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Sun Protection and Sunburn Among Older U.S. Adults

August 2, 2019
12  to 1 p.m. Eastern

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The second of a two-part series on cancer prevention during older adulthood, this webinar will describe the prevalence of sunburn and use of sun protection among U.S. adults aged 65 years and older. The webinar will also address associations between sun protection behaviors and sunburn and the public health implications for skin cancer prevention among older adults.

The content of this webinar will be founded on the paper titled “Association Between Sun Protection Behaviors and Sunburn Among U.S. Older Adults,” which was authored by the speaker, Dawn M. Holman, MPH, and coworkers Helen Ding, MD, MSPH; MaryBeth Freeman, MPH, and Meredith L. Shoemaker, MPH. The paper will be published in a CDC-funded supplemental issue of The Gerontologist on Opportunities for Cancer Prevention During Older Adulthood. Preliminary analyses of the research were presented as a poster presentation at the 4th International Conference on UV and Skin Cancer Prevention in Toronto, Canada in May 2018.

The webinar topic may be of interest to researchers, public health professionals, and health care providers who are interested in health promotion among older adults. It may also appeal to those with an interest specifically in skin cancer prevention.

Presented by:
Dawn M. Holman, MPH, is a behavioral scientist in the Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch of the CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. Her work is focused on opportunities to reduce cancer risk through community-level strategies that make it easier for people to adopt healthy behaviors and reduce harmful exposures at every stage of life. She leads the Division’s skin cancer prevention efforts, including use of national data to examine sun-protective behaviors, indoor tanning, and sunburn among U.S. adolescents and adults and trends over time in the incidence of skin cancer. Ms. Holman leads the development of CDC’s annual Skin Cancer Prevention Progress Report and other skin cancer prevention resources and she served as a lead writer for the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer.


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Health Literacy Considerations for Cancer Prevention Initiatives With Older Adults

June 28, 2019

The first of a two-part series on cancer prevention during older adulthood, this webinar focuses on new developments in health literacy studies and implications for public health and health care programs and practices. Of particular interest are strategies for increasing the accessibility of health information and support for healthful action. This webinar builds on the U.S. National Prevention Strategy to provide an argument for attention to literacy and numeracy with illustrations related to the development of efficacious health communication strategies geared toward older adults.

For background, read the paper titled “Health Literacy Considerations for a New Cancer Prevention Initiative” authored by the speaker, Rima E. Rudd, ScD, and published in a CDC-funded supplemental issue of The Gerontologist on Opportunities for Cancer Prevention During Older Adulthood.

The webinar topic may be of interest to researchers, public health professionals, and health care providers who are interested in health promotion among older adults.

Presented by:
Rima E. Rudd, ScD, has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences within the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for 30 years. A founder of and leader in health literacy studies, Dr. Rudd drafted the first national call to action, served on the original Institute of Medicine Health Literacy Committee, and has written and contributed to multiple health policy reports, white papers, and research studies. She is helping to broaden the notion of health literacy with attention to the quality of health-related texts, the communication skills of health and health care professionals, and the barriers and facilitating factors in health environments.

Forming Science-Industry Research Collaborations: A Preview (and Helpful Tips!)

June 26, 2019

The Standford Center on Longevity and Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Science are jointly inviting applications from early career social scientists to attend a workshop at the GSA 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting. This full-day workshop will focus on strategies and tools for academic researchers to collaborate with private-sector companies on applied research problems and interventions related to everday decision making and behavior.

Topics will include:

  • Strategies for engaging private-sector collaborations.
  • Indentifying mutually interesting research questions.
  • Tips for communicating with the private sector.
  • Navigating the research process: funding, timelines, contracts, scientific rigor, and research ethics.
  • Managing expectations
  • Avoiding conflicts of interest.

There is no cost to participate in this workshop supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging. Two nights lodging and airfare will be covered by accepted applicants. 

Eligibility: Assistant professors, postdocs, and PhD students who have advanced to candidacy. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Learn more about the workshop and how to submit an application during this webinar presented by workshop organizers Drs. Greg Samanez-Larkin of Duke University and Marti DeLiema from the Standford Center on Longevity.

Psychosocial Data Resources in the HRS

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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This webinar will provide an overview of the psychosocial data resources in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). It will also provide practical guidance on using the data, including how to: merge two half-sample waves, apply the appropriate weights, and construct analytic files to conduct dyadic analyses. A question and answer portion of the webinar will allow users to pose specific questions related to survey content and to their analyses. Joining Amanda Sonnega in the question and answer session will be Jacqui Smith, the HRS co-investigator who leads the development of HRS psychosocial content, and Lindsay Ryan, who is a key member of the HRS psychosocial group.

Visit GSA's YouTube channel for previous installments: Introduction to HRS; Biomarkers Data; Data on Cognition; and HRS Sample Design, Weighting, and Complex Variance Estimation

Presented by:

Amanda Sonnega, PhD, Associate Research Scientist in the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan (UM), where she is responsible for integrating communication, outreach, and education efforts for the Health and Retirement Study. She received her doctorate through the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship within the ISR program in Social Environment and Health. Dr. Sonnega has lectured in the UM School of Public Health on psychosocial factors in health-related behavior. Her research focuses on life course trajectories of physical and mental health; institutional and personal factors associated with vulnerability and resilience in aging individuals; and work transitions and their broad effects on health and well-being.

Jacqui Smith, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Research Professor, Institute for Social Research, and co-investigator of the HRS. Her research deals with the heterogeneity of psychological functioning, well-being, and health in midlife and old age. She uses experimental and survey methodologies to investigate age-cohort differences and age-related change in cognitive functioning, self-regulation, and well-being. Her current research focuses on subjective well-being after age 50, psychological vitality in the oldest-old, early-life and life course predictors of outcomes in later life, self-perceptions of aging, and cognitive aging.

Lindsay Ryan, PhD, is an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. She received her doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies in 2008 from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Ryan is an investigator on several ongoing research projects, all of which involve an interest in better measuring and understanding the processes by which adults change over the life course. Her research interests include investigating individual and contextual influences on well-being, physical health, and cognition across adulthood, with a particular focus on the impact of social relations. She has worked on the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) for 10 years, and is involved in the development and management of the cognition and psychosocial content within the HRS.

This webinar, which is hosted by The Gerontological Society of America, has been developed and is presented by the University of Michigan with funds from the National Institute on Aging.

Discussion on The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit for the Older Adult: Challenges and Opportunities

April 10, 2019

Presented by:

Patricia D’Antonio, BSPharm, MS, MBA, BCGP, GSA Vice President, Professional Affairs

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP
, Professor, OSAH, Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin, PhD, FSBM
, Department of Family Medicine, The School of Medicine, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, New York Physicians against Cancer, New York, NY

Peter A. Hollmann, MD
, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, RI

Brian Kaskie, PhD
, Public Policy & Aging Report Editor-in-Chief, University of Iowa

Supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

Finding and Getting the Most Out of Your Postdoctoral Fellowship Experience (GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Professional Development Webinar Series)

April 5, 2019

Where do you find opportunities about postdoctoral fellowships in your field? How do you get the most out of your postdoctoral fellowship experience? If you are considering a postdoctoral position after obtaining your PhD, and wish to learn more about how to find a postdoctoral fellowship and get the most out of your experience, please join us. Our skilled panel of professionals includes a former postdoc (Ryon J. Cobb, PhD) and a current postdoc (Jasmine Travers, PhD, AGPCNP-BC, RN) along with a postdoctoral mentor (Julene K. Johnson, PhD). Our three skilled professionals discuss the process of finding and applying for postdoctoral opportunities and share their experiences and practical advice on how to maximize your experience as a postdoctoral fellow.

