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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
April 16, 2021

The events of the past year have put into perspective just how important careers in aging are. As the world has wrestled with the COVID-19 pandemic, the researchers, clinicians, educators, direct care workers, and service providers supporting older adults have played an outsized role. And the demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing rapidly. As members of the field, it’s up to us to make sure this realization isn’t lost as we move forward.

The entire GSA community is invited to join us as we celebrate Careers in Aging Week 2021, taking place from April 18 to 24. The activities will be conducted online and there are many ways to get involved.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
April 7, 2021

The Alzheimer’s Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a 17-page action brief on dementia caregiving titled “Promoting Caregiving Across the Full Community: The Role for Public Health Strategists.”

This resource offers an overview of the challenges of caregiving for people living with dementia, then provides state, local, and tribal public health leaders with a framework and resources for action. I encourage you to explore this new action brief.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
March 25, 2021

A new aging-related documentary titled “Fast Forward” has just made its debut on PBS, and a number of GSA members are featured as they provide expert commentary! It’s now streaming on the PBS video app; check your local PBS resources to find out when you can find it airing or on demand.

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

The gerontological research community should be proud of the way it has responded to the need for study of the COVID-19 pandemic. The work of many scholars has resulted in dozens of articles on the topic appearing in GSA’s journals, and this has resulted in several important new themed collections and special issues.

The February and March issues of The Gerontologist are special issues made up of invited papers under the theme of “Gerontology in a Time of Pandemic.” (Following the call for papers, the editorial team received 132 submissions from 25 different countries!)

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
February 22, 2021

The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences — GSA’s top-rated journal as measured by impact factor for 10 years running — has introduced a new feature within its biological sciences pages that will be of interest to all members. The recently launched Fellows Forum enhances the journal’s connections to the GSA membership by providing a platform for fellows in our Biological Sciences Section to share their insights and experience in the field of aging biology.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
February 11, 2021

The next few weeks at GSA offer some prime opportunities to share your science! Not only are we accepting abstracts for the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (until March 11), but GSA’s journals have three open calls for submissions across a wide range of disciplines.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
February 1, 2021

GSA is now accepting abstract submissions for this November’s Annual Scientific Meeting! This is your chance to advance the science of aging — and as we take stock of the past year’s upheavals, we find that science was one of few arenas that brought us significant hope.

While the development of new COVID-19 vaccines may be the achievement most people remember from this time, there were critical advances in other important areas, too. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director, Dr. Francis Collins, recently authored a blog highlighting many of them.

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

The U.S. is back as a full-fledged member of the World Health Organization (WHO) — and that bodes well for bringing a quicker end to the pandemic, the success of the “Decade of Healthy Ageing,” and many other things.

One of the first acts of Joe Biden’s presidency was to retract the withdrawal from WHO enacted by the previous administration. And for the icing on the cake, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci has been tapped to represent the U.S. on the WHO Executive Committee.

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

This week will witness the inauguration of our 46th president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. The Biden transition team has been navigating the normally delicate transition process made even more complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic and an uncooperative outgoing administration.

The new administration finds itself preparing policy responses to multiple policy crises on day one. While acute policy responses will fill the initial weeks of the administration, there are longer-term aging issues that will need to be considered in the year ahead.

Fortunately, GSA has assembled the work of some top scholars to help illustrate many of these issues in the latest Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR), titled “Policy Considerations for a Post-COVID Presidency.”

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

Happy New Year! If one of your resolutions is to make a positive difference in people’s lives, the first new resource we’ve added to the GSA website in 2021 is an essential tool: COVID-19 vaccine information for older adults.

We recognize that our members are working with older adults and may get questions from family, friends, and colleagues about the COVID-19 vaccine. This fact sheet gives answers to common questions so that GSA members can share accurate information.

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

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