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Seeking impact: Two new gerontology PhDs share their experiences, goals

In early March 2022, Claire Wickersham and Meghan Hendricksen successfully defended their UMass Boston gerontology doctoral dissertations. The two new PhDs faced the added challenge of researching and writing their dissertations during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Dissertations are inherently isolating, so… Continue Reading →

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 →

UMass Boston Gerontology Program Creates Doctoral Scholarship Focused on Under-Represented Communities

Frank Caro Scholarship for Social Justice in Aging honors former gerontology department chair, journal editor, and mentor The Gerontology Institute and Department of Gerontology at UMass Boston have created a scholarship for doctoral students who are dedicated to prioritizing under-represented… Continue Reading →

A COVID-19 Response: Intergenerational Tutoring Program Matches OLLI Members, Young Children for Online Learning

Mike McCormick was talking about the unlikely meeting of a bumble bee and a bear. Actually, he was reading aloud about characters featured in a children’s book. McCormick was connected online via Zoom with a boy of kindergarten age who… Continue Reading →

100th Dissertation Celebrated by UMass Boston’s Gerontology Program

One in Five Gerontology PhDs are earned at UMass Boston The Gerontology program at UMass Boston (UMB) has recognized a significant milestone: its 100th dissertation defense. With the COVID-19 pandemic still requiring most academic work conducted remotely, Krystal Kittle defended… Continue Reading →

Boston’s Older Population: Increasing in Racial Diversity, but Quality of Life is Shaped by Racism, Discrimination

A new report from UMass Boston identifies aging equity among Boston residents The number of Boston residents aged 60 and older has increased by more than one-third in the last eight years and more than half of older residents are… Continue Reading →

Transforming the Future of Aging

Bei Wu works toward improving health status through research and policy If the world of academic gerontology had a rock star, it would be Bei Wu, MS ‘97, PhD ’00. Recognized for her extensive research and pursued by top tier… Continue Reading →

Book Investigates the Pandemic and its impact on Older Adults

Journal of Aging and Social Policy special edition examines scope, impact and lessons drawn from Covid-19 for older adults A special double-issue of the Journal of Aging and Social Policy (JASP) that focused on Covid-19 has been released as a book…. 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 →

Assistant Professor Qian Song Joins UMass Boston Gerontology Faculty

By Martin Hansen-Verma Qian Jasmine Song, a demographer and sociologist with broad research interests relating to the health of an aging population, has joined the UMass Boston’s Gerontology department faculty as an assistant professor. Song, who most recently was a… Continue Reading →

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