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Interest Groups

GSA is excited to announce a new opportunity at the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, MA, November 14-18, 2018: Interest Group Collaborative SymposiumClick here to learn more.

 

The Society has many interest groups that are formed around a topic or issue that cuts across disciplines. Interest groups meet at the Annual Scientific Meeting and also provide year-round opportunities for networking, collaboration on research projects, and increased involvement for members. Interest group members engage throughout the year via their interest group's GSA Connect Community. 

To join an interest group, follow the steps outlined on this document. Once you join you will get access to that interest group community on GSA Connect. GSA members can join as many interest groups as they wish. A list of interest groups is below. 

Each interest group has typically one to two volunteers who serve as conveners. Conveners are the main organizers of the interest groups and serve as the point of contact to members. There are two documents to help conveners carry out their responsibilities, interest group policies and a convener handbook

For questions regarding Interest Groups, please contact, Gena Schoen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Elderly People
Aging, Alcohol, and Addictions
Aging in Asia
Aging Workforce
Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias
Assisted Living
Behavioral Interventions for Older Adults
Brain
Business and Aging
Cancer and Aging
Chinese Gerontology Studies
Community College
Directors of Aging Centers
Disasters and Older Adults
Economics of Aging
Environmental Gerontology
Epidemiology of Aging
Family Caregiving
Geriatric Education
Geroscience
Grandparents as Caregivers
Health Behavior Change
HIV, AIDS, and Older Adults

 

Hospice, Palliative, and End-of-Life Care
Hospital Elder Life Program
Human-Animal Interaction
Indigenous Peoples
Intergenerational Learning, Research & Community Engagement
International Aging and Migration
K-12 Gerontology Education
Korean/Korean American and Aging
Lifelong Disabilities
Measurement, Statistics, and Research Design
Men's Issues
Mental Health Practice and Aging
Nursing Care of Older Adults
Nutrition
Oral Health
Patient/Person Engagement in Research
Qualitative Research
Rainbow Research Group
Religion, Spirituality, and Aging

 

Reminiscence, Life Story, and Narrative: Research and Practice
Research in Quality of Care
Rural Aging
Societal Implications of Delaying Aging
Systems Research in Long Term Care
Technology and Aging
Transportation and Aging
Women's Issues

Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Elderly People

Promotes better understanding and more effective response to elder abuse through research and coordinated action across disciplines and systems

Contact: Susan Somers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aging, Alcohol, and Addictions

Provides an opportunity for persons interested in the issues of elderly abuse of alcohol and drugs to meet, exchange, information and resources, and make contacts with persons who have similar interests.

Contact: Sarah Canham, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Aging in Asia

GSA Aging in Asia Interest Group provides a venue for collaboration, mentoring, and resource exchange among researchers, practitioners, and others who have an interest in issues related to aging in Asia and among Asian immigrants living in the U.S. and other countries.

Contact: Vivian Lou Weiqun, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Farida Ejaz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Keiko Katagiri, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aging Workforce

Provides members an opportunity at its annual meeting to (1) report on their research on the aging workforce, (2) discuss emerging areas of research and potential collaborative ventures, and (3) identify promising GSA annual meeting paper submissions and symposia. Networking among members throughout the year is encouraged.

Contact: Philip Taylor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

Promotes the collaboration of researchers and practitioners conducting basic or applied research on Alzheimer's Disease and the related dementias including (or as well as) Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). We welcome any questions and suggestions for collaborative work or collaborative symposia at GSA's annual conference.

Contact: Stacy Andersen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Patricia Heyn, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Lenora Smith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Assisted Living

Provides an opportunity for academics, researchers, clinicians, health care providers, and policymakers to network and learn about current interest/research from their colleagues. This allows members to collaborate on projects and inspires new ideas/projects.

Contact: Lindsay Schwartz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Candace Kemp, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Behavioral Interventions for Older Adults

The purpose of this interest group is to enhance the science of conducting behavioral intervention research. The interest group will serve as a focal point for facilitating inter-professional collaborations to advance novel intervention methodologies and testable programs, problem solve common research challenges such as the pipeline for developing and testing interventions, developing infrastructures for multi-site studies testing behavioral interventions and dissemination and scaling strategies.

Contact: Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, and Sara J. Czaja, PhD, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brain

Promotes brain aging research by encouraging opportunities for research collaborations and through the dissemination of cutting-edge research findings, state of the art methodologies, and best practices that focus on the aging brain.

Contact: Catarina Rosano, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Veronica Galvan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Business and Aging

Provides an opportunity for business schools, various sectors of gerontology, and the corporate world to share research and implement findings.

Contact: Dana Bradley, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Janice Wassel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cancer and Aging

Contact: Corinne Leach, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Ashley Bryant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Promotes research, policy, practice, and education  to address the complex needs of the growing population of older adults with cancer. Provides opportunities for networking, collaboration building, and advocacy. 

Chinese Gerontology Studies

Contact: Bei Wu, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Ning Zhang, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Terry Lum, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Researchers are called upon to become more knowledgeable about aging in various cultures and to work together to improve the quality of life for older adults throughout the world. The mission of the Chinese Gerontology Studies Interest Group (CGSIG) is to promote interdisciplinary research on Chinese older adults globally.

