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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
March 21, 2022

GSA invites you to join with us and many others nationwide as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program. It was on March 22, 1972, that President Richard Nixon signed into law the measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 to include a national nutrition program for older adults aged 60 and above.

This legislation has helped to fund community-based programs — like Meals on Wheels — and has been responsible for the only federal program designed specifically to meet both the nutritional and social needs of older adults. Thank you to all of our members who have contributed to the success of this important work.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
March 8, 2022

As part of Women’s History Month, we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8. This year, the Smithsonian is recognizing women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers by displaying 120 life-size orange statues of female scientists around the National Mall here in Washington, DC.

I’ve seen this impressive outdoor exhibit several times and it made me think of the enormous contributions of women scholars in the field of gerontology. According to our latest demographic information, women comprise 71 percent of GSA’s membership, meaning so much of what our Society accomplishes can be attributed to their vision and leadership.

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By President Peter A. Lichtenberg, PhD, ABPP, FGSA, and CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
March 1, 2022

Like all members of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), we’ve watched in disbelief as the man-made disaster of the invasion of Ukraine has unfolded.

GSA stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, the people of surrounding nations, and the global community in condemning the military invasion of Ukraine and calling for an immediate end to hostilities.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
February 28, 2022

GSA is serving as a champion organization for Obesity Care Week (OCW) 2022, taking place from February 27 to March 5.

Obesity is a disease that continues to be stigmatized and many of those impacted struggle to receive any care, let alone adequate and appropriate care. OCW provides an opportunity to stimulate change. You can sign up for OCW alerts to receive the latest news, information, and resources that will be rolled out this week, and to take action in support of this important issue.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
February 22, 2022

GSA President Peter Lichtenberg has a new video message about The GSA 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting experience. Watch to learn more about what’s in store for Indianapolis, Indiana, this November 2 through 6!

He reminds us of the March 3 abstract submission deadline and highlights the 2022 meeting theme, “Embracing Our Diversity. Enriching Our Discovery. Reimagining Aging.”

There’s a lot to be excited about as the GSA family convenes in November for our first in-person GSA meeting in three years. This is the first time it will be hosted in Indianapolis so allow me to showcase some interesting reports on what one Forbes article called “America’s most underrated city”:

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
February 11, 2022

It’s the time of year when the building blocks of the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting Program — your latest research results — are being forged. (Please be mindful of the March 3 abstract submission deadline!) But before a single block of the foundation can be laid, the scholarship must first undergo peer-review. And right now, your colleagues are in need of peers to help out in this regard.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
January 26, 2022

Minimizing the ever-present risk of inadvertently activating negative stereotypes about older people begins with us and is determined by how intentional we are in our word choice. As leading scholars in the field, GSA members are constantly publishing research that becomes immortalized in publications. Fortunately, an expanding number of journal style guides now feature entries on bias-free language to support authors during manuscript preparation.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
January 20, 2022

The important work of the Friends of the National Institute on Aging (FoNIA) is continuing in 2022, and for the next two years, it will do so with GSA Vice President, Policy and Professional Affairs Patricia “Trish” D’Antonio serving as chair.

Congratulations to Trish for being named to this important post! Our society was a founding member of FoNIA, which now boasts more than 50 organizational members. It’s a broad coalition of organizations committed to the advancement of health sciences research that affects older Americans.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
December 14, 2021

Congratulations to the editorial leadership of GSA’s journals for taking a very proactive step in advancing GSA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). They have published a new editorial, jointly appearing in the current issue of all of GSA’s journals, that offers guidance to all authors and reviewers moving forward — while also pledging to nurture the growth and recognition of scholars from groups that have been underrepresented in the journals.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
December 6, 2021

The latest issue of Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR), Addressing Systemic Inequities and Policy Deficiencies in the U.S.,” was overseen by the leadership of GSA’s Social Research, Policy, and Practice (SRPP) Section and is linked to the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) theme, “Disruption to Transformation: Aging in the ‘New Normal.’” SRPP Past Chair Bob Harootyan, MS, MA, FGSA, and current SRPP Chair Philip A Rozario, PhD, FGSA, served as contact editors and authored the issue’s opening article.

“The unprecedented disruptions precipitated by the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and its disparate impacts, especially among communities of frail older adults and neighborhoods of color, are telling examples of persistent and insidious systemic forms of discrimination in society,” Harootyan and Rozario wrote. “During the same time, media coverage of police brutality and killings in the United States led to heightened demands for equity and justice for Black Americans and other marginalized populations. To that end, the 2021 ASM’s theme and the articles in this issue of PP&AR reflect our aspirations to learn from our past and reinvent a more equitable future.”

