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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 →

Three doctoral students honored for scholarship, service

UMass Boston gerontology faculty have awarded three doctoral students with annual departmental honors. The 2021-2022 school year honorees are: Book (Dissertation) Award: Meghan Hendricksen Scholarship Award: Shayna Gleason Service Award: Alison Rataj The Book Award Committee chose Meghan Hendricksen for… Continue Reading →

‘So responsive’: A Pension Action Center success story

It took navigating a company merger, the sale of pension assets, and COVID work absences, but a volunteer counselor at UMass Boston’s Pension Action Center was able to track down and recover a client’s pension benefits. It has taken a… Continue Reading →

Report: Health outcomes worsen when providers don’t hear older adults’ preferences

One-third of people 50 and older report that their health care clinicians rarely or never take into account their care preferences. A person’s race, insurance status, and income level affect the quality of person-centered care they receive, according to a… Continue Reading →

Coping with COVID-related transitions: A PhD student’s perspective

By Yan-Jhu Su, UMB gerontology doctoral student Reprinted with permission from the April 2022 Gerontology News The year of 2021 wasn’t a typical year for students. First, it was the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, for me as… Continue Reading →

Book examines insights, lessons learned from COVID-19

Policymakers, researchers, and practitioners will gain insights from a new collection of original research and perspectives on the ramifications of COVID-19 for the older adult population. The COVID-19 Pandemic and Older Adults: Experiences, Impacts, and Innovations (Taylor & Francis Publishing,… Continue Reading →

Seeking impact: Two new gerontology PhDs share their experiences, goals

In early March 2022, Claire Wickersham and Meghan Hendricksen successfully defended their UMass Boston gerontology doctoral dissertations. The two new PhDs faced the added challenge of researching and writing their dissertations during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Dissertations are inherently isolating, so… Continue Reading →

Meet a researcher: Jeffrey Burr

For most of his 23 years at UMass Boston, Jeffrey Burr, PhD, has worked as an administrator in addition to teaching and conducting research on aging issues. From the State University of New York at Buffalo, Burr came to campus… Continue Reading →

Gerontology alumna helping Ukrainian refugees in Switzerland

We recently talked with Kelly Fitzgerald, PhD ’08, by Zoom to learn about her work over the last few weeks to support Ukrainian refugees arriving in her adopted home of Zurich, Switzerland. In addition to general efforts, Fitzgerald helped two… Continue Reading →

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