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The Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging recognizes instances of practice informed by research and analysis, research that directly improved policy or practice, and distinction in bridging the worlds of research and practice. An individual who is mid-career and actively engaged in the conception and development of innovative programs that demonstrate excellence in translating research into practical application or policy is eligible for this award. The individual should be visionary in his/her approach to meeting current and critical needs of an older population in new and creative ways.

The award is presented at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting. The awardee will also be expected to give a presentation about the program for which the award was received. The award includes a cash award of $9350, certificate, travel reimbursement and a symbolic emblem. This award is funded by the New York Community Trust through a generous gift from Maxwell A. Pollack Fund.

March 31, 2019


  • Must be nominated by, or the nomination must be supported by a member of GSA.
  • Formal Nomination Letter should include the following 2 sections:
    • Major accomplishment of candidate in bridging the worlds of research with policy and/or practice (one page or less).  This document should answer the following question:  What is the research?
    • Proposer's Statement of past and potential contribution to aging and gerontology (three pages or less), with a detailed description of the specific example(s) of bridging practice and research.  This document should answer the following question:  What is the nominee's career?  The Proposer's Statement should include:
      • The policy or practice change that occurred and why the contribution is significant.
      • The research upon which the policy or practice change is based.
      • The significant contributions of the research to this policy and/or practice.
      • The potential impact of this change on the lives of older people.
      • The broader impact or potential for replication.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae.
  • A single nomination letter signed by at least three (3) supporters.

Nomination Process
Nomination submission for this award closed on March 31, 2019.

Past Recipient's Lectures

Elder Abuse: Research, Practice, and Health Policy. The 2012 GSA Maxwell Pollack Award Lecture
Xinqi Dong
Volume 54, Issue 2, April 2014
This paper is a based on the Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging lecture given at the Annual Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America held in San Diego, California, in November, 2012.

Past Awardees: View here

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