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September

Climate Change & Aging

September 12, 2023
2 to 3 p.m. ET

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HBCU Collaborative

September 13, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. ET

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Dyadic Research: Advice for Mid-Career Researchers Panel Presentation

September 13, 2023
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET

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Paid Caregiving - Coffee Break 

September 19, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. ET

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Rainbow Research

September 19, 2023
1 to 2 p.m. ET

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Loneliness and Social Isolation

September 27, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: A panel discussion organized by GSA's Behavioral and Social Sciences Section and the Loneliness and Social Isolation Interest Group

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October

Paid Caregiving

October 19, 2023
4 to 5 p.m. ET

Description: Join us for our quarterly interest group meeting.

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January

Family Caregiving

January 10, 2023
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Description: The purpose of this meeting is to bring Interest Group members together to share interests, spark ideas and encourage collaboration for potential symposium submissions for the 2023 GSA Annual Scientific Meeting.

Economics of Aging

January 17, 2023
1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Description: This quarterly meeting will include a brief (5 minute) overview of an IG member's research topic, followed by a group-wide discussion. The goal of these conversations is twofold: 1) for the presenter to get feedback from our group, and 2) for IG members to learn more about what topics people are covering in their research. 

Paid Caregiving

January 18, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: David Russell, VNS; GSA 2023 meeting – matchmaking/abstract ideas.

Community College

January 23, 2023
4 to 5 pm ET

Description: Open Educational Resources and other free online teaching and learning resources.

Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Older Persons

January 26, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. ET

Patient/Person Engagement in Research

January 27, 2023
11 am to 12 p.m. ET

Description: The group will discuss planning a symposium for the upcoming Annual Scientific Meeting and interest group activities for 2023. 

Religion, Spirituality, and Aging

January 27, 2023
1 pm to 2 p.m. ET

 

February

Grandparents as Caregivers

February 1, 2023
12 to 1:30 p.m. ET

Description: In preparation for the GSA 2023 Call for Abstracts, the Grandparents as Caregivers has scheduled a Call-In Session (Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 12-1:30pm (EST)). The purpose of the call is for us to share ideas about possible abstract topics for posters, papers and symposia. If you are unable to attend, it will be recorded to share with non-attendees.  

Call-In session here (Pre-Registration not required).

Loneliness and Social Isolation

February 2, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: The loneliness and social isolation interest group meeting will take place on Thursday 2 Feb  at 12 noon Eastern Time Zone. This is an opportunity to share your latest research, make connections, find out the latest news and plan submissions to the Annual Scientific meeting.

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Hospice, Palliative, and End-of-Life Care

February 13, 2023
2 to 3 p.m. ET

Description: Join us for this 2023 kick off gathering in which we have two goals in this no-pressure space. 1) The call for abstracts is fast approaching and we want to encourage everyone to begin thinking about their potential submissions and provide an opportunity to discuss conference symposium ideas. We will spend the bulk of the meeting collecting ideas and potential collaborations to submit symposium abstracts.
2) We are simply inviting you to come say hello, meet new colleagues, share your amazing work, and partake in a brief brainstorming planning session for upcoming events. 

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Disasters and Older Adults

February 14, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: Please join us to discuss symposium ideas for GSA 2023! Currently the Conveners have curated a symposium about the state of disaster preparedness for older adults in the US. We are available to brainstorm other symposium ideas Interest Group members may have, and look forward to connecting with you all!

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Dyadic Research on Health & Illness Across The Adult Lifespan - Mentoring Group

February 14, 2023
2 to 3 p.m. ET

Description: A monthly facilitated-mentoring group for students, early-career researchers, and those new to dyadic research.

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Paid Caregiving - Coffee Break 

February 15, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: Puzzling through a research question, want to talk over a project or project idea, or just looking to network with other researchers working on paid caregiving? Drop in to our Paid Caregiving Coffee Break with February expert Dr.  Margaret Quinn, ScD, CIH, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Public Health, University of Massachusetts Lowell. Our monthly coffee breaks are an opportunity for casual conversation about paid caregiving, hosted by one of our group's experts. 

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Community-Engaged Research

February 15, 2023
3 to 5 p.m. ET

Description: This will a two-part session: Part 1. Peer Mentoring: 3:00 - 4:00 PM Part 2. GSA Annual Scientific Meeting Proposal Brainstorm: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

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Assisted Living

February 16, 2023
3 to 4 p.m. ET

Description: Please join us for a meeting to discuss two main agenda items 1) the upcoming GSA abstract deadline and potential symposia and 2) the results of our AL SIG survey.

