Gerontology, a multidisciplinary field of research, studies the process of aging across the lifespan.
In late November, experts in the field of aging gathered in New Orleans for the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Association of America (GSA) and UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School was well represented. with more than 30 researchers presenting their work.
Hailing from the Department of Gerontology, which houses the second oldest PhD program in this field in the country, six McCormack faculty members gave posters or presentations at the four-day conference. More than two dozen current doctoral students and alumni also delivered papers or displayed posters. In addition, Bernard Steinman of the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging and Nina Silverstein of the Gerontology Institute and College of Public and Community Service shared their research.
Papers and posters highlighted faculty and student research on long-term care, mental health, successful aging, transportation issues, caregiving, aging policy, and demographic and cross-cultural perspectives, among others. (A complete list of participants and their research topics is available online.)
Elizabeth Chen, a McCormack scholar and gerontology student who presented her research conducted with Professor Jan Mutchler and fellow student Maryann Nguyen on “Medical Orders for Life -Sustaining Treatment in a Long-Term Acute Care Setting,” praised the department’s commitment to collaborative research. “Our faculty mentors are unbelievably generous, giving us their time and guidance to help us publish as first authors in our own areas of interest."
“Our contingent of more than 30 researchers presenting at this national conference is just one more example of the enormous talent and expertise in the field of aging and aging policy we have assembled at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School,” says Ira A. Jackson, dean of the college. “From issues in health care utilization to social supports for the aged, the applied research conducted at our Department of Gerontology is impacting policies and practices in elder communities across the globe.”