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

The latest journal impact factors are in, and I’m proud to say that GSA’s journals have reached all-time highs. This is a testament to the hard work and scholarship that the GSA community has produced, from authors to reviewers to editors. Peer-reviewed journals are how fields of inquiry have conversations among themselves, and impact factor is a leading metric we look to gauge success.

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

GSA’s deep commitment to a caring and competent workforce that supports our aging population was perhaps most visible when it served as a co-founder of the Eldercare Workforce Alliance in 2009. This alliance was formed in response to the landmark Institute of Medicine report “Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce.”

Scientific research in this area continues to develop, and now GSA scholars are in the spotlight again with the latest issue of our journal The Gerontologist, titled “Workforce Issues in Long-Term Care.”

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

I had the opportunity to showcase GSA’s work on Reframing Aging during a recently convened Age-Friendly Ecosystem Summit hosted by The George Washington University’s Center for Aging, Health and Humanities. The two-day meeting included age-friendly success stories from the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Regional leaders advancing age-friendly programs in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County and Hyattsville, Maryland, and Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, provided examples of how the many facets of the Age-Friendly Ecosystem are evolving.

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

GSA has teamed-up with several other organizations to address the challenges presented by the bacterium Clostridioides difficile — or C. difficile as it’s commonly abbreviated. Over the past year, I have had the privilege of representing GSA on the Steering Committee of the C. difficile Awareness Initiative, which was formed in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deeming this infectious disease an urgent public health threat.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
May 24, 2021

When the pandemic unfolded last year, my admiration for the GSA membership was once again reaffirmed when our newly formed GSA COVID-19 Task Force and existing National Adult Vaccination Program Workgroup began rolling out an impressive array of resources to help all of us make sense of emerging information about COVID-19 and its impact on older adults.

And it’s important to know their work is continuing, and updates have been made to existing tools as we gain new knowledge, particularly in the area of vaccines.

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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
May 10, 2021

The National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA), which meets three times annually, will convene again on Wednesday, May 12. Members of the scientific community and public are invited to join the open portion of the meeting, which will take place via live videocast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. The agenda is available to view online.

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

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