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Nursing Care of Older Adults

February 17, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: Meet other interest group members to identify similar ideas for symposium abstracts.

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Economics of Aging

February 21, 2023
1 to 2 p.m. ET

Description: Our goal for the meeting will be to finalize our plan for the two symposiums we have been discussing. One symposium will focus on the provision of services and the other symposium will focus on the economic well being of older adults. 

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Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

February 22, 2023
2 to 3 p.m. ET

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Climate Change and Aging

February 23, 2023
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: CCAIG Kick-Off Meeting with discussion of GSA symposium and plans for 2023 activities

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Religion, Spirituality, and Aging

February 24, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. ET

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Nursing Care of Older Adults

February 27, 2023
4 to 5 p.m. ET

Description: Meet with Co-conveners to hear tips on writing strong abstracts and request feedback on draft abstracts.

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March

Dyadic Research On Health & Illness Across The Adult Lifespan - Mentoring Group

March 6, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: A monthly facilitated-mentoring group for students, early-career researchers, and those new to dyadic research.

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Paid Caregiving - Coffee Break 

March 16, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: Puzzling through a research question, want to talk over a project or project idea, or just looking to network with other researchers working on paid caregiving? Drop in to our "Coffee Break." Our monthly coffee breaks are an opportunity for casual conversation about paid caregiving, hosted by one of our group's experts. 

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Dyadic Research on Health & Illness Across The Adult Lifespan - Mentoring Group

March 20, 2023
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: Mid-Career Dyadic Researchers: What Now?

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Religion, Spirituality, and Aging

March 31, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. ET

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April

Climate Change and Aging

April 6, 2023
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

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Community College

April 19, 2023
3 to 4 p.m. ET

Description: Join the Community College Interest Group for its quarterly meeting. This session will include a conversation around building enrollment strategies facilitated by Tom Shearer of Stark State. 

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Community-Engaged Research

April 19, 2023
3 to 5 p.m. ET

Description: This will be a two-part session. The sign up is for the entire time, but you can choose to attend Part 1, Part 2 or Both.                       

Part 1. Peer Mentoring 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET Part 2. Securing Funding for CEnR 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET (Patty Slattum & Lana Sargent)

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Paid Caregiving

April 20, 2023
4 to 5 p.m. ET

Description: Join us for our quarterly interest group meeting. 

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Dyadic Research On Health & Illness Across The Adult Lifespan

April 25, 2023
3 to 4 p.m. ET

Meeting Title: Advice from NIH Reviewers on Preparing Dyadic Grant Applications

Description: Four expert NIH reviewers will share their tips and answer questions about best practices in preparing dyadic research grant applications

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Dyadic Research On Health & Illness Across The Adult Lifespan - Early Career Mentoring Group

April 26, 2023
3 to 4 p.m. ET

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Religion, Spirituality, and Aging

April 28, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. ET

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Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

April 28, 2023
1 to 2 p.m. ET

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May

Economics of Aging

May 9, 2023
1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Description: The goal for the meeting is to share with group anything you would like about your current research projects, and to start collecting paper topics for a 2024 GSA Annual Meeting symposium. Submissions are due in just 11 months!  

Directors of Aging Centers

May 15, 2023
3 to 4 p.m. ET

Description: The Directors of Aging Centers Group is having its mid-year meeting on 05/15/2023 at 3pm EST.  It will discuss topics such as: Training the next generation of directors, challenges posed to our centers & communicating effectively with administrators. If you have additional agenda items, please send them to Victoria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dr. Neil Charness at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Oral Health

May 17, 2023
1 to 3 p.m. ET

Description: The Oral Health Interest Group meeting will include 1) an update on Expanding Medicare Coverage for Medically Necessary Oral Treatment, 2) a presentation on the Association for State and Territorial Dental Directors’ Toolkit of Older Adult Oral Health Resources for Collaboration, and 3) an update on Geriatric Oral Health Research following the American Association for Dental Oral and Craniofacial Research Meeting within a Meeting on Aging and Oral Health Research.

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Intergenerational Research, Learning and Community Engagement

May 18, 2023
3:30 to 5 p.m. ET

Description: Panel on Theories for Intergenerational Work After a panel presentation, this session will provide a workshop to start a conversation about theories informing intergenerational research and programming. We will discuss the different theories that inspire and direct intergenerational efforts across classroom learning and other community-based programs. This event is co-hosted by both the Age Inclusivity in Higher Education (AIHE) and the Intergenerational Learning, Research and Community Engagement interest groups.

