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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
April 27, 2020

The dissemination of GSA members’ scientific research has been a guiding principle of our Society since its founding 75 years ago. While much of the research community is focused on COVID-19 right now, the important work of GSA members continues across the broad continuum of research endeavors. GSA’s role in disseminating research findings also includes making sure that accurate information about aging is shared with the general public.

One of the chief ways our Society has achieved this is through GSA’s Journalists in Aging Fellows Program, now celebrating its 10th year. This program educates journalists across all media platforms about aging issues and helps them connect with the leading researchers in the GSA membership to share findings with diverse audiences nationwide. Thus, these journalists are a vital link between aging researchers and the general public.

Recently, we received some wonderful news that two journalists received awards for work they produced as participants in the fellowship program.

Read more: Award-Winning Coverage Showcases Value of Members’ Work

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
April 14, 2020

It’s inspiring to see the show of support that New Yorkers are demonstrating for health care and other essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re taking time each night at 7 p.m. to applaud and cheer those on the front lines.

Here at GSA, we want to embrace that spirit and give recognition to people who are making a positive difference in the lives of people as we age. The events surrounding the pandemic have brought to the forefront the need for more professionals that provide care for and services to the aging population. Thus, there has never been a more timely reason for Careers in Aging Week, which GSA has organized annually for nearly two decades.

Read more: Celebrating You and the Aging Field During Careers in Aging Week

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
April 8, 2020

Among the many ways GSA members are navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic is the almost overnight transition from a typical classroom environment to a virtual distance teaching format. Many GSA members are educators and the Society has mobilized to support their ongoing success.

Read more: Overnight Transition to Distance Teaching? GSA Members and Partners Provide Tips and Resources

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
March 26, 2020

For those in need of an uplifting story, the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) was signed into law this week after receiving bipartisan support in both houses of Congress. As a continuing advocate for OAA reauthorization, GSA applauded this news in a press release issued shortly after the signing.

This news is very timely. OAA-supported programs are provided to more than 11 million older adults and their caregivers annually. These programs are designed to prevent abuse and neglect, reduce social isolation, support caregivers, offer employment and community service opportunities, promote nutrition (through Meals on Wheels, as an example), and improve transportation options.

Read more: OAA Reauthorization Provides Welcome News

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
March 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to disrupt all of our lives for months to come, with projections indicating the most difficult days are still ahead of us. We will manage through this extraordinary challenge the only way possible, by working together, doing our individual part to support the collective wellbeing of our families, communities, and institutions. We will be aided by the application of science, the tool that all of us apply daily to solve problems and to make sense of the unknown.

Here are three resources to help GSA members around the world as they navigate this pandemic.

Read more: New Resources Can Help the GSA Community Navigate the Weeks Ahead

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
March 2, 2020

When teaching individuals about the Reframing Aging Initiative, the GSA team always begins with what it takes to "reframe" an issue.

Step #1 is Map the Terrain, as shown in the multiple research projects undertaken to provide key insights. I encourage you to explore the research findings. Step #2 is Develop a Strategy to Navigate to Higher Ground, as shown in the Gaining Momentum communications toolkit. And Step #3 is Build a Caravan, Equip the Travelers and Start Moving, accomplished through workshops to prepare individuals to apply the evidence-supported framing interventions to their daily communications.

Read more: Equipping the 'Reframing Travelers'

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
February 24, 2020

One of the most meaningful roles that a professional society plays is recognizing excellence in its field. And GSA has a wonderful mechanism for doing this: through March 31, we’re accepting nominations for more than two dozen prestigious awards for gerontological achievements.

Read more: Honor Your Outstanding Colleagues Through Award Nominations

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
February 14, 2020

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.

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

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
January 31, 2020

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.

Read more: Fostering Development of Age-Inclusive Campuses

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
January 20, 2020

The National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA) convenes three times annually. NACA plays many roles. It reviews new proposed concept clearances, reviews applications for grants and cooperative agreements for research and training, and recommends approval of applications for projects that show promise, along with other duties. The next meeting is January 21 and 22.

Read more: Join the Next NACA Meeting via Videocast on Wednesday, January 22

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  3. Say Hello in Boston!
  4. In Memory of Our Friend Greg O’Neill
  5. Supporting the Next Generation of Emerging Scholars
  6. Aging Research Finds New Audiences Through GSA Journalist Fellows
  7. Older Americans Key to Nation’s Future Economic Health
  8. Ten Years After ‘Retooling’ Report, Workforce Demands Remain High
  9. Changing the “Conventional Wisdom” on Aging: the Reframing Aging Initiative Moves Forward
  10. Addressing Social Isolation Among Older Persons is Gaining Momentum
  11. Hats Off to the NIA Leadership and Staff
  12. Listening Session Kicks Off 2018 Healthy Aging Summit Planning
  13. Focusing on “What Works” Improves Immunization Rates
  14. Landmark Research Summit Breaks New Ground
  15. GSA Takes on Key Role in Advancing Nation’s Caregiving
  16. Governance Review Workgroup Helping to Shape GSA's Future
  17. To Help Older Adults in Times of Disaster, New Policies Are Needed
  18. Unnecessary Tragedy Reminds Us of Importance of Disaster Planning
  19. Supporting our Texas Neighbors, Colleagues, and Older Persons
  20. Let’s Remind People of All Ages to Get Their Vaccinations
  21. GSA Hosts Largest Gathering of Aging Scholars Ever!
  22. Science and Persistence — The Right Mix for Improving Access to Hearing Aids
  23. Older Adults Need Better Clinical Trial Representation; NIH Asks for Input
  24. Is Your University Age Friendly?
  25. Proudly Marching for Gerontology
  26. Congratulations to GSA’s Newest Officers
  27. Science is the Driving Force That Improves Lives — Fully Fund It!

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