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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 →

Raising awareness, enabling support for unpaid caregivers

Family caregivers have an important job; supporting their needs will make their work and lives easier Imagine caring for a child with medically-complex special needs while balancing responsibilities for other family members and trying to maintain a full-time job. Or,… 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 →

How COVID-19 Has Changed Everyday Life for Older Adults, Long After Pandemic’s Onset

By Taryn Hojlo How do older adults think about the COVID-19 threat and go about their lives now, many months after the virus first changed their approach to activities of every kind? Of course there is no single answer to… Continue Reading →

Institute Talk: A Conversation with Lisa Gurgone on Supporting Area Agencies That Provide Elder Services

Lisa Gurgone is the executive director of Mass Home Care, the trade association representing the Commonwealth’s network of 28 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) and Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). This single, statewide network of coordinated care delivers home and… Continue Reading →

Journal Special Edition Dedicated to COVID-19 and Older Adults: Lessons From the Pandemic

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older adults around the world has been nothing short of breathtaking. Like any sudden crisis, it begs a few common questions: What actually happened and how did we respond? What lessons should we… Continue Reading →

Institute Talk: A Conversation with Bill Reichman on Elder Care Technology and Innovation in the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

William E. Reichman is a physician and chief executive of Baycrest, a leading non-profit elder care organization comprising health care and housing facilities, outpatient services and a research center on one campus in Toronto. His organization operates a 300-bed rehab… Continue Reading →

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 →

How Healthy Aging Data Report Can Contribute to Fight Against COVID-19 in Massachusetts

A research team at the McCormack Graduate School’s Gerontology Institute published its most recent edition of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report late in 2018. The report provided detailed information on the health status of older adults across the state…. Continue Reading →

Institute Talk: A Conversation with Hospice Physician Joanne Lynn About Nursing Homes Dealing with COVID-19

Joanne Lynn is a nationally recognized expert on issues related to palliative and end-of-life care. A geriatrician and hospice physician, she is the author of hundreds of journal articles and many books on issues concerning long-term services and supports. Very… Continue Reading →

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