Presented by:

Ryon J. Cobb, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. His program of research elucidates how experiences of mistreatment combine with one’s racial/ethnic identification to affect the health of adults in the United States. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, Social Psychology Quarterly, Ethnicity and Health, Race and Social Problems, and Biodemography and Social Biology. Several institutes within and outside the National Institutes of Health have invested in his work, including the Louisville Institute; the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and the National Institute on Aging. He received a doctorate in sociology with a focus on health and aging from the Florida State University and he received postdoctoral training in the biodemography of aging at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California.

Julene K. Johnson, PhD, is the Associate Dean of Research for the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing and the Associate Director at the UCSF Institute for Health and Aging. She is also the Research Education Core Lead and mentor in the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities. Dr. Johnson is a cognitive neuroscientist; she obtained her doctorate at the University of Texas at Dallas and completed postdoctoral training at the Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Johnson’s research program focuses on cognitive aging and covers two primary themes: (1) developing cost-effective and novel community-based interventions (e.g., arts interventions) to promote health and well-being, particularly for diverse older adults; and (2) studying risks and protective factors for cognitive and functional decline in older adults. Her research on community-engaged health promotion involves racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse older adults.

Jasmine Travers, PhD, AGPCNP-BC, RN, is a postdoctoral fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale University Schools of Medicine and Nursing. She is receiving training in a cohort of physicians and doctorally prepared nurses to become a health systems leader driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and health care. Previously, Dr. Travers completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health and a Vice Provost Fellowship for Academic Diversity. Her current work focuses on mitigating disparities in access and use of in-home and facility-based care for older adults and how best to optimize health outcomes among older adults across long-term care settings. Dr. Travers is the author of over 20 manuscripts on aging, long-term care, health disparities, workforce diversity, and infections; she has presented her work at multiple regional and national health services research, gerontological, nursing, and public health conferences.

This webinar is supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

Momentum Discussion: Leveraging Improved Vaccine Technology and the Health Care Team to Protect Older Adults

April 1, 2019

Continuing the conversation from the Momentum Discussion at the GSA 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, this webinar will explore the exciting developments in vaccine technology, review the underappreciated benefits of vaccination, and share evidence-based strategies that health care teams can use to help raise immunization rates, thereby preventing disease and its complications in older adults.

Presented by:

"Overview of Adult Immunization Rates and Challenges to Improvement": Kevin O'Neil, MD, FACP, CMD, has been a recognized leader in the senior living and geriatric medicine fields for more than 30 years. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Affinity Living Group and a clinical professor in the Department of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida. Dr. O’Neil was formerly the Chief Medical Officer for Brookdale Senior Living from 2005 to 2016 and Chief Medical Officer for Ascension Senior Living from 2016 to 2018. He also served as the medical advisor for The Institute for Optimal Aging.Dr. O’Neil is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both internal medicine and geriatric medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Geriatrics Society. He is a Certified Medical Director of AMDA—The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and recently served on its Board of Directors. Dr. O’Neil also serves on the Board of Directors of the Senior Friendship Centers of Southwest Florida and on the Board of First Step in Sarasota, Florida, which provides addiction recovery programs. Dr. O'Neil is on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal The Medical Roundtable: General Medicine Editionand he is co-editor and a contributing writer for Optimal Aging Manual.

"Improving Vaccine Effectiveness in Older Adults: Advances in Vaccine Technology": Janet McElhaney, MD, FRCPC, FACP, is a geriatrician and the Health Sciences North Volunteer Association Chair in Healthy Aging and the Vice President of Research and Scientific Director of the Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury, Ontario. She is also a professor of medicine at Northern Ontario School of Medicine and an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.Dr. McElhaney’s research interests include the effect of immunosenescence and inflammaging on the immune responses to vaccination, immunologic biomarkers of protection mediated by vaccination, and how vaccination plays a role in preventing disability in older adults. More recently, she has fostered several positive relationships with indigenous communities and health care leaders to help address multimorbidity and support collaborative community and team-based approaches to healthy aging of older indigenous people in Northern Ontario. She serves on editorial boards for the Journal of Immunology and Journal of Infectious Diseases, as an advisor to the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza, and on multiple grant review panels and advisory boards in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia.

"Beyond Disease Prevention: The Building Benefits of Vaccination": Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH, is an academic and clinical geriatrician, currently serving as professor in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Department of Medicine at Brown University. He is also active with the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Gravenstein was a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s influenza guidelines committee and co-author of the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences publication Optimizing the Prevention of Herpes Zoster in Older Adults.Dr. Gravenstein routinely speaks at Medical Grand Rounds and other lectures about influenza vaccine. He understands practical implications of vaccine recommendations and has been working with quality improvement projects to change the behavior of individuals in institutions specific to vaccines.

"Putting it Into Practice: One Health System’s Success at Improving Adult Immunization Rates": April Green, PharmD, is the Population Health Management Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist and co-chair of the System Vaccine Subcommittee for Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. Prior to becoming a pharmacist, she earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana–New Orleans and worked as a semiconductor engineer for Toppan Photomasks, where her projects ranged from manufacturing of phase shift masks to product integration engineering. She received her doctor of pharmacy degree and completed Pharmacy Postgraduate Year One residency training with Xavier and the interim Louisiana State University Hospital. Dr. Green joined Ochsner in 2014 as an inpatient staff pharmacist at the Slidell hospital campus and later relocated to the Ochsner Main Campus in New Orleans for her current role. As Population Health Management Pharmacist, she is responsible for assisting with efforts to improve Ochsner’s quality measure outcomes, increasing vaccination rates in the pediatric and adult populations, increasing comprehensive medication reviews performed by pharmacists, and improving patients’ medication adherence for the treatment of chronic health conditions.

This webinar is developed by The Gerontological Society of America and supported by Seqirus. The content is based on a program hosted at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting, sponsored by Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi Pasteur, and Seqirus.

HRS Sample Design, Weighting, and Complex Variance Estimation

March 26, 2019

This webinar provides an overview of the complex sample design of the Health and Retirement Study. It also provides practical guidance on the application of sample weights and complex variance estimation in analysis of the data. A question and answer portion of the webinar will allow users to pose specific questions related to their analyses.

Videos on the Introduction to HRS; Biomarkers Data; and Data on Cognition are available on GSA’s YouTube Channel.

Presented by:

Amanda Sonnega, PhD, is an Associate Research Scientist in the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan (UM), where she is responsible for integrating communication, outreach, and education efforts for the Health and Retirement Study. She received her doctorate through the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship within the ISR program in Social Environment and Health. Dr. Sonnega has lectured in the UM School of Public Health on psychosocial factors in health-related behavior. Her research focuses on life course trajectories of physical and mental health; institutional and personal factors associated with vulnerability and resilience in aging individuals; and work transitions and their broad effects on health and well-being.

