A Big ‘Thank You’ to USF for Hosting My Recent Visit

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH

I recently had the privilege of visiting the University of South Florida (USF) campus in Tampa, Florida, which is the home institution of GSA President Dr. Kathy Hyer. It was a rewarding day that provided rich opportunities to discuss key GSA initiatives and to learn about the exciting work underway at USF.

The faculty was intrigued to learn more about GSA’s work to advance the Reframing Aging Initiative and how this work intersects with the development of new scholarship. Following recent updates to the AMA and APA style guides, faculty who submit papers to journals following these formats will see new language recommendations (aligning with the Reframing Aging Initiative) for referring to older adults.

Fostering Development of Age-Inclusive Campuses

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH

I’d like to introduce you to GSA’s newest workgroup, the members of which are guiding the Society’s efforts to nurture more age-inclusive higher education environments. This topic has been a priority area since GSA’s Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education section endorsed the 10 principles of the Age-Friendly University (AFU) Global Network. We’ve been spreading the word nationwide ever since, supported by meeting presentations, publications, and webinars.

The workgroup is chaired by Joann Montepare and its roster includes members Carrie Andreoletti, Elizabeth Bergman, Marilyn Gugliucci, Judy Howe, Nancy Morrow-Howell, Michelle Porter, John Schumacher, and Nina Silverstein. We welcomed everyone to GSA headquarters for a kickoff meeting in late January.

Philadelphia to Host GSA’s 75th Anniversary Meeting in November

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH

The GSA meetings team just completed a wonderful site visit to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the host city for the GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting, taking place November 4 to 8. We toured the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, which will serve as the headquarters hotel. This is in central location, meaning attendees will be able to take advantage of a thriving restaurant scene and explore historic Reading Terminal Market.

New 'Decade of Healthy Aging' Helps Us Measure Research Progress

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH

Bill Gates’ well-known quote, “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten,” is a useful reminder to the aging research, practice and education communities as we collectively march into the World Health Organization (WHO) proclaimed Decade of Healthy Aging (2020-2030).

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