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GSA Interest Groups meet throughout the year via Zoom. See below for upcoming meetings. Check back often as new meetings are added. For a full list and descriptions of GSA's 50+ Interest Groups, click here. For a brief tutorial on how to join a GSA Interest Group, click here

August

Economics of Aging

August 9, 2022

1 to 1:30 p.m. ET

  • Zoom Link (Meeting ID: 88504586664, passcode: 416000)

Description: Brainstorm about potential collaboration on a symposium for the 2023 GSA Annual Meeting.

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

August 16, 2022

3 to 4 p.m. ET

Description: NIA Program Officer Liz Necka will discuss NIA interest and priorities in dyadic research and broader priorities in behavioral and social research and behavioral interventions, including open funding opportunities. She will also answer questions about submitting applications.

Community-Engaged Research - Journal Club

August 17, 2022

4 to 5 p.m. ET

Readings:

  • Greenfield, E. A., Black, K., Oh, P., & Pestine-Stevens, A. (2022). Theories of community collaboration to advance age-friendly community change. The Gerontologist62(1), 36-45.
  • Sargent, L., Slattum, P., Brooks, M., Gendron, T., Mackiewicz, M., Diallo, A., ... & iCubed Health and Wellness in Aging Transdisciplinary Core. (2022). Bringing transdisciplinary aging research from theory to practice. The Gerontologist62(2), 159-168.

Religion, Spirituality and Aging

August 22, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: This monthly meeting will be held the last Monday of each month. The first 10-15 minutes will include a discussion of business-related items. The rest of the meeting will be used for participants to present work, share ideas, get feedback from peers, or network and explore collaborations in our subfield. If you are interested in presenting or sharing your work, email convener, Lydia Manning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

September

Transportation and Aging

September 7, 2022

5 to 6 p.m. ET

Description: Attendees will have the opportunity to share their current projects and explore collaborations, including GSA 2023 submissions.

Community-Engaged Research - Journal Club

September 14, 2022

4 to 5 p.m. ET

Readings:

  • Bauer, M. S., Damschroder, L., Hagedorn, H., Smith, J., & Kilbourne, A. M. (2015). An introduction to implementation science for the non-specialist. BMC psychology3(1), 1-12. 
  • Nelson, G., Kloos, B., & Ornelas, J. (2017). Creating transformative change in community mental health: Contributions from community psychology. In M. A. Bond, I. Serrano-García, & C. B. Keys (Eds.), APA Handbook of Community Psychology: Methods for Community Research and Action for Diverse Groups and Issues (Vol. 2, pp. 377-392). American Psychological Association.

Religion, Spirituality and Aging

September 26, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: This monthly meeting will be held the last Monday of each month. The first 10-15 minutes will include a discussion of business-related items. The rest of the meeting will be used for participants to present work, share ideas, get feedback from peers, or network and explore collaborations in our subfield. If you are interested in presenting or sharing your work, email convener, Lydia Manning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

October

Paid Caregiving

October 13, 2022

4 to 5 p.m. ET

Description: This quarterly meeting will include opportunities to share about your research and network. 

Religion, Spirituality and Aging

October 24, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: This monthly meeting will be held the last Monday of each month. The first 10-15 minutes will include a discussion of business-related items. The rest of the meeting will be used for participants to present work, share ideas, get feedback from peers, or network and explore collaborations in our subfield. If you are interested in presenting or sharing your work, email convener, Lydia Manning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

November

December

 


January

Paid Caregiving

January 13, 2022

4 to 5 p.m. ET

Description: The meeting will start with 2-3 “Research Bites” followed by breakout discussions.

Religion, Spirituality and Aging

January 24, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: This monthly meeting will be held the last Monday of each month. The first 10-15 minutes will include a discussion of business-related items. The rest of the meeting will be used for participants to present work, share ideas, get feedback from peers, or network and explore collaborations in our subfield. In January, Beth Long-Higgins will share about research opportunities at the Ruth Parker Frost Center for Abundant Aging.

If you are interested in presenting or sharing your work, email convener, Lydia Manning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community College

 January 24, 2022

2 to 3 pm ET

Description: A quarterly meeting to address a wide variety of topics of interest to the group.

Epidemiology of Aging

 January 27, 2022

12 to 1 pm ET

Description: Please join the Epidemiology of Aging Interest Group for a talk by Dr. Aladdin Shadyab on the relationship between epigenetic aging and risk of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

Aging Workforce

January 31, 2022

3 to 4 p.m. ET

Description: "Dementia in the workplace: Person-centred approaches to employment support and decision-making."  This workshop will discuss the current research on dementia in the workplace in order to explore the supports required to facilitate continued employment and decision-making around employment post diagnosis. Using practical examples, we will highlight the potential factors which could promote a positive employment experience for those living with dementia. The workshop will feature a talk by Dr. Louise Ritchie, followed by a short Q&A facilitated by members of a Canadian-Australian working group exploring a joint research agenda.

February

Grandparents as Caregivers

February 2, 2022

12 to 1:30 p.m. ET

Description: The purpose of this meeting is to prepare for the GSA 2022 Symposium topics. 

Qualitative Research

February 2, 2022

7 to 8 p.m. ET

Description: The meeting will focus on symposium development for the Annual Scientific Meeting. Additional meetings will be on February 15 and February 22 at 1:00 pm ET, if you can't make this one. See registrations below.  

