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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 →

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 →

Journal Special Edition Continues Examination of COVID-19 Impact on Older Adults, Caregivers

The devastating impact of COVID-19 on older adults is hardly news now, but researchers around the world continue to provide new insights and perspective on the deadly pandemic. A new special double edition of the Journal of Aging & Social… Continue Reading →

The Pandemic’s Long-Term Impacts on Food Insecurity Among Older Adults, and the Benefit of Federal Help

A tragic aspect of the pandemic’s prolonged economic downturn – the rising rate of food insecurity in the United States – could impact older, poorer adults and their families for years to come, according to a study by researchers at… Continue Reading →

Reach Out and Get in Touch: a task force’s mission in Massachusetts

In “Reach out and get in touch: a task force’s mission in Massachusetts,” our Dr. Caitlin Coyle spoke with the New York Times about the Task Force to End Loneliness and Build Community, the Commit to Connect campaign, and social… 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 →

Reinvesting in home and community-based services

How the Biden Administration’s $1.9 trillion relief bill will impact Medicaid in Massachusetts The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) — a COVID-19 relief and recovery package — was signed into law by President Joseph Biden last month. Among the $1.9… Continue Reading →

“Older Adults and COVID-19: Implications for Aging Policy and Practice”

New webinar explores the impact of the pandemic on older adults View the full slide set here, and a video recording from the 2.5 hour webinar is available here. Edward Alan Miller, Gerontology Department Professor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal… Continue Reading →

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