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Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

May 22, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: Please join us at our next quarterly meeting to learn about Alzheimer's Association grant opportunities and hear from a current grant awardee on their project and tips for successful applications.

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June

Dyadic Methods Panel Presentation (Dyadic Research and Family Caregiving Interest Groups)

June 6, 2023
4 to 5:30 p.m. ET

Description: The Dyadic Research and Family Caregiving Interest Groups are co-sponsoring a 2-part series focused on dyadic methods. Join us Tuesday, June 6th from 4-5:30p (ET) for part 1 to hear Drs. Leah Buck and Christine Proulx discuss conceptual definitions of dyads within aging research, types of research questions that might be best answered by models such as the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model (APIM), and mixed methods resources and design decision-making. Presenters: Dr. Christine Proulx, PhD, FGSA, Associate Professor at the University of Vermont; Dr. Leah Buck, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAHA, FAAN, Professor at the University of Iowa.

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Assisted Living

June 15, 2023
3 to 4 p.m. ET

Description: The meeting aims to provide a supportive environment for sharing and discussing ongoing research related to assisted living.

We welcome you to present a brief overview of their work during the meeting (5-minute presentation, 10-minute discussion). If you are interested in presenting, kindly email Anna Beeber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This is a great opportunity to connect with colleagues, share your work, and learn from others in the field. We look forward to your participation and hearing about your work.

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Community-Engaged Research

June 28, 2023
3 to 5 p.m. ET

Description: This will be a two-part session: Part 1. Peer Mentoring 3:00 - 4:00 PM Part 2. Publishing Engaged Research 4:00 - 5:00 PM (Tam Perry)

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Religion, Spirituality, and Aging

June 30, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: Religion, Spirituality, and Aging Interest group. Join us for a monthly discussion on research and practice focused on religion, spirituality, and health in older adults and caregivers. Monthly gatherings usually include a brief presentation at the beginning, followed by a discussion. Interdisciplinary scholars and experts share developing resources, recommendations, and inquiries on the science of religion and spirituality in health for practice, research, and policy. We welcome all who may be interested in this topic, especially those new to this conceptual space. This interest group seeks to support scholars at all levels.

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July

Community College

July 17, 2023
3 to 4 pm ET

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Climate Change and Aging

July 18, 2023
2 to 3 p.m. ET

Description: Emerging Research in Climate Change and Aging

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Religion, Spirituality, and Aging

July 28, 2023
12 to 1 p.m. ET

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August

Dyadic Methods Panel Presentation (Dyadic Research and Family Caregiving Interest Groups)

August 8, 2023
4 to 5 p.m. ET

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Community-Engaged Research

August 16, 2023
3 to 5 p.m. ET

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GSA Diversity Mentoring and Career Development Technical Assistance Workshop for Early Career Fellowship ONLINE WORKSHOP

October 12 and 13, 2023 via Zoom • 12 to 5 p.m. ET

Apply by June 15 to be eligible for Early Career Diversity Fellows Stipend Award

Co-Chairs: Patricia Heyn, Keith Whitfield, and Patricia D’Antonio

This unique Diversity Mentoring and Career Development Technical Assistance Workshop program is tailored to suit the needs of trainees from diverse backgrounds. This exceptional educational and networking opportunity supports professional training and growth among early career trainees from underrepresented backgrounds. This workshop is designed to empower trainees for successful career development and strategic planning. Comprehensive information related to mentoring opportunities, career development, professional networks, and leadership will be discussed with the ultimate goal to produce a successful, well-prepared, and empowered diverse workforce to contribute to the future of aging research.

This workshop is supported in part by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R13AG072884. The content is solely the responsibility of the faculty and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

GSA 2023 Diversity Mentoring and Career Development Technical Assistance Workshop Early Career Fellowship Award Application

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is pleased to create opportunities for talented early career investigators from underrepresented backgrounds to have a prominent role in the GSA Diversity Mentoring and Career Development Technical Assistance Workshop (DMCDTaW). Successful applicants will be awarded a minimum of $1,500 stipend to support registration for and participation in the workshop, attendance for the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting, and engagements that occur throughout the year as described below. Applicants are not required to be involved in aging research, or in a gerontological program, at the time of the application. However, applicants must express their interest, plans, and commitment to contribute to the field of gerontology. Applications are open to emerging scholars from underrepresented groups who have recently obtained a doctoral degree (within the last 3 years) or are within one year of graduating with their doctoral degree. Applicants will be selected on a competitive basis. Selected applicants are expected to:

