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Could vaping be a harm-reduction option for older smokers who aren’t willing to quit smoking?

Older adults who smoke heavily have a hard time kicking the habit, even when they receive the most promising cessation treatment. “These are people who started smoking when they were very young, before we knew of all the dangers,” says… Continue Reading →

Report: Older people of color, especially those who live alone, most likely to struggle financially

New estimates based on the 2022 Elder IndexTM show that the risk of economic insecurity in later life is especially high for people of color. National averages suggest that among older people living alone, 43 percent of people who are… Continue Reading →

Inequities found in how well healthcare providers listen to older adults’ preferences

Recent data from the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston shows that nearly three-fourths of Americans aged 50 and older feel that healthcare providers consider their care preferences, but stark racial and socioeconomic inequities persist. While 83 percent of white adults… Continue Reading →

Gerontology programs to join health sciences college on July 1, 2023

UMass Boston’s gerontology program—including the academic department, research institute, and four centers—will join the Robert and Donna Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences on July 1, 2023. The transition comes as part of a campus-wide reorganization effort led over… Continue Reading →

Meet a researcher: Jaqueline Contrera Avila, PhD

It’s been a busy and productive first year for Jaqueline Contrera Avila, PhD, an assistant professor of gerontology who joined UMass Boston in August 2022. In addition to preparing for and teaching two classes, she has expanded her research on… Continue Reading →

How living arrangements affect the health of older adults with developmental disabilities in long-term care

Researchers know that adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) encounter healthcare disparities—fewer doctor’s visits and routine screenings, for example—even though they suffer health complications more frequently than the general population. New research begun by Jeffrey Stokes, PhD, assistant professor… Continue Reading →

Seven things Governor Healey should know about growing older in Massachusetts

By Marc Cohen, Caitlin Coyle, James Hermelbracht, Edward Alan Miller, Jan Mutchler, and Anna-Marie Tabor Older adults are the fastest-growing segment of the American population. In Massachusetts, adults 65 and older will make up nearly a quarter of the Commonwealth’s… Continue Reading →

Gerontology welcomes Jaqueline Contrera Avila to faculty

The Department of Gerontology welcomes Jaqueline Contrera Avila, PhD, to campus this fall as our newest faculty member. Avila is a population health researcher with experience in U.S. and Latin America population-based data. Her research interests include the social determinants… Continue Reading →

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