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Meet a researcher: Pamela Nadash

Pam Nadash calls it “pure happenstance” that she landed as a faculty member in the UMass Boston gerontology department. But her career in nonprofits and public policy—combined with a PhD in public health and political science and her predilection for… Continue Reading →

‘So responsive’: A Pension Action Center success story

It took navigating a company merger, the sale of pension assets, and COVID work absences, but a volunteer counselor at UMass Boston’s Pension Action Center was able to track down and recover a client’s pension benefits. It has taken a… Continue Reading →

Book examines insights, lessons learned from COVID-19

Policymakers, researchers, and practitioners will gain insights from a new collection of original research and perspectives on the ramifications of COVID-19 for the older adult population. The COVID-19 Pandemic and Older Adults: Experiences, Impacts, and Innovations (Taylor & Francis Publishing,… 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 →

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 →

Q&A with Jo Owens, author of A Funny Kind of Paradise

Jo Owens became a nursing home aide in Canada out of a need for money, and came away with her calling. And from that experience, the pain and the human glory, came her debut novel A Funny Kind of Paradise,… Continue Reading →

Dean David Cash announces retirement of Institute Director Len Fishman

I write to announce that Len Fishman, after serving seven years as director of the Gerontology Institute at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, will be retiring on August 31. A nationally recognized leader in health care… 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 →

Transforming the Future of Aging

Bei Wu works toward improving health status through research and policy If the world of academic gerontology had a rock star, it would be Bei Wu, MS ‘97, PhD ’00. Recognized for her extensive research and pursued by top tier… Continue Reading →

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