  • Attend a pre-conference meeting on September 28, 2023, at 4 p.m. ET via Zoom.
  • Register and participate fully in the components of the DMCDTaW conference on Zoom on October 12 and 13, 2023 from 12 to 5 p.m. ET.
  • Register and attend the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), in Tampa, FL, from November 8 to 12, 2023.
  • Participate in the mentoring circle scheduled to be held at the GSA ASM
  • Complete program evaluation and surveys
  • Participate in the DMCDTaW scheduled webinars, focus groups, and mentoring circles offered throughout 2023-2024
  • Register and participate in the online networking platform offered exclusively for Mentoring Fellows
  • Develop and upload a three- to five-minute video introduction prior to the workshop.
  • Develop a five-minute elevator pitch presentation describing your research contribution and career plan with an effective communication style.

Apply for the Early Career Diversity Fellowship Award

DMCDTaW applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET Thursday, June 15, 2023. Applications should include all elements defined below using document formatting guidelines consistent with NIH grant application requirements. Questions? Contact Karen Homer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include DMCDTaW in the subject line of your message.

FriedLinda Fried, Columbia University
Benefiting From the Third Demographic Dividend
Adding years to our lives offers two huge opportunities: a new life stage for people globally, and the opportunity to design it for meaning and benefit to individuals, their families, and society. Key to unleashing these opportunities is investing in health so that people arrive at older age healthy and stay healthy, building new roles and responsibilities for this new life stage, and encouraging the social institutions that enable all older adults to have options that match their needs and goals. Such an approach could enable building a previously unforeseen Third Demographic Dividend, in which the assets of an aging population are brought to fruition and societies are stronger because of longer lives. Envisioning the opportunities could set goals across sectors with alignment.

JenkinsJo Ann Jenkins, AARP
Disrupt Aging
We have made tremendous progress when it comes to global aging. Yet, societies have not kept up with the advancements that science, technology, and innovation are making possible. As CEO of AARP, Jenkins believes it is time to coalesce around this progress and create a movement to disrupt aging—to change the conversation about what it means to grow older so aging can be something to look forward to, not something to fear. She talked about the need to challenge outdated beliefs so more people can choose how they want to live and age.


 
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Palliative Care in the Mainstream: Stepping up to the Plate the Case for Integrated Geriatric and Palliative Care Strategies

  • Diane Meier, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Luc Deliens, Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Ghent University
  • Irene Higginson, Kings College

This session will present the case for integrating geriatric and palliative care to deliver optimal care, improve quality and reduce costs. The speakers will outline palliative care issues common in elderly patients and integrative approaches that focus on quality of life, support for functional independence, and the patient's values and experiences. They will also identify the needs of policy makers, payers and health system leadership.

Beyond Rhetoric: Taking Global Action on Ageing

  • Norah Keating, Swansea University, North West University, University of Alberta
  • John Beard, World Health Organization
  • Peng Du, Renmin University of China
  • Isabella Aboderin, African Population and Health Research Center, Centre for Research on Ageing, University of Southampton

Population ageing is now part of our global consciousness. Yet actions to address issues that arise from these demographic shifts have lagged behind. Among the many challenges/impediments to creating global action are: diverse patterns of ageing across countries and regions; different family, community and policy contexts that influence ageing experiences; and considerable inequities both between and within countries. The purpose of this session is to create an agenda and advocate for global action to improve quality of life of older populations.

How Early Can We Detect Cognitive Disorders?

  • Ronald C. Petersen, Mayo Clinic
  • Frank Jessen, University of Cologne
  • Marilyn Albert, Johns Hopkins University

As societies are agin, changes in cognition are noted very frequently. A vexing question for most people pertains to the implication of these cognitive changes. At what point do we become concerned that changes in cognition represent incipient disease, and to what extent are we experiencing changes of “normal aging.” With growing information regarding biomarkers for disease, this distinction is becoming increasingly important. This topic will cover stages of cognitive aging, the role of biomarkers in predicting cognitive change and the role of subjective cognitive decline in predicting disease.

Genes, Environment, and Behaviors That Predict Healthy Longevity

  • Luigi Ferrucci, National Institute on Aging
  • Diana Kuh, University College London
  • S. Jay Olshansky, University of Illinois

Three speakers address factors that affect healthy longevity from complementary prospectives.

