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OLLI Reads to discuss “So You Want to Talk About Race” on Oct. 26

This past summer, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee launched a community reading experience, OLLI Reads, to encourage the discussion of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a safe environment. The committee’s first book selection is the New… Continue Reading →

Meet our first-year doctoral students

We’re excited to welcome these students as they embark on their gerontology PhD studies in the fall of 2022. Magdalen A. Balz Hometown or country: Salem, MAEducation: MS, Speech, Language and Hearing SciencesCurrent research interests: cognitive healthy and cognitive decline… Continue Reading →

Caitlin Coyle named director of Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging

Caitlin Coyle, PhD ’14, has been appointed director of the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging (CSDRA) at UMass Boston’s Gerontology Institute. She succeeds Jan Mutchler, PhD, the center’s founding director. Mutchler was named director of the Gerontology… Continue Reading →

OLLI invites public to open house July 27

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UMass Boston invites all who are curious about OLLI courses and its community to attend an open house on Wednesday, July 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Current OLLI members, course presenters, and… Continue Reading →

Interdisciplinary UMass Boston team leads research on Age-Friendly Universities

In 2017, UMass Boston became the third American university to join the AFU Global Network. In 2019, the five-campus University of Massachusetts system became the first university system to join the network. How well do universities meet the needs of… Continue Reading →

Remembering Bing Chen, early pioneer of economic security for older adults

Yung-Ping “Bing” Chen, professor emeritus of gerontology at UMass Boston, passed away on May 10, 2022. Widely recognized for his work on economic security for the aged, Bing Chen had a distinguished career in academia and as a government adviser…. Continue Reading →

Gerontology alumna helping Ukrainian refugees in Switzerland

June 2022 update from Kelly Fitzgerald: A & O, the Ukrainian women who fled Kiev and resettled near Zurich with Kelly Fitzgerald’s help, continue to settle in. They are finding small jobs, like packing strawberries, she reports. Transportation is expensive,… Continue Reading →

MIT names Cohen a Mel King Community Fellow

The Community Innovators Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology has appointed Marc Cohen, PhD, to its two-year Mel King Community Fellows Program. Cohen is a professor of gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, co-director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center… Continue Reading →

The impact of allowing nurses to offer basic health services in Massachusetts assisted living residences

A new report from the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston and Collective Insight shares the experiences of residents, family caregivers, and nurses in Massachusetts assisted living residences (ALRs) during the pandemic, when an executive order allowed ALR nurses to deliver… Continue Reading →

Report offers action steps for supporting family caregivers

Family caregivers are a critical link in the network of providing long term services and supports (LTSS). Yet their needs are often overlooked. By collecting concerns, suggestions, and priorities from a diverse range of stakeholders working with family caregivers, a… Continue Reading →

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