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New Elder Index report measures gender disparities in late-life economic security

Older women, especially those living alone, continue to experience an elevated risk of economic insecurity, as detailed in a new report, “Late-life Gender Disparities in Economic Security,” from the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The report uses… Continue Reading →

Journal of Aging & Social Policy continues to earn high impact scores

The Journal of Aging & Social Policy, published six times annually and based at UMass Boston since its inception in 1989, continues to see a high impact factor—which measures the average number of citations for articles and reviews published in… Continue Reading →

Tyler Compton named interim director of Pension Action Center

UMass Boston has named Tyler Compton, Esq., interim director of the Pension Action Center in the Gerontology Institute. Compton, who has served as the center’s staff attorney since 2019, is stepping in for Anna-Marie Tabor, Esq., who has accepted a… 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 →

Photo album: Reception for Nina Silverstein

Colleagues, former students, partners, family, and friends gathered at the UMass Club in downtown Boston on May 30 to pay tribute to Nina M. Silverstein, PhD, as she retires from UMass Boston’s Department of Gerontology. Read more about Nina Silverstein’s… Continue Reading →

Photo album: May 2023 ceremony for graduate students

We celebrated five new gerontology PhDs and our newest master’s degree alumni at the UMass Boston graduate commencement ceremony on May 24, 2023. (Ngai Kwan, PhD ’23, could not attend the ceremony.) Learn more about our newest doctoral alumni and… Continue Reading →

Honoring older adults

Each May, the Administration for Community Living leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. For May 2023, UMass Boston Gerontology joined in the celebration by sharing stories of some of our favorite older adults. Betty-Jane ScheffLincoln, Massachusetts “Aunt B-J… Continue Reading →

Department awards four doctoral students for scholarship and service

The Department of Gerontology at UMass Boston has awarded four doctoral students with annual departmental honors. The 2022-2023 honorees are: The Book Award Committee chose Taylor Jansen, PhD ‘23, for the 2022-2023 Book Award based on her dissertation, “Town-Level Risk… Continue Reading →

Elder Index update: Older adults face continuing economic insecurity

New estimates from the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston find that millions of older adults, especially those living alone, continue to live on incomes that fall below the Elder IndexTM,  a county-by-county measure of the income needed by adults aged… Continue Reading →

LTSS Center researchers to update findings, study pandemic’s impact on person-centered care

Researchers at the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston are analyzing recent data from the national Health and Retirement Study to update their two previous studies on the relationship between person-centered care and health outcomes. They’re looking to identify any changes… Continue Reading →

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