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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 →

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 →

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