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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.

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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.

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

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    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
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  • 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.

Aanand D. Naik

Q&A with Aanand D. Naik, MD, from the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

naikMeet Aanand.

“Common chronic conditions are considered mundane but they become complex in older adults with multiple conditions and functional limitations.  Addressing and ameliorating these conditions to improve daily lives provides a lot of personal satisfaction.”

Q: How long have you been a GSA member?
A: GSA is dedicated to improving the health and lives of older adults.  That has always been a professional and personal motivation for me.  So it’s only natural that I become a member and involved with the organization.

Q: You are a Hartford Change AGEnt. What is your Hartford affiliation and what was that project?
A: In 2006, I was fortunate to receive my first national grant from the Hartford Foundation that launched my academic career.  I received a Hartford Geriatrics Health Outcomes Research Scholars Award to develop goal-directed care models for older adults with diabetes and hypertension.  We subsequently developed and tested interventions of our models of goal-directed care.  Our current clinical trial attempts to embedded this model into patient centered medical homes within the VA health system.  My current Hartford affiliations with the Patient Centered Medical Home Network and the Care-Align initiative are natural extensions of my research and practice change efforts.  

Q: How did you become interested in the field of aging?   
A: Lifelong really.  I grew up with my great-grandmother and grandparents in our home and have always had a great respect for the wisdom and involvement of older adults in my life.  In medical school, I found a handful of role-models who were academic geriatricians that inspired me to pursue this career path.

Q: What was your inspiration for your practice change initiative/project?
A: As a medical resident, I became interested in tackling the medical issues that older adults face.  Common chronic conditions are considered mundane but they become complex in older adults with multiple conditions and functional limitations.  Addressing and ameliorating these conditions to improve daily lives provides a lot of personal satisfaction.  However the current model of primary care emphasizes single disease management models with high intensity testing, medications, and other therapeutics that sometimes do more harm than good in the aggregate.  The organizational, communications, and economic incentives of our current model of health care are often not in the best interest of older adults with multiple morbidities.  I was inspired first by this problem.  However, the more ongoing inspiration is the dogmatic persistence of this model of care despite its obvious flaws.  Developing and implementing solutions is surprising difficult.   Our current system functions from the perspectives of doctors and nurses who are focused on diseases, often one disease at a time.  We rarely address patients’ and caregivers’ perspectives and rarely from the vantage point of their life values and health goals.  Collaboratively helping patients develop health goals is not easy or straightforward.  We have previously tested a group-based model of goal-setting in primary care funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research.  We are currently testing a telephone-based model of collaborative goal-setting for older adults with diabetes and depression in a randomized clinical trial funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Our next challenge is to embed these interventions within routine primary care medical homes that integrate clinicians’ treatment plans with patients’ goals.  

Q: What are your key responsibilities at your job?
A: In addition to my research program and responsibilities, I also direct the education and training programs at our research center.  In this role, I supervise a number of doctoral, postdoctoral, and postresidency training fellowships for clinicians and non-clinical PhDs as well as physicians and nurses.  These fellowships are focused on health services research and quality improvement sciences.  In particular, I direct the coordinating center for the VA Quality Scholars Program.  This is a training program for physicians and doctorally-prepared nurses at 8 VA sites across the country and a partner program in Toronto.  We direct a national curriculum in quality improvement and assist with program evaluation and recruitment.

Q: Do you have any tips for emerging gerontologists and Change AGEnts?
A: Find something you are passionate about – something you dream about, think about in the shower or while driving, etc.  Then, find a team of collaborators, preferably an interprofessional one, who share your passion.  Meet with your team regularly to share stories and plan solutions.  Identify and work towards a mutual program or goal that engages everyone on your team and addresses the problem that inspired you in the first place.

Q: Have you had an important mentor in your career or benefited from interdisciplinary relationships
A: Mentorship makes all the difference, especially if the mentors represent an interprofessional team.

Want to ask Aanand a question? Contact him on GSA Connect!

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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