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Meet a researcher: Jan Mutchler

Many of the doctoral students who have worked with Jan Mutchler over the years tell her they came to gerontology one of two ways—either they were close to a grandparent as they were growing up, or they worked with older… Continue Reading →

Institute Director Jan Mutchler discusses public engaged scholarship on diversity and equity

Reposted from a May 16, 2022 UMass Boston news post In August 2021, Jan Mutchler, PhD, was appointed director of the Gerontology Institute, succeeding former director Len Fishman, who retired after seven years of service. In considering how she may… Continue Reading →

Elder Index: Social Security benefits still don’t cover basic living expenses for many older Americans

The National Council on Aging’s Equity in Aging Collaborative will work with the Gerontology Institute to train advocates on using the Elder Index for more accurate, regionally specific benchmarks of economic security. Nearly a quarter of all Americans age 65… Continue Reading →

Meet a researcher: Jeffrey Burr

For most of his 23 years at UMass Boston, Jeffrey Burr, PhD, has worked as an administrator in addition to teaching and conducting research on aging issues. From the State University of New York at Buffalo, Burr came to campus… Continue Reading →

New School Year, New Leadership at UMass Boston Gerontology Program

Gerontology students at the University of Massachusetts Boston are returning to school, greeted by some familiar faces in new leadership roles. Professor Edward Alan Miller is the new chair of the UMass Boston Gerontology Department, succeeding professor Jeffrey Burr. Professor… Continue Reading →

Gender and Money in Later Life: How Older Women Face Greater Economic Insecurity than Men

Most older women spent their working lives behind the economic curve. They were typically paid less than men when at work and more likely to provide family care that reduced employment opportunities. Their economic situation doesn’t improve in later life…. Continue Reading →

Elder Index at Work: Helping Boston’s Age-Friendly Plan Take Aim at Economic Insecurity

This article is one in a series of stories about how people across the country are using the Elder Index to understand the true cost of living for older adults and its economic implications. If you know someone who would… Continue Reading →

New Report Ranks Elder Economic Insecurity in 100 Largest U.S. Metro Areas

Older adults in every one of America’s large metropolitan areas face serious challenges affording their local cost of living. But the scale of economic insecurity varies dramatically, depending on what city those older adults call home. A new report by… Continue Reading →

Boston’s Older Population: Increasing in Racial Diversity, but Quality of Life is Shaped by Racism, Discrimination

A new report from UMass Boston identifies aging equity among Boston residents The number of Boston residents aged 60 and older has increased by more than one-third in the last eight years and more than half of older residents are… Continue Reading →

Elder Index Shows Limits of Social Security to Help Older Adults Afford Basic Cost of Living

Social Security is a critical economic resource for most older Americans but those payments don’t cover even a bare-bones budget in a single county in the United States. The degree to which Social Security payments can help elders make ends… Continue Reading →

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