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  5. GSA Invites Members to Participate in HBCU Collaboration
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  7. GSA Invites Diverse Emerging Scholars to Career Development Workshop
  8. Join Sept. 15’s Virtual NACA Meeting for Federally Funded Aging Research Updates
  9. Vaccine and Mask Conversations: How Do We Have a Useful Dialog?
  10. In Creating Vaccine Success Stories, Flu Shot Can’t Be Overlooked
  11. Congrats to Dr. Marie Bernard, Now Leading Scientific Workforce Diversity at NIH
  12. GSA Journals Lead Among Most-Cited Publications
  13. New Issue of The Gerontologist Showcases Persistent Workforce Challenges in Long-Term Care
  14. Words Matter: GSA’s Reframing Aging Work Animates the Age-Friendly Ecosystem
  15. Together We Can Tackle the Threat of C. difficile
  16. GSA Keeps COVID-19 Resources Relevant with New Updates
  17. Get a Bird’s-Eye View of the National Advisory Council on Aging: Next Meeting May 12
  18. Play Your Part During Careers in Aging Week: April 18 to 24
  19. New Brief Provides Roadmap for Advancing Dementia Caregiving
  20. Spotlight Shines on GSA Members in New PBS Program
  21. COVID-19 Scholarship Shines in Journal Collections
  22. Check out GSA’s New Fellows Forum — Insights on Aging Biology
  23. Invitation to Submit Your Scholarship: Opportunities with GSA’s Journals and 2021 Meeting
  24. Science Again Proves Itself a Winning Investment; Share Yours at GSA 2021!
  25. With U.S. Back in WHO, Decade Ahead Looks More Promising
  26. Policy Considerations for a Post-COVID Presidency
  27. Promote Vaccine Awareness and Change the Course of History
  28. Undaunted: A Tribute to Kathy Hyer
  29. GSA’s Policy Internship Will Go Virtual in 2021; Apply Now!
  30. GSA’s Journals Continue Tradition of Strong Stewardship
  31. Your Hard Work Rewarded: The Scholarship Continues on GSA’s Meeting Platform
  32. New: Engage in GSA Meeting Presenter Discussions (Live Q&A with Speakers)
  33. Three Key Dates to Remember
  34. Take Advantage of GSA 2020 Pre-Conference Events — Sign up Now!
  35. Building the Case for Age-Inclusivity in Higher Education
  36. Need to Upload Your GSA 2020 Meeting Presentation? We’ll Show You How
  37. Submit Your Late Breaker Poster Abstracts by September 3
  38. A GSA Meeting of Expanded Opportunities Awaits You
  39. Ageism Is Rampant, Poll Confirms, But We Can Fight It Together
  40. Infographic Dispels Myths About COVID-19’s Impact on Older Adults
  41. New GSA Fact Sheet Highlights Pathway to Future COVID-19 Vaccine(s), But Let’s Remember Importance of Fully Utilizing Already Available Immunizations
  42. U.N. Reminds Us What’s at Stake as We Collectively Respond to COVID-19
  43. GSA Journals Support Those Adapting and Innovating to Advance Aging Research
  44. Award-Winning Coverage Showcases Value of Members’ Work
  45. Celebrating You and the Aging Field During Careers in Aging Week
  46. Overnight Transition to Distance Teaching? GSA Members and Partners Provide Tips and Resources
  47. OAA Reauthorization Provides Welcome News
  48. New Resources Can Help the GSA Community Navigate the Weeks Ahead
  49. Equipping the 'Reframing Travelers'
  50. Honor Your Outstanding Colleagues Through Award Nominations
  51. A Big ‘Thank You’ to USF for Hosting My Recent Visit
  52. Fostering Development of Age-Inclusive Campuses
  53. Join the Next NACA Meeting via Videocast on Wednesday, January 22
  54. Philadelphia to Host GSA’s 75th Anniversary Meeting in November
  55. New 'Decade of Healthy Aging' Helps Us Measure Research Progress
  56. Say Hello in Boston!
  57. In Memory of Our Friend Greg O’Neill
  58. Supporting the Next Generation of Emerging Scholars
  59. Aging Research Finds New Audiences Through GSA Journalist Fellows
  60. Older Americans Key to Nation’s Future Economic Health
  61. Ten Years After ‘Retooling’ Report, Workforce Demands Remain High
  62. Changing the “Conventional Wisdom” on Aging: the Reframing Aging Initiative Moves Forward
  63. Addressing Social Isolation Among Older Persons is Gaining Momentum
  64. Hats Off to the NIA Leadership and Staff
  65. Listening Session Kicks Off 2018 Healthy Aging Summit Planning
  66. Focusing on “What Works” Improves Immunization Rates
  67. Landmark Research Summit Breaks New Ground
  68. GSA Takes on Key Role in Advancing Nation’s Caregiving
  69. Governance Review Workgroup Helping to Shape GSA's Future
  70. To Help Older Adults in Times of Disaster, New Policies Are Needed
  71. Unnecessary Tragedy Reminds Us of Importance of Disaster Planning
  72. Supporting our Texas Neighbors, Colleagues, and Older Persons
  73. Let’s Remind People of All Ages to Get Their Vaccinations
  74. GSA Hosts Largest Gathering of Aging Scholars Ever!
  75. Science and Persistence — The Right Mix for Improving Access to Hearing Aids
  76. Older Adults Need Better Clinical Trial Representation; NIH Asks for Input
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  79. Congratulations to GSA’s Newest Officers
  80. Science is the Driving Force That Improves Lives — Fully Fund It!

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