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UMass Boston Report Finds Far Greater Rates of Economic Insecurity Among Older Adults of Color

The challenging goal of elder economic security – having enough income to live independently and afford a no-frills budget in later life —  is dramatically more difficult for older adults of color across America, new research from the University of… Continue Reading →

Economic Hardship From COVID-19 Will Hit Minority Seniors the Most

This article first appeared over the summer on The Conversation website. Marc Cohen is co-director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston. Jane Tavares is a research fellow at the center. By Marc Cohen and Jane Tavares For Americans 60… Continue Reading →

Elder Index at Work: A Texas Area Agency on Aging Tracks the True Cost of Rural Living for Older Adults

This is the first 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 →

Gerontology Institute teams with CANALA for Project to Improve Economic Opportunities for Older People of Color

AARP Foundation has awarded a grant to the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston for a two-year project to increase access to economic opportunities for older people of color in the greater Boston area. The $288,000 grant will… Continue Reading →

How COVID-19 Has Changed Everyday Life for Older Adults, Long After Pandemic’s Onset

By Taryn Hojlo How do older adults think about the COVID-19 threat and go about their lives now, many months after the virus first changed their approach to activities of every kind? Of course there is no single answer to… Continue Reading →

The Makings of a Mentor – Meet Ellen Birchander

This article originally appeared on the UMass Boston News web page. We all take different paths in life and, if we’re lucky, we have mentors guiding us along the way. As an undergraduate psychology major, 20-year-old Ellen Birchander was on… Continue Reading →

Institute Talk: A Conversation with Lisa Gurgone on Supporting Area Agencies That Provide Elder Services

Lisa Gurgone is the executive director of Mass Home Care, the trade association representing the Commonwealth’s network of 28 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) and Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). This single, statewide network of coordinated care delivers home and… Continue Reading →

Journal Special Edition Dedicated to COVID-19 and Older Adults: Lessons From the Pandemic

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older adults around the world has been nothing short of breathtaking. Like any sudden crisis, it begs a few common questions: What actually happened and how did we respond? What lessons should we… Continue Reading →

How UMass Boston’s Lifelong Learning Program for Older Adults Adapted to the Age of COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered the ways education takes place at all levels and institutions, including the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UMass Boston. OLLI, which serves an older student population with an elevated COVID-19 risk, responded quickly to… Continue Reading →

Studying Relationships Between Older Adults and Their Parents Living With Dementia

Relationships between senior children and their very old parents can be complicated enough. How does those relationships change when the parent is living with dementia? UMass Boston Gerontology associate professor Kathrin Boerner has spent two years studying the relationships between… Continue Reading →

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