Luigi Ferrucci uses the paradigm of geroscience to propose that the biology of aging causes both chronic disease and aging phenotypes. Different genetic, environmental and behavioral backgrounds promote specific physiological impairments that in young age are compensated but in old age are causative of and heterogeneous phenotypes.

Diana Kuh argues that a life course perspective will improve our understanding of human responses to environmental challenges with long-term impact on health span and longevity. In particular, how humans adapt to the environment during development may affect how well they age and how long they live.

S Jay Olshansky discusses scientific theories about maximum life span. In the 20th century, life expectancy forecasters consistently underestimated duration of life because they assumed a biological limit to life. On the contrary more recent assumptions propose life expectancies exceeding 100 to 150 years.

Jack Watters Memorial Symposium: Coming Out as A Caregiver

  • Jane Barratt, International Federation on Ageing

Coming out as a caregiver is an anthem for carers whose voice is largely missing from the policy discussions taking place within health, social and economic forums. The ageing demographic is paired with an explosive growth of caregivers, whose numbers in many parts of the globe have yet to be tallied. The session will include internationally renowned leaders in the field of ageing who will speak to this cautionary tale from distinct cross-cultural vantage points while eliciting stories to create a richer advocacy voice focused on advancing action.

Emerging Issues in Mobility and Aging

  • Stephanie Studenski, National Institute on Aging
  • Stephen Lord, Neuroscience Research Australia

Over the last decade and more, mobility has emerged as a fundamental indicator of health during aging, gaining attention from basic, clinical, social and health services researchers as well as health care providers and systems. Where are the most important gaps in knowledge, and what are the highest impact opportunities for future work? This presentation will summarize the state of the art and explore future directions. It will be set within the paradigm of “thinking, feeling, moving” and highlight the contributions of sensorimotor functions, executive functioning and gait adaptability to successful mobility. New technological advances for remotely monitoring mobility will also be discussed.

Healthy Brain Aging: A Lifespan Perspective

  • Dan G. Blazer, Duke University Medical Center
  • Kristine Yaffe, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Laura Fratiglioni, Karolinska Institute

In this session we will focus upon factors throughout the lifespan which contribute to health brain aging. We begin with a discussion of early life influences upon later cognitive function. Next we focus upon cognitive aging, that usual progression of cognitive function through the life cycle. This discussion will rely upon and update the IOM report on cognitive aging released in 2015. Finally we will focus upon dementing disorders, especially Alzheimer's Disease. A common theme which will pervade all discussions will be those factors which can prevent or retard normal cognitive aging and the onset of dementing disorders.

Longitudinal Studies on Aging: From Science to Policy

  • Rose Anne Kenny, Trinity College Dublin
  • Eline Slagboom, Leiden University Medical Center
  • AB Dey, All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Speakers will detail how molecular, physiological and social research from longitudinal studies on aging afford a unique opportunity to better understand the multi-dimensions of the aging process coupled with innovative approaches to inform policy and practice.

Social Inequality and Social Justice

  • Jan Baars, University for Humanistic Studies
  • Dale Dannefer, Case Western Reserve University
  • Chris Phillipson, The University of Manchester

The session will begin with giving an overview of different dimensions of social inequality. The initial preoccupation with inequality between age groups and old-age poverty has been supplanted with a concern with inequality within age strata, and how it develops over the life course. Inequality of quality of life, health and resource characteristics all appear to increase with age and are greatest in later life, reflecting processes of cumulative dis/advantage. Next, this diagnosis is confronted with recent structures of regulation and support that have emerged following the demise of the welfare state, especially in the EU. It can be shown that these reinforce widening inequalities within the older population. In this way they are a significant part of the processes of cumulative advantage/disadvantage. In a third step, it will be argued that dominant discourses on social justice have not kept up with intra-cohort inequalities and still focus on inequalities between age groups or generations.

The Longevity Revolution and the Private Sector - Redefining Work, Leisure, Money, Purpose and Success

  • Kevin Crain, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Andy Sieg, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
  • Ken Dychtwald, Age Wave

With the aging of a significant portion of the global population, and many people living and working longer, issuing pertaining to longevity, funding for later years, and discussions of life priorities in the next phase of their lives are coming to the fore. In a series of national thought leadership studies, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Age Wave conducted research to examine how Americans are preparing for retirement and reshaping their lifestyles during their later years.

What Could Come From Understanding the Biology of Aging?

