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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
November 15, 2021

The official dates of the GSA 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting Online are now in the rearview mirror, but I’m guessing even the most dedicated GSA member couldn’t have taken in all 1,200 individual symposium presentations, 700 papers, and 1,400 posters within a four-day span!

Fortunately, all of our scientific program remains accessible for registered attendees in on-demand format on the GSA 2021 meeting platform. All of this rich content — which embodied our meeting theme of “Disruption to Transformation: Aging in the ‘New Normal” — is available for consumption until December 31.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
November 2, 2021

Clostridioides difficile (or C. diff) is the most common health care associated infection. Yet only 30 percent of Americans have heard of this dangerous and potentially deadly disease. So in this November’s C. Diff Awareness month, let’s do what we can to raise awareness among colleagues, partners, and the public.

GSA has teamed-up with several other organizations to address the challenges presented by this bacterium. The Peggy Lillis Foundation has a website dedicated to helping friends, family, and healthcare workers “See C. diff.” It covers the risk factors, symptoms, and potential treatments, so we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from this preventable disease.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
October 19, 2021

The Friends of the National Institute of Aging (FoNIA) coalition, of which GSA is a founding member, has designed a social media campaign to highlight the research that NIA funds and enhances the lives of all Americans.

FoNIA is encouraging all aging researchers to take a picture of themselves and/or something emblematic of their research and post to social media using #NIAFundsMe. FoNIA can then funnel these posts to appropriate Congressional social media feeds to expand awareness of your research and the key role NIA plays in advancing science.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
October 12, 2021

A new collaboration to build relationships between GSA and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is underway, and you’re invited to be a part of it.

As initiated by four alumni/faculty of HBCUs from within the GSA membership — Drs. Tamara Baker, Ashley Jennings, Tiffany Washington, and Felicia Wheaton — a kick-off meeting for all interested parties will take place online on Friday, October 22, from 1 to 2 pm. ET. If you are an alumni, faculty, staff, or student who represents an HBCU, or just want to learn more, please sign up and put this on your calendar.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
September 28, 2021

How have ongoing challenges to saving for retirement been exacerbated by COVID-19-related job losses? How does the legacy of race discrimination lead to negative economic and health impacts for older people of color? How could a proposed All Generations Plan for Social Security be a solution for preventing poverty in older people?

The answers to these questions can be found in the latest issue of Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR), “Retirement Structures and Processes.”

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
September 20, 2021

The Society is looking for participants for our upcoming GSA Diversity Mentoring and Career Development Technical Assistance Workshop! This is a perfect opportunity for talented early-career investigators from underrepresented backgrounds. It’s being held online October 28 and 29, and participants are also expected to participate in GSA’s Annual Scientific Meeting in November.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
September 9, 2021

The next convening of the National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA) is taking place with an open portion of the meeting accessible via live videocast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 15. This is a convenient way to get a birds-eye view of what’s been happening, and what’s in store, at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), with which many GSA members have long-standing relationships.

I currently serve as a member of the council, which convenes three times annually. It reviews new proposed concept clearances, reviews applications for grants and cooperative agreements for research and training, and recommends approval of applications for projects that show promise, along with other duties.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
August 23, 2021

As we wrap up the 2021 National Immunization Awareness Month, it’s also back-to-school season. There are many debates taking place right now about vaccine requirements and masking in local school districts and across campuses. And as many GSA members are based in university settings, they may find themselves engaged in dialog with people approaching these issues from many perspectives — not to mention with family and friends as well!

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
August 18, 2021

August is National Immunization Awareness Month — led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — so it’s a good time to turn our personal attention to the incredible arsenal of life-saving vaccines we have at our disposal.

With our collective focus almost exclusively on COVID-19 vaccines right now, let’s not forget that flu season will soon be here as well. Last year, the flu shot was reassuring to many as it was a proactive step we could take to protect our well-being in a time of great uncertainty. Thanks to the power of the vaccine, combined with widespread mask use and physical distancing in place to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we ended up experiencing the mildest flu season on record.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
August 9, 2021

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — the largest biomedical research agency in the world — has a new chief officer for scientific workforce diversity, and it’s a member of the GSA community: Marie Bernard, MD, FGSA, FAGHE!

This leadership appointment is well-deserved for someone as experienced and credentialled as Dr. Bernard, who for the last 13 years has served as deputy director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). If you haven’t done so, read our recent interview with her in the July issue of Gerontology News. You’ll learn why she was the ideal candidate for this position, which reports directly to NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD.

