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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 →

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 →

Institute Talk: A Conversation with Dan Reingold on Leading a Nursing Home in America’s Worst COVID-19 Hot Spot

Dan Reingold is the chief executive of RiverSpring Health and a prominent national figure in the field of aging services. RiverSpring includes The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, a 750-bed nursing home in the Bronx, N.Y.  The New York State Department of… Continue Reading →

Institute Talk: A Conversation with Home Care Executive Kevin Smith on Service in the Age of COVID-19

Home care agencies and their employees are performing critical services that help clients continue to live independently, work that has become even more challenging and dangerous in the coronavirus pandemic. Kevin Smith is the chief executive of Best of Care,… Continue Reading →

Gerontology Associate Professor Kathrin Boerner: Dealing with Grief After Death

UMass Boston Gerontology associate professor Kathrin Boerner has spent much of her career researching a wide range of end-of-life issues. She was recently interviewed by MyRoche, a publication of the global health care company Roche Holding AG, about her work…. Continue Reading →

Institute Director Len Fishman: Ease Direct-Care Health Workforce Shortage by Improving Jobs

Gerontology Institute Director Len Fishman offered a simple suggestion to state legislators wrestling with the critical shortage of low-paid direct-care health workers: Make the jobs more attractive. Fishman told the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Elder Services that two things –… Continue Reading →

Institute Talk: A Conversation With Vince Mor on Alzheimer’s Care and the State of Nursing Homes

Vincent Mor is a leading academic expert on eldercare issues and a national authority on research related to nursing homes. The Brown University professor has been principal investigator in more than 40 grants funded by the National Institutes of Health… 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 →

Gerontology Faculty Members Jeffrey Stokes and Qian Song Win NIA Research Grants

What’s better than a grant funding new faculty research? Two grants. Two assistant professors from the McCormack Graduate School’s Gerontology Department recently won two-year grants of $152,500 each from the National Institute on Aging. Work on both projects began recently…. Continue Reading →

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