Sunghee Lee, PhD, is an Associate Research Scientist in the Survey Methodology Program at the University of Michigan. She earned her doctorate from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. Previously, Dr. Lee served as Survey Methodologist for the California Health Interview Survey and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Biostatistics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include sampling and measurement issues in data collection with linguistic and racial minorities as well as hard-to-reach populations and cross-cultural survey methodology.

Ryan McCammon, MS, is Research Area Specialist Lead, having joined the Health and Retirement Study program in November 2018. He was previously with the University of Michigan (UM) Department of Internal Medicine as a Database Analyst while working on his master’s degree in survey methodology, which he completed in April 2018. He also holds a master’s degree in sociology from UM and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wabash College.

This webinar, which is hosted by The Gerontological Society of America, has been developed and is presented by the University of Michigan with funds from the National Institute on Aging.

A Starting Point for Looking at Age-Friendliness on My Campus: AGHE Can Help (Part 3 of 3)

Friday, March 1, 2019
1 p.m. EST

This webinar will discuss data-gathering approaches to explore your institution’s age-friendly assets, gaps, and opportunities along with how AGHE can be an Age-Friendly University resource for you and your institution.

Presenters:

Nina M. Silverstein, PhD (University of Massachusetts Boston—Massachusetts, USA)

Marilyn Gugliucci, PhD (University of New England—Maine, USA)

Made possible through a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation to AGHE for the Founders 3.0 Project.

One Vision, Many Paths: Making an Age-Friendly University Work for You (Part 2 of 3)

February 6, 2019

This webinar examines how different institutions approach their AFU vision and offer examples of how your institution can draw on its distinctive strengths to realize the AFU principles.

Presenters:

Carrie Andreoletti, PhD (Central Connecticut State University—Connecticut, USA)

Andrea June, PhD (Central Connecticut State University—Connecticut, USA)

Made possible through a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation to AGHE for the Founders 3.0 Project.

The Road to Austin: Mapping the Steps for GSA 2019 Abstract Submission

January 31, 2019

Prepare yourself in advance of the March 14 deadline to submit your abstract for the GSA 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting. This webinar will enhance your knowledge and skills for submitting an abstract. Hear from the experts about the importance and process of submitting an abstract and how best to prepare an abstract for submission. GSA President and Program Chair S. Michal Jazwinski, PhD, FGSA, of Tulane University, and Program Co-Chair Holly Brown-Borg, PhD, FGSA, of the University of North Dakota, will walk attendees through the ins and outs of the GSA 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting call for abstracts. John Beilenson, President of Strategic Communications & Planning, who has been advising scientists about communications for more than a decade, will demonstrate how to make your submission stand out from the crowd. Facilitate your abstract preparation and submission experience—and avoid disqualifying errors and rushing at the last minute—by becoming familiar with the constructive information presented in this webinar.

Supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

Becoming an Age-Friendly University Partner (Part 1 of 3)

January 9, 2019

This webinar will describe why higher education needs to be more age-friendly, the vision of the AFU initiative, and how your institution can join the AFU network.

Presenters:

Joann M. Montepare, PhD (Lasell College—Massachusetts, USA)

Kimberly S. Farah, PhD (Lasell College—Massachusetts, USA)

Made possible through a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation to AGHE for the Founders 3.0 Project.


Translating Basic Research on the Aging Family to Caregiving Intervention

October 31, 2018

Gerontology has sought to establish optimal connections between the scientific activities of researchers and the real-world concerns of practitioners and clinicians. The concept of translational research has emerged in recent years as a model for bridging the gap between science and service. This webinar provides examples of the translational research process, demonstrating how a body of basic research can be mined for insights that can guide intervention. A focus on within-family differences in older parent–adult child relationships suggests how existing caregiving interventions could be adapted or fine-tuned to take advantage of empirical insights regarding family complexity. Background reading: Translating Basic Research on the Aging Family to Caregiving Intervention: The Case of Within-Family Differences

Presenters:

Megan Gilligan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Iowa State University

Laura P. Sands, PhD, FGSA
Editor-in-Chief
Innovation in Aging
Professor, Human Development and Family Science
Virginia Tech

Steven M. Albert, PhD, FGSA
Deputy Editor-in-Chief
Innovation in Aging
Professor and Chair, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
University of Pittsburgh

Supported by the GSA Innovation Fund

Academic Job Market: What Every Early Professional Needs to Know (GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Professional Development Webinar Series)

October 26, 2018

How should you prepare yourself to become a competitive candidate for an academic career? If your career goal is to become a faculty member, this webinar will provide guidance. The presenters share the basics of a job market process and how to present your research and teaching experiences. The process of entering the academic job market may seem overwhelming, but three skilled professionals share practical advice as well as their own experience on how to navigate academic job market.

Presented by:

Barbara Cochrane, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA is the de Tornyay Endowed Professor for Healthy Aging and Interim Chair of the Department of Family and Child Nursing at the University of Washington School of Nursing. Her research and professional commitments focus primarily on older women’s health and healthy aging, specifically positive aspects of aging, symptoms in older women, breast cancer prevention and survivorship, and cardiovascular health. She has presented and consulted nationally and internationally on midlife and older women’s health, health promotion, and community care transitions for older persons.

Noelle Fields, PhD, MSW, LCSW is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a gerontology health researcher specializing in family caregiving among vulnerable populations and home- and community-based services for older adults. She has expertise in conducting community-based participatory research and has co-authored a book, Home and Community-Based Services for Older Adults: Aging in Context, with Columbia University Press. Dr. Fields has been the PI and Co-PI on several funded projects including a qualitative community assessment of “aging well” in Arlington, Texas. Currently, she is the PI of a funded project from the Transportation Center for Livable Communities to design an innovative electronic daily transportation diary for older adults using app technology.

Cal Halvorsen, PhD, MSW is an Assistant Professor at the Boston College School of Social Work and an expert on productive engagement in later life, with particular emphasis on longer working lives. He investigates self-employment and entrepreneurship in later life, encore careers, and the role institutions of higher education can play in helping those past midlife to re-career. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in social work and aging. Before earning his PhD, Cal was the director of research at Encore.org, a national nonprofit that aims to engage people at midlife and beyond to improve their communities and the world.

Supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

Moving From Linear to Reciprocal: Conceptualizing Productive Engagement Using System Dynamics

October 24, 2018

In this webinar, the authors of Conceptualizing Productive Engagement in a System Dynamics Framework describe the background that led to system dynamics scholars and gerontologists coming together to think differently about the topic of productive engagement in later life. The authors proposed that existing conceptual frameworks that articulate the antecedents and outcomes of productive engagement in a linear fashion can be improved using system dynamics. System dynamics assumes that feedback mechanisms or circular causality are central to social reality and is distinct from more traditional statistical techniques that infer unidirectional cause and effect. This approach offers a more complete understanding of the feedback loops between individuals, families, and society, as well as the impact of potential program and policy changes intended to increase the productive engagement of older adults. To create a system dynamics model, seven experts in productive aging and system dynamics met regularly to produce the “stock and flow” diagram presented in Innovation in Aging. The findings from this unique, qualitative effort suggest that there are modifiable conditions to increase the utilization of human capital in productive activities, advancing theory and helping to refine the productive aging research agenda. This activity also served as an educational and professional development tool for both teaching and research. In this session, the authors review the rationale for the project, the methods used to create the system dynamics model, the model itself, and implications of this work.