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  2. New Issue of The Gerontologist Showcases Persistent Workforce Challenges in Long-Term Care
  3. Words Matter: GSA’s Reframing Aging Work Animates the Age-Friendly Ecosystem
  4. Together We Can Tackle the Threat of C. difficile
  5. GSA Keeps COVID-19 Resources Relevant with New Updates
  6. Get a Bird’s-Eye View of the National Advisory Council on Aging: Next Meeting May 12
  7. Play Your Part During Careers in Aging Week: April 18 to 24
  8. New Brief Provides Roadmap for Advancing Dementia Caregiving
  9. Spotlight Shines on GSA Members in New PBS Program
  10. COVID-19 Scholarship Shines in Journal Collections
  11. Check out GSA’s New Fellows Forum — Insights on Aging Biology
  12. Invitation to Submit Your Scholarship: Opportunities with GSA’s Journals and 2021 Meeting
  13. Science Again Proves Itself a Winning Investment; Share Yours at GSA 2021!
  14. With U.S. Back in WHO, Decade Ahead Looks More Promising
  15. Policy Considerations for a Post-COVID Presidency
  16. Promote Vaccine Awareness and Change the Course of History
  17. Undaunted: A Tribute to Kathy Hyer
  18. GSA’s Policy Internship Will Go Virtual in 2021; Apply Now!
  19. GSA’s Journals Continue Tradition of Strong Stewardship
  20. Your Hard Work Rewarded: The Scholarship Continues on GSA’s Meeting Platform
  21. New: Engage in GSA Meeting Presenter Discussions (Live Q&A with Speakers)
  22. Three Key Dates to Remember
  23. Take Advantage of GSA 2020 Pre-Conference Events — Sign up Now!
  24. Building the Case for Age-Inclusivity in Higher Education
  25. Need to Upload Your GSA 2020 Meeting Presentation? We’ll Show You How
  26. Submit Your Late Breaker Poster Abstracts by September 3
  27. A GSA Meeting of Expanded Opportunities Awaits You
  28. Ageism Is Rampant, Poll Confirms, But We Can Fight It Together
  29. Infographic Dispels Myths About COVID-19’s Impact on Older Adults
  30. New GSA Fact Sheet Highlights Pathway to Future COVID-19 Vaccine(s), But Let’s Remember Importance of Fully Utilizing Already Available Immunizations
  31. U.N. Reminds Us What’s at Stake as We Collectively Respond to COVID-19
  32. GSA Journals Support Those Adapting and Innovating to Advance Aging Research
  33. Award-Winning Coverage Showcases Value of Members’ Work
  34. Celebrating You and the Aging Field During Careers in Aging Week
  35. Overnight Transition to Distance Teaching? GSA Members and Partners Provide Tips and Resources
  36. OAA Reauthorization Provides Welcome News
  37. New Resources Can Help the GSA Community Navigate the Weeks Ahead
  38. Equipping the 'Reframing Travelers'
  39. Honor Your Outstanding Colleagues Through Award Nominations
  40. A Big ‘Thank You’ to USF for Hosting My Recent Visit
  41. Fostering Development of Age-Inclusive Campuses
  42. Join the Next NACA Meeting via Videocast on Wednesday, January 22
  43. Philadelphia to Host GSA’s 75th Anniversary Meeting in November
  44. New 'Decade of Healthy Aging' Helps Us Measure Research Progress
  45. Say Hello in Boston!
  46. In Memory of Our Friend Greg O’Neill
  47. Supporting the Next Generation of Emerging Scholars
  48. Aging Research Finds New Audiences Through GSA Journalist Fellows
  49. Older Americans Key to Nation’s Future Economic Health
  50. Ten Years After ‘Retooling’ Report, Workforce Demands Remain High
  51. Changing the “Conventional Wisdom” on Aging: the Reframing Aging Initiative Moves Forward
  52. Addressing Social Isolation Among Older Persons is Gaining Momentum
  53. Hats Off to the NIA Leadership and Staff
  54. Listening Session Kicks Off 2018 Healthy Aging Summit Planning
  55. Focusing on “What Works” Improves Immunization Rates
  56. Landmark Research Summit Breaks New Ground
  57. GSA Takes on Key Role in Advancing Nation’s Caregiving
  58. Governance Review Workgroup Helping to Shape GSA's Future
  59. To Help Older Adults in Times of Disaster, New Policies Are Needed
  60. Unnecessary Tragedy Reminds Us of Importance of Disaster Planning
  61. Supporting our Texas Neighbors, Colleagues, and Older Persons
  62. Let’s Remind People of All Ages to Get Their Vaccinations
  63. GSA Hosts Largest Gathering of Aging Scholars Ever!
  64. Science and Persistence — The Right Mix for Improving Access to Hearing Aids
  65. Older Adults Need Better Clinical Trial Representation; NIH Asks for Input
  66. Is Your University Age Friendly?
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  68. Congratulations to GSA’s Newest Officers
  69. Science is the Driving Force That Improves Lives — Fully Fund It!

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