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Institute Talk: A Conversation with Daughterhood Founder Anne Tumlinson on Challenges of Caring for Aging Parents

Anne Tumlinson is the nationally recognized eldercare expert who founded Daughterhood, an online community providing support and advice to adult children caring for their aging parents. She is also the founder of Anne Tumlinson Innovations, a research and advisory firm… Continue Reading →

Institute Talk: A Conversation with Carl V. Hill on the NIA and Health Disparity Research

Carl V. Hill is director of the Office of Special Populations at the National Institute on Aging, which leads the federal government in conducting and supporting research on aging and the health and well-being of older people. Hill recently visited… Continue Reading →

Expert Advice for Institute Fellows: How to Secure Research Funding at National Institute on Aging

Carl Hill got right to the point when he brought up the subject of research funding priorities at the National Institute on Aging. “The ‘A’ in NIA stands for aging but it’s leaning toward Alzheimer’s,” Hill told more than 40… Continue Reading →

Gerontology PhD Candidate Natalie Pitheckoff Examines Bonds Between Older Adults and Animals

Call it the Domino effect. Natalie Pitheckoff, a gerontology PhD candidate at UMass Boston, has spent years observing and studying the impact of pets on older adults, particularly those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Her proposed PhD dissertation  involves analyzing… 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 →

Institute Talk: A Conversation with Jim Wessler of the Alzheimer’s Association

Some of the challenges faced by people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families can be found in a doctor’s office or a hospital. Large numbers of people affected are not diagnosed or, in some cases, not told of the diagnosis…. Continue Reading →

Panel Recommends Ways to Improve Identification, Treatment For Hospital Patients With Dementia

Hospitalization is a stressful experience for most patients. But a person with dementia typically needs three days to recover pre-hospital function for each day hospitalized. That caution has always stuck with Nina Silverstein, a professor of Gerontology at UMass Boston’s… Continue Reading →

Measuring Dementia Caregiver Mindset That Can Impact Well-Being at Work

By Meghan Hendricksen The way professional caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia think about dementia can have a significant impact on their well-being at work. The risks of burnout and negative emotions are clear. Lena Kunz… Continue Reading →

Dr. Renee Beard Examines Risk of “Social Demotion” With Early Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

By Meghan Hendricksen The early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other cognitive impairment can be more than a medical finding. It can become a new and serious challenge to a person’s social identity. That was one of the findings from… Continue Reading →

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