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COAs and COVID-19: Managing New Issues on Communications, Food Security and Volunteerism

The Gerontology Institute’s Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging is publishing a series of blog posts to follow the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Councils on Aging across Massachusetts.  We encourage COA readers to tell us… Continue Reading →

COAs and COVID-19: How Councils Are Adapting to Serve Their Communities

The Gerontology Institute’s Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging is launching a series of blog posts to follow the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Councils on Aging across Massachusetts. Posts reporting on conversations with COA directors… Continue Reading →

Boston’s Senior Civic Academy Helps Older Adults Understand and Engage Local Government

The Boston Senior Civic Academy was created in 2018 by city officials, with the assistance of the Gerontology Institute’s Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging. Its curriculum is designed to help older adults better understand how local government… Continue Reading →

Making Streets Safer: UMass Boston Research Team Studies Car Crashes Injuring Older Pedestrians

By Taryn Hojlo Walking activities are normally good for older adults. One rare but dangerous exception: Car crashes that involve pedestrians. This is a growing problem. The number of pedestrian fatalities increased by 37 percent across the United States between… Continue Reading →

UMass Becomes First University System to Join the Age-Friendly University Global Network

BOSTON – In August 2019, the five-campus University of Massachusetts system endorsed the 10 principles of the Age-Friendly University, as defined by Age-Friendly University (AFU) Global Network at Dublin City University, joining an international effort intended to highlight the role… Continue Reading →

Study to Examine Impact of Casino Gambling Among Older Adults in Surrounding Communities

It’s an established fact that older adults make up a large percentage of patrons at gambling casinos operating across the United States. But are older people more likely to be problem-gamblers? And what is the impact of casinos on nearby… Continue Reading →

The Aging Paradox: A Look at Later-Life Satisfaction Through the Eyes of OLLI Members

By Caitlin Connelly A good paradox can turn the obvious on its head. That’s a fair way to describe the aging paradox, a concept well-known to gerontologists that challenges presumptions about the way people feel as they grow older. True,… Continue Reading →

Gerontology Institute Research Team Completes Report on Healthy Aging in New Hampshire

A research team from the University of Massachusetts Boston has delivered a comprehensive new report on the health of older people in New Hampshire, along with detailed profiles of 244 communities in their state. The first-ever New Hampshire Healthy Aging… Continue Reading →

Gerontology PhD Student Shiva Prasad Studies How to Create Ideal LGBT Online Senior Center

By Caitlin Connelly Imagine an online LGBT senior center. What would that look like and how would it serve visitors? These are questions on Shiva Prasad’s mind. The third-year gerontology PhD student at UMass Boston recently presented preliminary research findings… Continue Reading →

News Flash: UMass Boston Gerontology Makes Headlines in 2018

By Taryn Hojlo UMass Boston’s gerontology faculty and students produced exciting new research findings and achieved remarkable public service achievements in 2018. The news media took notice. Associate professor Beth Dugan and her Gerontology Institute colleagues published the 2018 edition… Continue Reading →

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