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Undergraduate gerontology program gets new name, new leader

Jeff Stokes named director of Aging Studies undergraduate program Jeff Stokes may be as excited about returning to campus this fall as any student looking forward to a fresh new school year. Stokes, PhD, an assistant professor of gerontology at… Continue Reading →

Gerontology welcomes Jaqueline Contrera Avila to faculty

The Department of Gerontology welcomes Jaqueline Contrera Avila, PhD, to campus this fall as our newest faculty member. Avila is a population health researcher with experience in U.S. and Latin America population-based data. Her research interests include the social determinants… 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 →

CSDRA helping senior centers transform, meet residents’ needs at record levels

The trope about senior centers being the place you go for bingo and a hot lunch has been outdated for years, but especially so ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Challenged to keep their communities of older people connected, informed,… Continue Reading →

Seeking impact: Two new gerontology PhDs share their experiences, goals

In early March 2022, Claire Wickersham and Meghan Hendricksen successfully defended their UMass Boston gerontology doctoral dissertations. The two new PhDs faced the added challenge of researching and writing their dissertations during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Dissertations are inherently isolating, so… 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 →

Meet a Researcher: Jeffrey Stokes

Social scientist focuses on aging, family relationships, and health The COVID-19 pandemic has exaggerated—and brought greater awareness of—the challenges of social isolation for older adults. Jeffrey Stokes is interested in a related, and timeless, challenge: loneliness. For married older adults,… Continue Reading →

Professor Edward Miller Recognized with the 2021 GPD Award for Outstanding Student Mentorship

Editors note: This story was originally produced by the McCormack Graduate School and appeared on the UMass Boston News web pages. The study of aging and the practice of mentorship have many things in common – perhaps none more pronounced… Continue Reading →

A COVID-19 Response: Intergenerational Tutoring Program Matches OLLI Members, Young Children for Online Learning

Mike McCormick was talking about the unlikely meeting of a bumble bee and a bear. Actually, he was reading aloud about characters featured in a children’s book. McCormick was connected online via Zoom with a boy of kindergarten age who… Continue Reading →

Journal Special Edition Continues Examination of COVID-19 Impact on Older Adults, Caregivers

The devastating impact of COVID-19 on older adults is hardly news now, but researchers around the world continue to provide new insights and perspective on the deadly pandemic. A new special double edition of the Journal of Aging & Social… Continue Reading →

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