Presenters:

Nancy Morrow-Howell, MSW, PhD, FGSA
Betty Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professor of Social Policy
Brown School of Social Work Center for Aging
Washington University

Cal Halvorsen, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston College School of Social Work

Laura P. Sands, PhD, FGSA
Editor-in-Chief
Innovation in Aging
Professor
Virginia Tech

Approaches to Measuring Wisdom

July 11, 2018

Wisdom research is a fast-growing field, and more and more investigators, especially those studying aging, are interested in using measures of wisdom. A number of measures of wisdom are available that differ in conceptual background and measurement approach. After attending this webinar, participants will be able to select the measure of wisdom that best fits their research questions. A broad distinction is made between self-report measures and performance-based measures, both of which have advantages and disadvantages. In this webinar, we discuss general issues in the measurement of wisdom, give a detailed overview of the existing measures, and describe current and potential future developments. In addition to describing the current state of wisdom measurement, we hope to attract researchers who are interested in developing new, creative measures of this complex construct.

Researcher bios:
Judith Glück, Dr. rer. nat., is a professor of developmental psychology at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria. Her main field of research is wisdom—how wisdom develops, under which conditions it manifests itself, how laypeople define it, and how it can be measured. She studied psychology at the University of Vienna with a focus on measurement and item-response theory and was then introduced to wisdom research by Paul Baltes when she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Thus, she brought her background in psychometrics to the field of wisdom research and has published several papers on how wisdom can be measured. Currently, Dr. Glück is editing a psychological sciences special issue of The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences on new developments in psychological wisdom research and co-editing the Cambridge Handbook of Wisdom with Robert J. Sternberg.

Nic M. Weststrate, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Developmental Psychology at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria. His research examines growth and adjustment in response to challenging life experiences with a particular focus on the association between diverse modes of self-reflective processing and wisdom. Dr. Weststrate is an alumnus of the Wisdom and Identity Lab in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto and a current member of the university’s Institute for Life Course and Aging.

Health and Retirement Study: Biomarkers Data (Part 3 of 3)

April 24, 2018

This webinar provides an overview of the data resources on physical measures and biomarkers in the Health and Retirement Study. The first part of the webinar provides information on the design of the physical measures and biomarkers data collection (through dried blood spot) and the measures collected. It also describes the Venous Blood Study with guidance on accessing these sensitive health data and relevant documentation.

Presented by Amanda Sonnega, associate research scientist in the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan (UM), where she is responsible for integrating communication, outreach, and education efforts for the Health and Retirement Study; and Jessica Faul, associate research scientist in the Survey Research Center and a co–principal investigator of the Health and Retirement Study, and affiliated with the Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging, the Population Studies Center, and the University of Michigan BioSocial Methods Collaborative.

This webinar was developed and presented by the University of Michigan with funds from the National Institute on Aging and hosted by GSA.

Non-Academic Careers in Aging (GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Professional Development Webinar Series)

April 6, 2018

What are career opportunities outside of academia? Do you want to know how to remain involved and be actively involved in gerontology research and policy outside of university institutions? Join our experts in non-academic career paths, as they discuss their experiences in diverse gerontology roles and ways to explore potential trajectories for non-academic careers in aging, offered as part of the ESPO Professional Development Webinar Series.

Presented by a panel of professionals working in non-academic careers:
Mindy Baker, PhD, from George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers, Inc. is the Director of Education, where she provides Specialized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Training to their team members and also to professionals in the community. She has more than twenty years of experience working with people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. She has a PhD in Applied Cognitive Aging Psychology and a Certificate of Gerontology from the University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio. Her passion is finding ways to make meaningful connections with people who have dementia and teaching others to do the same. Sonya Barsness, MS, from Sonya Barsness Consulting Sonya is a Masters-prepared Gerontologist with 20 years of experience in aging, primarily in dementia care and long-term care. As a consultant, she works with organizations to support elders, particularly elders with dementia, in living with meaning and purpose, regardless of cognitive or functional challenges, or where they live. Cynthia Dougherty, PhD, MSW, is the Director of the Office of Geriatrics and Interprofessional Aging Studies at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. In her current role, some of her major responsibilities include managing a number of distance education/professional development programs, advising health profession and other students interested in the field of aging, developing and maintaining relationships with community partners, and supporting geriatric and gerontological research.

Supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

Methodological Innovations in Gerontology: Advances in Psychosocial Research

April 3, 2018

Over the past decade, the data and methods available to scholars of aging, the life course, and human development have expanded tremendously, enabling explorations of new areas of study and more sophisticated investigations of questions at the core of social gerontology. Scholars working in the social and psychological sciences have moved beyond data resources focused on measurement of individuals at a single or two points in time, and instead investigate the experiences of individuals embedded in dyads, families, social networks, and neighborhoods, at multiple points in time. Technological advances have led to an increased volume of individual-, meta-, and macro-level data, necessitating the development and use of statistical techniques to appropriately model psychosocial phenomena.

This webinar highlights key features of the recently published special issue on methodological innovations in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, led by co-editors Deborah Carr and Shevaun Neupert. I-Fen Lin describes applications of the multiple-indicators and multiple-causes (MIMIC) model to intergenerational transfer and reporting bias, and Nilam Ram presents core concepts from each of his four papers in the issue.

Papers from the special issue discussed on the webinar:

Supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

Health and Retirement Study: Data on Cognition (Part 2 of 3)

March 27, 2018

This webinar presents an overview of the data resources on cognition in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). The first part of the webinar identifies and provides guidance on the measures that have been included in the core survey along with where to find them. It also describes the supplementary clinical study of dementia — the Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) — and offers guidance on accessing these sensitive health data. The last part of the formal presentation provides an initial glimpse into a new data resource — the Healthy Cognitive Aging Project (HCAP) — that provided valid data on the presence of cognitive impairment and dementia in the U.S. population.

Presented by Amanda Sonnega, Associate Research Scientist in the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan (UM), where she is responsible for integrating communication, outreach, and education efforts for the Health and Retirement Study. She received her PhD through the Department of Health, Behavior & Society at the Johns Hopkins University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship within the ISR program in Social Environment and Health. She has lectured in the UM School of Public Health, teaching Psychosocial Factors in Health-related Behavior. Her research focuses on life course trajectories of physical and mental health; institutional and personal factors associated with vulnerability and resilience in aging individuals; and work transitions and their broad effects on health and well-being.

This webinar was developed and presented by the University of Michigan with funds from the National Institute on Aging and hosted by GSA.

