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Gerontology team to develop, pilot reframing aging curriculum with UMass Boston students

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ action plan for creating an age-friendly state includes reframing aging as one of six goals. The plan seeks to “change the conversation about aging from a ‘challenge’ to an ‘asset,’ increase literacy about issues related to… Continue Reading →

Becoming age-friendlier: Helping a Massachusetts town better serve its older population

In 2019, two residents of Swampscott, Massachusetts, contracted with UMass Boston gerontologist Caitlin Coyle, PhD, to guide their work in shaping age-friendly initiatives for their town. Coyle, an adjunct assistant professor and fellow of the Gerontology Institute, was struck by… Continue Reading →

The challenges and benefits of caring for very old parents—while aging yourself

A 92-year-old marathoner. A woman who still practices law at 96. We love to hear stories like these of very old people who are healthy and high functioning, says Kathrin Boerner, professor of gerontology at UMass Boston. Yet the vast… Continue Reading →

A pandemic silver lining: Finding community and convenience online

In its shift to online classes, OLLI has learned how much more its programs offer beyond course content  Jim Hermelbracht has spent the last two years learning to adapt and regroup, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, as… Continue Reading →

Facing COVID, Councils on Aging adapt to continue serving clients

Series of surveys document how Massachusetts centers are responding to the pandemic Staff members mastered hosting Zoom meetings. They wore masks, stocked hand sanitizer, and limited walk-in offerings. They prepared and delivered many more weekly meals, and they made many… Continue Reading →

Focusing locally: Researchers drill deep for report on healthy aging in Connecticut

Consider a few facts about older people living in Connecticut: Three of every four suffer from hypertension. One of every three have diabetes. Most older adults across the state own their homes, but the rate of ownership ranges from just… Continue Reading →

Q&A with Jo Owens, author of A Funny Kind of Paradise

Jo Owens became a nursing home aide in Canada out of a need for money, and came away with her calling. And from that experience, the pain and the human glory, came her debut novel A Funny Kind of Paradise,… Continue Reading →

Health Affairs: The Middle Ground For Fixing Long-Term Care Costs: The WISH Act

Our Marc Cohen and co-author Stuart M. Butler published the following piece this week in Health Affairs, revisiting some of the issues we wrote about earlier while taking a deeper look at this long-standing problem. The Middle Ground for Fixing… Continue Reading →

Jan Mutchler to head UMass Boston Gerontology Institute

Professor Jan Mutchler, a faculty member at University of Massachusetts Boston for more than 20 years and the founding Director of the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging (CSDRA), has been appointed director of the Gerontology Institute at… Continue Reading →

WISH Act and UMass Boston’s Marc Cohen Hope to Transform American Elder Care

Marc Cohen and other academics and policy analysts saw the writing on the wall years ago. With roughly 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, a decades-old medical and financial storm is now on the horizon when it comes to how… Continue Reading →

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