Community College

Provides a forum to share resources and best practices for gerontology and geriatrics educators within the community college setting, while also increasing the visibility of the role community colleges play in gerontology and geriatrics education.

Contact: Jan Abushakrah, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Mike Faber, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Karla Gustafson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Directors of Aging Centers

Contact: Neil Charness, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Suzanne Kunkel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Committed to educating its members about policies and best practices for enhancing the functioning of Centers on Aging. Centers have a common interest in facilitating and promoting research and education on life-span developmental processes and disseminating this information to their communities. They do this by assembling a multidisciplinary membership, encouraging dialog about aging processes, and reaching out to their local communities to disseminate research and practice information.

Disasters and Older Adults

This groups aims to appeal to academics, researchers, clinicians, healthcare providers (nursing homes, hospitals, medical facilities), program administrators (senior centers, meals on wheels, Area Agencies on Aging), and policymakers (state and federal) from all disciplines who provide care or services to older adults and are interested or concerned about their preparedness, response, and recovery from disasters.

Contact: Allison Gibson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Mary Helen McSweeney-Feld, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Economics of Aging

Brings together researchers, educators and practitioners concerned with payment and financing of long-term services and supports, Medicare, economic well-being of older adults, and economics of the caregiving workforce, with a focus on policy and practice implications

Contact:
Christine E. Bishop, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Environmental Gerontology

Brings together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners to understand the relations between physical, psychosocial, socioeconomic, social, chemical, food and natural environmental aspects of quality of life in aging.

Contact: Anne Mitchell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Amy Eisenstein, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Jessica Finlay This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Epidemiology of Aging

Provides a forum for the application of epidemiologic principles to the study and the problems of aging, and improves the applications of epidemiologic principles to research throughout GSA.

Contact: Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Eileen Crimmins, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Family Caregiving

An interdisciplinary group focused on the promotion of the well-being and quality of life for the caregiver and care recipient within the context of the family and the community. Group members will work collaboratively to address family caregiving in a creative and innovative manner through the sharing of knowledge and ideas to further research, interventions, programs, and policy development at various levels.

Contact: Karen Appert, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Mary Antonelli, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Geriatric Education

Promotes educational strategies for interprofessional training and education and training for gerontology and geriatrics. It works to advance inter-disciplinary collaboration and develop educational strategies to maximize its reach within the educational arena.

Contact: Elaine Jurkowski, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jennifer Mendez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Geroscience

Convenes basic scientists and clinicians to allow for exchanges of ideas and priorities and provide a venue/symposium for that interaction.

Contact: George Taffet, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; George Kuchel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Felipe Sierra, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grandparents as Caregivers

Recognizes the rapid increase over the past decade of grandparents serving as caregivers for their grandchildren, especially those taking on the role of primary caregivers. It brings researchers in this area together to increase GSA and the public's awareness of the special issues of this phenomenon.

Contact: Loriena Yancura, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Megan Dolbin McNab, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Health Behavior Change

Contributes a public health perspective to GSA and proactively addresses health status issues for older persons and the aging population in general.

Contact: Jo-Ana Chase, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Avani Shah, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HIV, AIDS, and Older Adults

Promotes research, policy, practice and advocacy to address the health and psychosocial needs of a diverse and growing population of adults aging with HIV and AIDS.

Contact: Tonya Taylor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Monique Brown, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hospice, Palliative, and End-of-Life Care

Promotes research and education on hospice, palliative and end-of-life care issues for older persons, their family caregivers and health care providers.

Contact: Cathy Berkman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Leland Waters, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Hospital Elder Life Program

Promote and encourages hospitals/individuals in developing and maintaining a structured program (HELP) to prevent delirium and functional decline in hospitalized older adults.  Additional information about HELP is available on the web at www.hospitalelderlifeprogram.org.

Contact: Jonny Macias Tejada, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Susan Heisey, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Human-Animal Interaction

Brings together aging researchers in all areas to explore the full value proposition for companion animals in providing a high quality of life for older adults.

Contact: Nancy Gee, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Megan Mueller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Jessica Bibbo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Indigenous Peoples

Promotes language, culture, education, mentoring, and collaboration on indigenous peoples and aging through research, policy and practice in the global society.

Contact:  Jordan Lewis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Intergenerational Learning, Research, & Community Engagement

Investigates, expands, and promotes opportunities for participating in intergenerational learning, research, and community engagement. The group serves as a support network for the community, professionals, educators and students in gerontology, sharing cutting edge intergenerational programs, research, various teaching approaches/platforms, and the incorporation of applicable technology.

Contact: Carrie Andreoletti, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Laura Donorfio, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Roma Hanks, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;  Lyn Holley, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

International Aging and Migration

Provides an opportunity for persons interested in the issues of aging and migration to meet, exchange information and resources, and make contacts with persons who have similar interests.

Contact: Allen Glicksman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Sandra Torres, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

K-12 Gerontology Education

Dedicated to supporting efforts to infuse gerontology in the K-12 curriculum, particularly in areas such as biology, health, reading, and social studies.