The Road to Boston: Mapping the Steps for GSA 2018 Abstract Submission

January 25, 2018

Be prepared to click submit on March 15 for the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting call for abstracts deadline. This webinar will enhance your knowledge and skills for submitting an abstract. Hear from the experts about the importance and process for submitting an abstract and how best to prepare an abstract for submission. GSA President and Program Chair David J. Ekerdt, PhD, FGSA, of the University of Kansas, and GSA Program Co-Chairs, Mercedes Bern-Klug, PhD, FGSA, of the University of Iowa and Sara Moorman, PhD, FGSA, of Boston College, will walk attendees through the ins and outs of the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting abstract submission process. John Beilenson, President of Strategic Communications & Planning, who has been advising scientists about communications for more than a decade will demonstrate how to make your submission stand out from the crowd.

Introduction to the Health and Retirement Study (Part 1 of 3)

January 9, 2018

This introduction familiarizes new users with the study including previewing available data, how to access it, and some tips on getting started with analysis. An overview of the study can be found in PubMed: Cohort Profile: the Health and Retirement Study (HRS).

Presented by Amanda Sonnega, Associate Research Scientist in the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan (UM), where she is responsible for integrating communication, outreach, and education efforts for the Health and Retirement Study. She received her PhD through the Department of Health, Behavior & Society at the Johns Hopkins University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship within the ISR program in Social Environment and Health. She has lectured in the UM School of Public Health, teaching Psychosocial Factors in Health-related Behavior. Her research focuses on life course trajectories of physical and mental health; institutional and personal factors associated with vulnerability and resilience in aging individuals; and work transitions and their broad effects on health and well-being.

This webinar was developed and presented by the University of Michigan with funds from the National Institute on Aging and hosted by GSA.


NIA Outlook for 2018

December 18, 2017

Join the senior leadership of each program division within the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to learn about the 2018 outlook for aging research. Moderated by: Marie Bernard, Deputy Director of NIA. Panelists: John Haaga, Director of the Division of Behavioral & Social Research; Eliezer Masliah, Director of the Division of Neuroscience; Winnie Rossi, Deputy Director of Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology; and Felipe Sierra, Director of the Division of Aging Biology.

How to Use the GSA KAER Toolkit: A 4-step Process to Detecting Cognitive Impairment and Earlier Diagnosis of Dementia

December 13, 2017

With the number of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease continuing to grow (estimated at 6 million Americans in 2017), it is imperative that primary care providers conduct earlier cognitive impairment assessments to ensure that older adults receive appropriate medical care and referrals to community services that can often lead to improved health-related outcomes and well-being.

The online GSA KAER toolkit provides approaches and tools for primary care providers to kickstart the cognition discussion with their patients, to assess for cognitive impairment, to evaluate and diagnose dementia, and to provide post‐diagnostic referrals for education and supportive community services for persons with dementia and their family caregivers.

During this webinar, hear how the KAER model was developed, learn how to use the toolkit, and receive an overview of the approaches and featured tools to implementing each step of the KAER model.

Presented by: Richard H. Fortinsky, PhD, FGSA, Professor, UConn Center on Aging and Department of Medicine, Health Net, Inc., Chair in Geriatrics and Gerontology, University of Connecticut School of Medicine; and Katie Maslow, MSW, Visiting Scholar, The Gerontological Society of America.

Supported by an independent grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

US Aging Policy — What You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know

November 9, 2017, 2 to 3 p.m. EST

Think policy doesn’t affect the work that you do in caregiving/immunotherapy/oncology/technology/chronic disease research/long term care/fill-in-the-blank research? Think again. Join GSA Policy Advisor Brian Lindberg, MMHS, and a panel of experts who will discuss how debates that happen on Capitol Hill can impact you. The panel will take your questions live on everything from changes based on the new administration to how to get involved in policy. Featured speakers include Ellen Nissenbaum, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Howard Bedlin, National Council on Aging; and Tricia Neuman, The Kaiser Family Foundation.

Trends in Aging

October 26, 2017

Moderated by GSA President Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FGSA, the four 2017 GSA member section chairs discuss top trends in the field of aging. The panelists discuss how issues such as healthcare, lifespan innovations, and long term care cross disciplines.

Educating Policymakers: Sharing Your Expertise with Capitol Hill

October 23, 2017

In this webinar for GSA and NAGE members, experts in the aging field who have testified on Capitol Hill share their perspectives on the process, preparation, and experience of testifying before a congressional committee.

Presented by:
Brian Lindberg, MMHS, GSA Policy Advisor (moderator); Kathryn Hyer, PhD, MPP, FGSA, Professor/Director Policy Center, School of Aging Studies/Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging, University of South Florida; Janice Knebl, MBA, DO, Chief, Geriatrics Section and Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians, Endowed Chair in Geriatrics, University of North Texas Health Science Center; and Frank Lin, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health, and Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Aligning your Scientific Inquiry with Public Policy: Recommendations from Experts in Policy and Aging (GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Professional Development Webinar Series)

October 13, 2017

Given the projected growth of the older population in the United States, researchers and clinicians are tasked to explore ways to promote the health and well-being of older adults through policy. A few examples of relevant policy issues include end-of-life care, elder abuse, long-term care and Medicare reform. Emerging scholars have the unique opportunity to influence policy and engage in important discussions with policy makers to advocate for the aging society. Join us for the eighth installment of the ESPO Professional Development Webinar Series to learn more about best practices in aligning your work with the public policy arena.

Presented by:
Gretchen E. Alkema, PhD, LCSW, FGSA, serves as vice president of policy and communications for The SCAN Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the 2008-09 John Heinz/Health and Aging Policy Fellow and an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, serving in the office of Senator Blanche L. Lincoln. Brian Lindberg, MSW, MMHS, is the public policy advisor for The Gerontological Society of America in Washington, DC. Brian worked in Congress for ten years on the House Select Committee on Aging and the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Brian Kaskie, PhD, MPH, has served as a professor of health policy in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa, College of Public Health since 2000. He currently is working as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow with the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging (Senator Susan M. Collins).

Supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

Respiratory Disease in Older Adults: Focus on RSV

February 27, 2017

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can cause infections of the respiratory tract, which in some cases may lead to serious illness or death in vulnerable populations, particularly among older adults over the age of 60. In fact, RSV has been identified as the second-most common cause of viral pneumonia in older adults, after influenza. Older adults are among those most susceptible to RSV due to immunosenesence, resulting in decreases of RSV neutralizing titers and cell-mediated immunity responses.  RSV in older adults additionally impacts the health and wellness of loved ones and caregivers.

This GSA webinar addresses the epidemiology of respiratory disease in older adults, immunology and aging — why older adults get respiratory disease, and how to prevent and manage RSV infections. Featured speakers include GSA experts R. Gordon Douglas, Jr, MD; Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH; and David Canaday, MD.

This webinar was developed by GSA and supported by Novavax.

Culturally Adapting Interventions to Promote Healthy Aging among Latinos: Best Practices in Research and Publishing (GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Professional Development Webinar Series)

February 17, 2017

The older population in the United States is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. As minority populations grow and see longer life expectancies, researchers and clinicians are tasked to explore ways to promote the health and well-being of racial and ethnic minority populations. Given the growing diversity of the older population emerging scholars are uniquely positioned to focus on the health of minority aging population. In this seventh installment of the ESPO Professional Development Webinar Series, learn more about best practices in research and publishing in minority aging. 

