has joined the Pension Action Center (PAC) as its legal clerk, responsible for managing the client caseload and supervising the undergraduate interns who staff the center’s help line. Alsowayigh (his name is pronounced Rod Also-way-egh) graduated in May… Continue Reading →

UMass Boston Gerontology well represented at national meeting

UMass Boston gerontology graduate students along with faculty and staff members delivered more than 60 presentations and posters at the 2023 annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. The meeting took place in early November in Tampa, Florida…. Continue Reading →

Community Catalyst, LTSS Center awarded four-year grant to support family caregivers

The federal Administration for Community Living (ACL) has awarded Community Catalyst a four-year grant to develop, test, and disseminate new approaches for increasing awareness of family caregivers and building support for their unique concerns. As part of that grant, the… Continue Reading →

Cohen’s Moving Forward Coalition committee releases action plan on nursing home improvement

In 2022, the Moving Forward Nursing Home Quality Coalition asked Marc Cohen to co-lead one of its seven committees created as part of a two-year national initiative to improve nursing home quality. Cohen, co-director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass… Continue Reading →

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