Contact: Mary Ann Erickson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Korean and Korean American and Aging

Brings together those who share a common interest in issues around aging for Korean people (for those living in Korea and the U.S.).

Contact: Meeryoung Kim, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Linda Park, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Hyunjin Noh, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lifelong Disabilities

Links groups and individuals who research or provide for the special needs of older persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and helps to resolve issues of concern to them.

Contact: Caitlin Coyle, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Kelly Munly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Measurement, Statistics, and Research Design

We promote the development and dissemination of state-of-the-art methods for the design, conduct and analysis of studies in gerontology.  Our members include senior experts as well as younger trainees, and are interested in a wide variety of issues related to measurement, statistics, and research designs.

Contact: Jennifer Schrack, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Todd Manini This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Men's Issues

Provides a forum for practitioners and researchers interested in older men’s lives and how masculinities influence the experience of aging for men.

Contact: Ed Thompson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Samantha Solimeo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mental Health Practice and Aging

Our mission is to improve the mental health of older adults through multidisciplinary research, clinical, and educational collaborations that contribute new knowledge and evidence-based practices to consumers and professionals.

Contact: Sarah Stahl, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Kim Van Orden, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Latrice Vinson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nursing Care of Older Adults

Disseminates effective nursing interventions for care of older adults, and advances the study of needs of older adults and their families by encouraging interdisciplinary communication and supporting the development of a scientific basis for nursing care of older adults.

Contact
: Catherine Van Son, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Christine Williams, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Ruth Lopez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nutrition

Focuses on nutrition and nutrition research as important areas of gerontology, and raises the level of awareness of this fact within GSA by providing a forum for discussion.

Contact: Connie Bales, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Julie Locher, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oral Health

Provides an opportunity for persons interested in the issue of oral health as an essential element of healthy aging to meet, exchange, information and resources, and make contacts with persons who have similar interests.

Contact: Paula Friedman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Elisa Ghezzi, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Michele Saunders, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Bei Wu, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Patient/Person Engagement in Research

Brings together gerontologists interested in engaging the patient/person population into some or all phases of their research. Typically, research is conducted on and about older adults and their caregivers, but not with them. As researchers, we do not have the ability to know what their prioritized health and quality of life outcomes are, or how best to achieve those outcomes without eliciting their input throughout our work. Therefore, the group will promote the conduct of multi-and interdisciplinary research in aging by expanding the quality and quantity of gerontological research through networking and advocacy around improved methods of research, and by expanding the notion of an interdisciplinary team to include the voice of the older adult and/or their caregiver.

Contact: Amy Eisenstein, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Erin McGaffigan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Katherine Abbott, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Qualitative Research

Provides mentoring to newer members as well as offers a space for networking and sharing strategies information, and projects using qualitative research methods to understand the experience, needs and service provisions to older adults.

Contact: Abby Schwartz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Judy Smith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Joyce Weil, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rainbow Research Group

The Rainbow Research Group helps facilitate connections between researchers interested in LGBT aging as well as researchers who identify as LGBT. Each year the Rainbow Research Group convenes a business meeting, group dinner, and symposium at the annual Gerontological Society of America meeting.

Contact: Jason Flatt, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Krystal Kittle, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Religion, Spirituality, and Aging

Joins scholars of religion who focus on institutional beliefs and behaviors with researchers of the spirituality of beliefs and personality correlates.

Contact
: Alex Bishop, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reminiscence, Life Story, and Narrative: Research and Practice

Focuses on both research and clinical perpectives on how reminiscence, life review and other forms of autobiographical memory are related to issues of mental health, personality, and cognitive functions in older adulthood.

Contact: Loriena Yancura, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Research in Quality of Care

Assembles, disseminates, and upgrades the quality of available scientific knowledge on dementia-related illnesses while focusing especially on dementia patients in special-care settings.

Contact: Howard Degenholtz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Kathryn Hyer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rural Aging

Increases the awareness and understanding of rural aging issues and serves as a vehicle for sharing information on rural aging research, policy and practice.

ContactCassandra Ford, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Lyn Holley, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Societal Implications of Delaying Aging

This is a group of people interested in increasing public and funding support for dramatically accelerating the research and development of effective anti-aging therapies to extend healthy lifespans.

Contact: Leonid A. Gavrilov, PhD, NORC at the University of Chicago, Center on Aging, Chicago, IL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Systems Research in Long Term Care

Provides networking for researchers interested in the applications of systems theories and methodologies to the study of long-term care and opportunities to increase awareness of systems-level frameworks applied to the interdisciplinary study of long-term care.

Contact: Elena Siegel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Kirsten Corazzini, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Technology and Aging

Investigates possibilities for applying the results of rapid advances in technology to better the lifestyles of the growing number of older persons in a world-wide society.

Contact
: Charlene C. Quinn, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Transportation and Aging

The Transportation and Aging Interest Group provides a home for those interested in any aspect of senior mobility.

Contact: Beth Dugan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Elin Schold Davis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Lesley Ross, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Women's Issues

Focus on multi-and interdisciplinary research, education, policy, and community/clinical activities regarding older women.

Contact: Tracie Harrison This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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