Presented by Dr. Adriana Perez, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN. Perez moved from Arizona to Philadelphia to join the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Nursing faculty in 2015. At Penn, she has the opportunity to strengthen her work so that it has a greater impact and is more sustainable across diverse communities. She is partnering with a pediatric nurse practitioner to develop an inter-generational physical activity program for seniors and their grandchildren. Perez is working with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses to teach multicultural families, particularly Latinos, about concepts such as premiums and co-payments, and the benefits of health insurance, so they can select health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace and use it to stay healthy and save money.

This webinar is supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.


More Than Just Memes: Using Social Media and Technology to Boost Your Career (GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Professional Development Webinar Series)

October 14, 2016

Details: Social media and technology have changed the way many professionals find work, network, collaborate, and progress in their careers. Academic and clinical careers are no different. Numerous social media and technology platforms can be used for career development, networking, and research dissemination including, but not limited to, LinkedIn, ResearchGate, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. With so many outlets, it is important to know how to create a successful social media presence and use technology to your advantage. In this sixth installment of the ESPO Professional Development Webinar Series, learn more about how social media and technology can boost your career.   

Presented by Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC, assistant professor at Duke University School of Nursing. She is a National Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) Patricia G. Archbold Scholar (2009-2011) and Claire M. Fagin Fellow (2012-2014). She is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar (2014-2017) and a project director for the Duke University School of Nursing’s NIH/ NINR P30 ADAPT Center (2014-2017). She uses social media to disseminate her research findings related to improving nutritional outcomes for residents with dementia in nursing homes, and inform clinical practice. Additionally, she uses social media as a viable means for networking with experts in her field, translating/disseminating the scientific achievements of her colleagues to the public, and developing her voice/ presence in the healthcare arena. In this webinar, she discusses how she developed a plan to increase her social media repertoire (as a nurse scientist, educator, and clinician), and her plans to advance this innovative means of disseminating her science to the next level.

This webinar is supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

How to Help Older Adults Recover from Disasters

October 5, 2016

At present, most literature developed by policymakers and planners identify older adults as a vulnerable population that requires additional assistance and resources during disasters. However, it is a constellation of risk factors that make a person vulnerable. The effect of aging, vulnerability, and resilience on responses to disasters is both multidimensional and complex. This webinar provides practical information from the perspective of diverse practice settings (e.g., community-based programs, long-term care services) on how best to support the recovery of older adults after a disaster. This webinar describes best practices and organizational planning considerations related to the unique needs of this population. To highlight key issues, a case scenario is used to illustrate the importance of emergency responders, organizational response, and initiating relationships and partnerships in advance of an emergency or disaster.

Presented by:
Lisa M. Brown is Professor and Director of the Trauma Program at Palo Alto University in California. She received her PhD and MS in clinical psychology from Palo Alto University Pacific Graduate School of Psychology and BS in gerontology from City University of New York. She is licensed in Florida and California and is board certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology in Geropsychology.  Dr. Brown’s clinical and research focus is on trauma and resilience, aging, health, vulnerable populations, disasters, and long-term care. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Aging, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Service, and the Agency for Healthcare Administration. She serves on the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Aging and is a Fellow of Division 20 and The Gerontological Society of America.

Allison Gibson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Winthrop University in South Carolina. She received her PhD, MSW, and BSW in social work from The Ohio State University. She is clinically licensed in South Carolina (LISW-CP) and Ohio (LISW). Her research interests focus on community-based services for older adults, particularly in the improvement of disaster response services for older persons, their families, and caregivers.

Supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

How to Help Older Adults Prepare for Disasters

September 7, 2016

Among all age groups, older adults are the least prepared for disasters and have the highest rate of disaster-related deaths relative to the general population. This webinar provides information for clinicians, public health officials, emergency managers, researchers, social workers, and policymakers on how to best help older adults prepare for a disaster. Best practices and pre-disaster organizational planning considerations related to the unique needs of this population are discussed and methods to address concerns are offered. This webinar includes a case scenario to deepen group understanding and facilitate discussion.

Presented by:
Lisa M. Brown is Professor and Director of the Trauma Program at Palo Alto University in California. She received her PhD and MS in clinical psychology from Palo Alto University Pacific Graduate School of Psychology and BS in gerontology from City University of New York. She is licensed in Florida and California and is board certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology in Geropsychology.  Dr. Brown’s clinical and research focus is on trauma and resilience, aging, health, vulnerable populations, disasters, and long-term care. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Aging, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Service, and the Agency for Healthcare Administration. She serves on the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Aging and is a Fellow of Division 20 and The Gerontological Society of America.

Jessica Walsh is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University in California, specializing in the Trauma Program. She received her BA in social studies from Harvard University in 2010 and her MSc in psychology from the University of East London in 2013. She is currently a psychology extern on the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her research interests focus on trauma, aging, and resilience, particularly in the context of improving public policy to better respond to acts of terrorism, war, and disasters.

Supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

Strategies to Advance the National Adult Immunization Plan Through a Focus on Influenza

August 2, 2016

Learn about the National Adult Immunization Plan (NAIP) released in February 2016 by the National Vaccine Program Office, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Angela Shen addresses the four NAIP goals and key focus areas. GSA Executive Director and James Appleby shares actionable ideas generated by a multidisciplinary group to advance adult influenza immunization rates using the NAIP framework and key focus objectives. When it comes to saving people’s lives and reducing human disease and affliction, few interventions can match the record of vaccines. Participate in this one-hour webinar and learn ways to use the NAIP as a road map to create your influenza immunization strategy.

Audience: All professionals seeking to increase adult influenza immunization rates

Presented by:
Angela Shen, ScD, MPH, Senior Science Policy Advisor, National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO), US Department of Health and Human Services
James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH, Executive Director and CEO of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA)

This webinar was developed by GSA and supported by Sanofi Pasteur.

NIA 101: The Review Process (GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization/National Institute on Aging Webinar Series)

June 14, 2016

The NIA and the Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization of The Gerontological Society of America have collaborated to present the webinar “NIA 101: The Review Process,” featuring Chyren Hunter, PhD, from the NIA. This webinar will focus on each step of the grant application review process and respond to questions from the “virtual” audience. At the end of the hour-long webinar, you should have all the information you need to apply for NIA funding.

Chyren Hunter, PhD, is the deputy director and research training officer in the Division of Extramural Activities at the NIA. She oversees and coordinates a broad range of activities that support the review, funding and management of applications and grants to support research on aging.

A Balancing Act: Navigating Work and Life in Early Career (GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Professional Development Webinar Series)

February 26, 2016

Emerging scholars and professionals face unique experiences related to building a successful career while balancing relationships and personal well-being. Training programs often provide useful skills for professional development, yet few of us receive mentorship on how to navigate personal challenges related to family, relocation, work demands, and the difficulty of saying “no.” This interactive webinar provides ESPO members the opportunity learn strategies for personal success while managing a full life of work, relationships, and self.