  • Folkert Kuipers, University Medical Center Groningen
  • Jim Kirkland, Mayo Clinic
  • Sophia de Rooij, University Medical Center Groningen
  • Dana Goldman, University of Southern California

Evidence is increasingly tying fundamental aging processes to the genesis of the major chronic diseases that account for the majority of morbidity, mortality, and health costs in developing and developed countries. These age-related chronic disorders include atherosclerosis, dementias, most cancers, diabetes, arthritis, blindness, and many others. By targeting basic aging processes, it could be feasible to delay, prevent, alleviate, or even cure these common chronic diseases as a group instead of one at a time, as well as the geriatric syndromes (frailty, sarcopenia, cognitive impairment, etc.) and age-related loss of resilience. Drugs and other interventions have recently been discovered that target basic aging processes. In a growing number of studies, these interventions not only enhance lifespan and healthspan in animals, they also appear to delay age-related chronic diseases and disabilities. If these interventions can be translated into clinical application, they could transform healthcare and even society as we know it. Funding for research in this area is far lower than reasonable given the potential benefits should this approach be successful.

Dietary Determinants of Lifelong Health

  • Stefania Maggi, Neuroscience Institute
  • Jean Woo, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Connie W. Bales, Duke University, Durham VA Medical Center

Existing knowledge suggests that major chronic conditions affecting older adults (CVD, diabetes, cancer, musculoskeletal disorders, dementia) can be largely prevented with appropriate, lifelong dietary habits. We will present results of observational and intervention trials, aiming to assess the efficacy of the Mediterranean Diet in preventing chronic diseases. Nutrition can make a substantial impact on the health and function of older individuals. Beyond dietary preventive measures, it is of upmost importance to identify biopsychosocial and cultural factors affecting the dietary behaviors, and, ultimately, the nutritional well-being of older individuals. The epidemic of obesity in older adults is bringing a new phenotype of frailty—the “fat-yet-frail” elderly person. New studies of diet- and exercise-based interventions for sarcopenic obesity are exploring safe approaches for restoring physical function. These interventions must protect lean and bone mass during body weight reduction and need to be scrutinized for their long-term impact on health and quality of life.

Where We Grow Old: Environmental Perspectives

  • Graham Rowles, University of Kentucky
  • Margaret Neal, Portland State University
  • Hiroko Akiyama, The University of Tokyo
  • Alexandre Kalache, International Longevity Centre Global Alliance
  • Susanne Iwarsson, Lund University

Increased recognition of the role of physical and social contexts in shaping the experience of growing old has resulted in the emergent field of environmental gerontology. Initiatives by the World Health Organization and AARP have generated global awareness of the importance of creating age-friendly communities. There has been burgeoning interest, as well, in the design of individual neighborhoods and dwellings to fit the needs of an aging population. At all levels along the continuum of settings, an underlying focus has been on developing negotiable environments imbued with meaning for residents, that enable aging in place, and enhance health and well-being. This plenary session will provide fresh international and cross-cultural perspectives on contemporary theoretical and empirical research in environmental gerontology. Speakers from different parts of the world will consider trends and future needs in relation to research, policy, planning and human service opportunities for enhancing the places where we grow old.

Technology and Aging: Promising Solutions, Global Challenges

  • David Lindeman, University of California Berkley
  • Stephen Johnston, Aging2.0
  • Andrew Sixsmith, STAR Institute at Simon Fraser University
  • Alex Ross, World Health Organization Centre for Health Development

Technology has become a driving force throughout the globe in improving the well-being and health of older adults, their family caregivers, and the long-term care work force, and holds the promise of being a key to the development of innovative solutions for social engagement and maximizing independence. This symposium will serve as a platform for discussion and exchange between diverse stakeholders who share an interest in technology solutions to support older adults, with the further intent of identifying frugal technology innovations that can meet the emerging, rapidly evolving needs of older people globally. The symposium will also address the disparity of technology solutions and the future needs of older adults in low- and middle-income countries as well as solutions proposed for global innovation. Ensuring that rapidly ageing populations remain healthy, productive, socially engaged and independent for as long as possible requires technology innovations that meet their greatest needs, and which are safe, effective, affordable, appropriate, accessible and available.

 

 

 

Humanities & Arts 
Humanities & Arts Workgroup Bios
H&A Programming at the World Congress
HIV/AIDS Programming at the World Congress
Film Festival


The Age Stage
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) collaborated with the IAGG Humanities & Arts Workgroup to provide a new venue to highlight the many ways creativity plays a role in aging. The Age Stage at IAGG offered performances and presentations centered on and about age. It included performances by older performers (60 years and over) as well as presentations by persons of all ages whose work has age or older persons as muse or subject matter.

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Age Stage Program

 

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