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Annual report showcases Pension Action Center’s growing impact

In fiscal year 2023, staff members and volunteers at the Gerontology Institute’s Pension Action Center opened 330 cases and recovered $1.1 million in pension benefits, at no cost to clients. These facts and more are featured in the center’s latest… Continue Reading →

OLLI at 25: Remembering the early days and evolution of lifelong learning at UMass Boston

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UMass Boston, begun as Life Enrichment Through Studies, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2024 When they signed up for their first adult education classes at UMass Boston in 1999, Rita Wolfson and Arlene Wolk… Continue Reading →

Meet our newest gerontology PhDs

Meet the five gerontology doctoral candidates who successfully defended their dissertations in the spring of 2024 and were hooded as new PhDs at ceremonies on campus May 22, 2024. Elizabeth Gallagher Hometown: Fitchburg, Massachusetts Dissertation: “Challenging Aspects of Caregiving: The… Continue Reading →

Department awards honor graduate students’ scholarship, service

The Department of Gerontology at UMass Boston presents five annual awards to deserving graduate students. Four of the awards include a $200 prize to be used for the students’ professional development. Winners of the Capstone Project Award are honored with… Continue Reading →

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 →

Zhang: Blending a career in IT with gerontology studies to improve the aging experience

The way she sees it, Kunyu Zhang has climbed a few mountains in her career. Not literal ascents, but long journeys just the same. After earning degrees in physics and applied physics in her native Beijing, she came to the… Continue Reading →

Pension Action Center’s early leaders reflect on history of ‘concrete victories’

As the Gerontology Institute’s Pension Action Center (PAC) celebrates its 30th anniversary, the center counts more than $70 million in retirement benefits recovered for more than 11,000 clients across its service area of New England and Illinois. Ellen Bruce and… Continue Reading →

Pension Action Center’s fraud summit educates attendees on fighting prevalent fraud and scams

More than 250 guests attended a “Summit to Fight Fraud” organized by the Gerontology Institute’s Pension Action Center at UMass Boston on March 19, 2024. The event, sponsored by Investor Protection Trust and co-presented by the Massachusetts Securities Division, featured… Continue Reading →

Justice in Aging creates fellowship with LTSS Center to focus on data and equity

Justice in Aging, a national legal advocacy nonprofit that fights senior poverty through law, has formed an innovative partnership with the Gerontology Institute’s LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston to support research while enhancing the nonprofit’s capacity to interpret data. The… Continue Reading →

Gerontology names Stokes, Song directors of graduate and undergraduate programs

The UMass Boston Department of Gerontology has named Jeffrey Stokes, PhD, assistant professor of gerontology and current director of the undergraduate aging studies program, as the graduate program director, overseeing the gerontology doctoral program. A quantitative sociologist, Stokes joined the… Continue Reading →

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