Presented by:
Daniel Kaplan, PhD, is a clinical social worker with expertise in mental and neurological disorders. He is an assistant professor at the Adelphi University School of Social Work. His research includes both intervention studies and workforce development initiatives to optimize care services, clinical interventions, and supportive environments for older adults with mental and neurological disorders living in the community. Kaplan is a co-investigator for the John A. Hartford Foundation-funded NASW Supervisory Leaders in Aging (http://socialworkers.org/sla/). He is the former national director of social services for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Kaplan holds clinical social work licensure in New York and Massachusetts, as well as an NASW certification in advanced gerontological clinical social work. He earned his doctorate at Columbia University and then held a postdoctoral research fellowship in the NIMH Geriatric Mental Health Services Research program at the Weill Cornell Institute for Geriatric Psychiatry.

This webinar is supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.


Indigenous Aging Research: Current State of the Science and Future Directions for Research

October 30, 2015

The older adult American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) population is growing at a rapid pace. Statistics reported by the Administration on Aging reveal that the number of AI/AN adults aged 65 years and older in the United States is expected to nearly quadruple by 2050. Chronic diseases have a detrimental impact on this population, yet few research studies include AI/AN or indigenous populations worldwide. In this webinar, the presenters discuss studies funded by the National Institutes of Health and international research on indigenous populations, innovative practice-based programs, and the impact of colonization on the health of indigenous older adults. Future directions for research as well as novel approaches are also addressed. Speakers: Jordan Lewis, PhD, assistant professor, University of Washington School of Social Work and Indigenous Wellness Research Institute; Sarah Llanque, RN, PhD, scholar-in-residence, Frisch Institute for Senior Care, Florida State College at Jacksonville.

This webinar is supported by The Mentoring Effect, a special project of the GSA Innovation Fund.

Networking: Building Solid Career Connections for Emerging Scholars and Professionals (GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Professional Development Webinar Series)

October 2, 2015

Throughout your career, the ability to network is a fundamental cornerstone to building strong professional relationships. Because networking takes place in various settings, both online and offline, and oftentimes even before an initial meeting, it is an essential skill to hone. Successful networking can advance your career in the field of aging through attainment of career goals, promoting collaboration and mentorship, and enhancing grantsmanship. Join us for the fourth installment of the ESPO Professional Development Webinar Series to learn the ins and outs of networking and how to apply these skills during the upcoming GSA Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando.

Presented by:
Jaime Hughes, MPH, MSW, doctoral student in Social Work and Public Health and a NIH Predoctoral Research Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill. Ms. Hughes has worked previously with the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) at both the Ann Arbor and Los Angeles VA Medical Centers and currently collaborates with health services researchers at the Durham VA Medical Center. She is currently a member of the ESPO Executive Committee and will begin her term as Chair in November 2015.
Katherine Hall, PhD, Assistant Professor of Geriatrics at Duke University and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Durham, NC. She is a Past Chair of ESPO’s Executive Committee and currently serves as the Communications Officer of the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology Council of Student Organizations (IAGG-CSO).

This webinar is supported by The Mentoring Effect, a special project of the GSA Innovation Fund.

Post-Doctoral Opportunities: A Complete Look at the Spectrum of the Post-Doc Experience (GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization/National Institute on Aging Webinar Series)

September 18, 2015

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) Office of Special Populations and the Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization (ESPO) of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) have collaborated to present the webinar “Post-Doctoral Opportunities: A Completed Look at the Spectrum of the Post-Doc Experience,” featuring Jamie Justice, PhD, from the University of Colorado, and Todd Ruppar, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, from the University of Missouri. This webinar will focus on how to identify post-doctoral opportunities; how to make the most of post-doctoral positions; and the next steps to launch a career after the completion of a post-doctoral position. The speakers will address this content from an early career and more senior perspective, commenting on both clinical and academic opportunities.

Presented by:
Jamie Justice, PhD, is a Research Fellow in Geriatrics at Wake Forest School of Medicine working with Drs. Steve Kritchevsky and Carol Shively. Her primary research interests are to identify novel biological and behavioral factors that contribute to age-related declines in physical function and to test dietary, lifestyle and drug interventions with potential to slow the trajectory of age-related functional decline. Dr. Justice received her graduate training with Dr. Roger Enoka in the Neurophysiology of Movement Laboratory and completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Douglas Seals in the Integrative Physiology of Aging Laboratory, both located at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Todd Ruppar, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, serves as assistant professor and associate director of the Meta-Analysis Research Center at the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing. His research focuses on improving adherence to cardiovascular medications, and he has particular interests in adherence measurement and in how approaches to addressing adherence may impact health disparities. Dr. Ruppar is currently funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program, and has also had research funding through organizations including the PhRMA Foundation, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. As an educator, Dr. Ruppar teaches graduate courses on health behavior change and meta-analysis research methods, and undergraduate courses on public health nursing.

How to Gain Entry and Work with Older Adults in Culturally Grounded and Respectful Approaches

July 29, 2015

This webinar focuses on Dr. Lewis’s research experiences with tribal communities in rural Alaska and urban Seattle. The presentation discusses culturally grounded approaches to research with tribal communities, with an emphasis on community-based participatory research, and will outline recommendations for working respectfully and collaboratively with older adults in tribal communities across the United States. It also highlights the steps of beginning a research study with American Indian and Alaska Native older adults, from developing research questions to disseminating findings. Speakers: Jordan Lewis, PhD, assistant professor, University of Washington School of Social Work and Indigenous Wellness Research Institute; Sarah Llanque, RN, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in cancer, aging, and end-of-life care, University of Utah College of Nursing.

This webinar was supported by The Mentoring Effect, a special project of the GSA Innovation Fund.

New Visions for Long-term Services and Supports: The Aging Network & the White House Conference on Aging

June 25, 2015

With the backdrop of the upcoming 2015 White House Conference on Aging, and the challenges of the evolving long-term services and supports (LTSS) system at the state level, this webinar looks to the lessons of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care and the innovations of the aging services network to frame the future for person-centered LTSS. Moderator: Brian Lindberg, MSW, MMHS, public policy advisor, GSA. Speakers: Larry Atkins, PhD, executive director, Long-Term Quality Alliance, and president, National Academy of Social Insurance; Amy Gotwals, chief of public policy & external affairs, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging; Nora Super, MPA, executive director, 2015 White House Conference on Aging.

Developed by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and supported by a grant from The SCAN Foundation — advancing a coordinated and easily navigated system of high-quality services for older adults that preserve dignity and independence. Additional support provided by the GSA Innovation Fund.

Nothing With Us Without Us:  Exploring Research Partnerships With Native American Communities

April 28, 2015
 
This presentation seeks to provide a basic overview of the opportunities and challenges in conducting human subjects research in Indian Country. T.J. Holland, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Cultural Resources Supervisor and Chair of the tribe’s Cultural IRB and member of the Medical IRB, will discuss issues such as academic freedom, cultural sensitivity, and best practices for potential researchers who seek to work with Native American communities.

This webinar was supported by The Mentoring Effect, a special project of the GSA Innovation Fund.

