We foster collaboration between biologists, health professionals, policymakers, behavioral and social scientists, and other age studies scholars and researchers. We believe the intersection of research from diverse areas is the best way to achieve the greatest impact and promote healthy aging.

The GSA Family of Sites

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The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), GSA’s educational branch, is a unique network of institutions dedicated to advancing scholarship in gerontology. Its programs set the benchmark for standards in academic programs across the country.

GSA’s policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, conducts and compiles research on issues related to population aging and provides information to the public, the press, policymakers, and the academic community.

Change Agents
The Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative is a multi-year project designed to create change in the practice environment that will improve the health of older adults, their families, and communities. 

The Hartford/GSA National Center on Gerontological Social Work Excellence impacts social work practice through the translation and infusion of evidence-based knowledge. 

The National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence is a collaboration between its Coordinating Center and centers housed at schools of nursing that have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the field of gerontological nursing.

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The National Adult Vaccination Program is a multi-stakeholder industry-supported collaboration to develop a cohesive strategic and policy approach to improve adult vaccination.

The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics holds a World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics every four years; GSA will serve as the host organization in 2017.

Stay Connected

Annual Scientific Meeting

Join GSA in Orlando, FL, from November 18-22 for the world's premier aging conference.

  • Register
    Act by September 15 to take advantage of early bird discounts!
  • Exhibit
    GSA's meeting offers a unique opportunity to showcase your products, programs, publications, and other materials to a targeted audience of 4,000 authorities in the field of gerontology.

GSA Connect

GSA offers its members exclusive access to interactive professional networking. This tool encourages online resource sharing, discussion of hot topics in the field, and other ways to collaborate with your GSA peers.

  • Membership Directory
    Members can find each other by name, institution, section, fellow status, and more.
  • Interest Groups
    GSA has many interest groups that are formed around a topic or issue that cuts across disciplines.

Career Resource Center

GSA hosts two websites to help individuals become professionals in the field of gerontology.

  • Careers in Aging
    This is a database of resources that also contains information on the annual Careers in Aging Week .
  • AgeWork
    This is a database of current job offerings.

Karen Tracy

Karen Tracy is GSA’s senior director of strategic alliances and business development. She is a forward-thinking healthcare association executive who is skillful in translating vision, strategies, and objectives into firm revenues, improved performance, and increased organizational visibility. She has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. For 18 years she held various leadership positions at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), including oversight of the association’s alliances with corporate sponsors. Tracy concluded her tenure as the senior vice president of a $10 million integrated communications and information division. She served on the APhA senior management team, where she established association policy and presented to the Board of Trustees on budget, policy, strategic planning, and performance. Prior to joining APhA, Karen served as vice president at Trinity Communications and VoxMedica, healthcare communication firms based in Philadelphia that worked closely with the pharmaceutical industry. Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and a minor in political science from the University of Delaware, where she currently serves as an executive mentor. She is a member of the Marketing Research Association and is a supporter of the Brain Injury Association of America.

New In Publications

  • The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Social Sciences has issued a call for papers for a forthcoming special issue titled "The Utility of Brief Physical and Cognitive Assessments in Clinical Care." Abstracts are due October 31.
  • The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences has issued a call for papers for a forthcoming special issue titled "50 Years of Cognitive Aging." Abstracts are due January 31.
  • GSA has launched a new publication series called From Policy to Practice. The first issue is titled "An Interdisciplinary Look at the Potential of Policy to Improve the Health of an Aging America: Focus on Pain" and is free to members.
  • Public Policy & Aging Report is now published by Oxford University Press, which means GSA member have complimentary access to the complete catalog of back issues!

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