Sleep Health and the Appropriate Use of OTC Sleep Aids in Older Adults: Results from a GSA Summit

March 13, 2015

To engage national stakeholders in a discussion on OTC sleep aid use by older adults and explore strategies for improving safe use of these products, The Gerontological Society of America organized a National Summit on OTC Sleep Aids and Sleep Health in Older Adults. Key findings from the summit include the high prevalence of sleep disturbances and recourse to OTC sleep aids, the long half-life of these medications and possible next-day detrimental effects, frequent anticholinergic side effects and the need for concerted efforts by retail pharmacists and other providers to address sleep health in older adults. The webinar speakers include Steven M. Albert, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh, Michael V. Vitiello, PhD, of the University of Washington, and Tom Roth, PhD, of Henry Ford Health Systems.

Show Me the Money! Grant Writing for Emerging Scholars and Professionals (GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Professional Development Webinar Series)

February 20, 2015

Grant writing is an essential component of all phases (dissertation, post-doctoral, early career) of your academic and professional careers. Funding is competitive, but gaining skills early in your career can help you learn how to identify funding opportunities and assemble a competitive application. This third webinar in the ESPO Professional Development Webinar Series offers tips for successful early career grantsmanship. Presenters: Laura Tonks Raffield, a PhD candidate in molecular genetics and genomics at Wake Forest School of Medicine and recipient of an F31 Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute on Aging; and Ruth Masterson Creber, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and the School of Nursing, and recipient of an F31 Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Nursing Research and grants from the John Hartford Foundation and Edna G. Kynett Memorial Foundation

This webinar was sponsored by the GSA Innovation Fund.

Medicare Annual Wellness Visit as Springboard to Detection of Cognitive Impairment, Diagnosis, and Post-Diagnosis Support

January 14, 2015

The 2010 Affordable Care Act established the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) as an opportunity for Medicare beneficiaries to receive preventive and assessment services during visits with their primary care providers (PCPs). Detection of cognitive impairment is among required AWV services, yet no specific tools are mandated and no data are available regarding tools used for this purpose. This webinar explains these and related issues being addressed by the GSA Workgroup on Cognitive Impairment Detection and Earlier Diagnosis. The presenters will be Shari M. Ling, MD, and Katie Maslow, MSW.

This webinar was developed by GSA with support from Eli Lilly and Company


Non-Academic Careers in Aging Research (GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization/National Institute on Aging Webinar Series)

December 10, 2014

Ever wondered about career opportunities beyond academia? Want to know how to remain involved and influential in gerontology research and policy outside of university institutions? During this webinar, join GSA members Leland “Bert” Waters, PhD, and Tracey Gendron, PhD, as they discuss their experiences in diverse gerontology roles and ways to explore potential trajectories for non-academic careers in aging.

Navigating the Mentor-Mentee Relationship (GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Professional Development Webinar Series)

September 3, 2014

The mentor-mentee relationship is essential to the development and success of scholars and professionals at all career stages. Establishing and cultivating a productive relationship can be uncharted territory for both mentors and mentees. This second installment in the ESPO Professional Development Webinar Series addresses various aspects of the mentor-mentee relationship, including finding mentors, delineating roles and responsibilities of mentors and mentees across career stages, and managing potential challenges. Presented by Deborah T. Gold, PhD, Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology, and Psychology and Neuroscience, and Keith Whitfield, PhD, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, leaders of the GSA’s The Mentoring Effect.

This webinar was supported by The Mentoring Effect, a special project of the GSA Innovation Fund.

Increasing the Odds that Your Manuscript will be Published (GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Professional Development Webinar Series)

February 7, 2014

Feeling the pressure to publish? Struggling to know where to publish? Have questions about the publications process? For many new scholars, navigating the publishing path can be both exciting and intimidating. ESPO’s inaugural career development webinar addressed issues that often arise during the race to get published and provided guidance through this sometimes sticky process by highlighting common pitfalls. Discussion presented by Merril Silverstein, PhD, Professor of Aging Studies and Editor of The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

This webinar was sponsored by the GSA Innovation Fund. 

Sleep Health and the Appropriate Use of OTC Sleep Aids in Older Adults

January 22, 2014

Nearly half of older adults experience disturbed sleep at least a few nights each week, and about a quarter of older adults report use of a sleep medication in the prior month. In October 2013, The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), in collaboration with Pfizer, engaged national stakeholders in a discussion on over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aid use by older adults and explored strategies for improving safe use of these products. During this webinar, join multidisciplinary experts to examine aging and sleep disturbances, the current state of OTC therapeutics for sleep disturbance, and pharmacist perspective on gaps in therapies and clinical practice.

Speakers include Steven Albert, University of Pittsburgh; Phyllis Zee, Northwestern University; Thomas Roth, Henry Ford Health Systems; and Michael Toscani, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.

This webinar was sponsored by Pfizer as part of a collaboration with GSA to support GSA’s campaign to address OTC sleep aids and sleep health in older adults.


Understanding OTC Medication Behaviors of Older Adults: Research Is Needed to Better Understand and Promote Safe and Effective Use

September 25, 2013

Join three clinical and academic experts to explore the key components discussed during the April 2013 National Summit on OTC Medication Behaviors of Older Adults, including future research needs and practical solutions. Topics include OTC medication literacy, the perceptual and cognitive basis of OTC medication decision-making, the interface between clinical and family care in OTC medication use, and technologies to support optimal OTC medication use.

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This webinar was in partnership with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA).


Learn What’s Happening with NIA Grants and Funding

June 9, 2011

GSA welcomed National Institute on Aging Director Richard J. Hodes, MD, for a discussion on federal budget constraints, their impact on NIA, strategies his agency is employing to address them, and a look toward the future. Hodes also addressed the institute’s tight payline (an agency’s funding cutoff point for grant applications), an issue of great concern to the research community.

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This webinar was co-sponsored by the Friends of the National Institute on Aging and the American Geriatrics Society, and was supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

Advocacy Training for Take Action Week

September 13, 2011

In anticipation of September's Take Action Week, GSA's policy advisor, Brian Lindberg, led a conversation about how to advocate for federal research funding, and other issues important to GSA members. Lindberg discussed how to set-up a meeting with your Senator or Member of the House of Representatives, what to expect and how to prepare for the meeting, and the basics of communicating your message.

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Thinking Inside the Box:  A Strategic Approach to Message-Driven Posters

October 4, 2011

Scientific posters. You've seen them. You've created them. Now, it's time to look at them in a whole new way. GSA's Annual Scientific Meeting features several poster sessions, and many of you will have the opportunity to present your research and ideas to a large and varied audience. If you're interested in improving your poster and making the most of these sessions, join us for this interactive webinar featuring John Beilenson, president of Strategic Communications & Planning, who has been advising scientists about communications and their posters for more than a decade.

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Comparative Effectiveness in Older Cancer Patients: Age Versus Health Status

November 19 to 21, 2010

This series, recorded during GSA's 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting,  includes three sessions on topics related to comparative effectiveness research in older cancer patients. It is designed to create new opportunities for a broader national audience to discuss and provide suggestions of areas and questions that require comparative effectiveness evaluation in order to help both the provider and the older cancer patient.

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The series was supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and co-sponsored by the International Society of Geriatric Oncology, the American Geriatrics Society, and the GSA Research on Cancer and Aging Informal Interest Group.

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