Disasters and Older Adults

February 3, 2022

2 to 3 p.m. ET

Description: Discussion about potential symposium submissions for the 2022 GSA Annual Scientific Meeting.  

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

February 8, 2022

3 to 4 p.m. ET

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

Patient/Person Engagement in Research

February 10, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: This meeting will focus on a discussion of our Interest Group Symposium Submission. This is an opportunity to share what you have been working on and what we can present at the Annual Scientific Meeting this year. 

Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

February 10, 2022

12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: This meeting will focus on symposium development for the Annual Scientific Meeting, initiation of an Exercise Rx for AD Task Force, and other announcements.

HIV, AIDS and Older Adults

February 11, 2022

2 to 3 p.m. ET

Description: Symposium planning for the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting.

Loneliness and Social Isolation

February 14, 2022

12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: Symposium planning for the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting. Participants will also have an opportunity to share their latest work. 

Qualitative Research

February 15, 2022

1 to 2 p.m. ET

Description: The meeting will focus on symposium development for the Annual Scientific Meeting. Additional meetings will be on February 2 at 7:00 pm ET and February 22 at 1:00 pm ET, if you can't make this one. See listings to register.  

Hospice, Palliative and End-of-Life Care

February 17, 2022

12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: This meeting is to kick off 2022 and discuss symposium ideas. 

Qualitative Research

February 22, 2022

1 to 2 p.m. ET

Description: The meeting will focus on symposium development for the Annual Scientific Meeting. Additional meetings will be on February 2 at 7:00 pm ET and February 15 at 1:00 pm ET, if you can't make this one. See listings to register.  

Rural Aging

February 23, 2022

3 to 4 p.m. ET

Description: The focus of the meeting is to discuss current symposium topics and symposium development for the upcoming Annual Scientific Meeting.

Assisted Living

February 24, 2022

3 to 4 p.m. ET

Description: The agenda includes a discussion of the Assisted Living Interest Group Sponsored Symposium at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting; a discussion of a survey of interest group membership; and setting goals for the upcoming year. 

Mental Health Practice and Aging

February 25, 2022

3 to 4 p.m. ET

Description: This is our first quarterly meeting of the year. We will use the time for networking and sharing tips/knowledge, plus have the opportunity to coordinate with others on potential symposium ideas.

Religion, Spirituality and Aging

February 28, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: This monthly meeting will be held the last Monday of each month. The first 10-15 minutes will include a discussion of business-related items. The rest of the meeting will be used for participants to present work, share ideas, get feedback from peers, or network and explore collaborations in our subfield. If you are interested in presenting or sharing your work, email convener, Lydia Manning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community-Engaged Research

February 28, 2022

12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: Join our annual Visioning Circles to let us meet you where you are, and as a community brainstorm learning goals and work packages for the year ahead. Sign up for this session or the session scheduled for March 9 (see below) and come ready to share. No prior experiences required. Participants may wish to check out the Rolling Survey results here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dWPX116tq8swhnQLs6Z8o7wAEKIo-010XViELG1MpfM/viewanalytics

March

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

March 8, 2022

3 to 4 p.m. ET

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

Community-Engaged Research

March 9, 2022

12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: Join our annual Visioning Circles to let us meet you where you are, and as a community brainstorm learning goals and work packages for the year ahead. Sign up for this session or the session scheduled for February 28 (see above) and come ready to share. No prior experiences required. Participants may wish to check out the Rolling Survey results here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dWPX116tq8swhnQLs6Z8o7wAEKIo-010XViELG1MpfM/viewanalytics

Religion, Spirituality and Aging

March 28, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: This monthly meeting will be held the last Monday of each month. The first 10-15 minutes will include a discussion of business-related items. The rest of the meeting will be used for participants to present work, share ideas, get feedback from peers, or network and explore collaborations in our subfield. If you are interested in presenting or sharing your work, email convener, Lydia Manning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

April

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

April 12, 2022

3 to 4 p.m. ET

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

Cancer and Aging

April 14, 2022

12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: Join us to discuss collaborating with other interest group members on a manuscript (review or original research) focused on multidisciplinary issues in geriatric oncology. 

Paid Caregiving

April 14, 2022

4 to 5 p.m. ET

Description: This quarterly meeting will include opportunities to share about your research and network.  

Community College

April 18, 2022

1 to 2 p.m. ET

Description: This session will continue our discussion from January 2022 on the direction of Gerontological education within community colleges. To review, here is the information that we used to guide our discussion in January: 

  • Community Colleges play an important and unique role within higher education, and gerontological education. 
  • What is that role, and how could gerontology programs at community colleges advocate collectively as centers of excellence both within Gerontological academic circles and within the workforce.

Religion, Spirituality and Aging

April 25, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: This monthly meeting will be held the last Monday of each month. The first 10-15 minutes will include a discussion of business-related items. The rest of the meeting will be used for participants to present work, share ideas, get feedback from peers, or network and explore collaborations in our subfield. If you are interested in presenting or sharing your work, email convener, Lydia Manning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

May

Mental Health Practice and Aging

May 6, 2022

3 to 4 p.m. ET

Description: At this quarterly meeting, interest group members will have an opportunity to share about their research and network with other members. 

Economics of Aging

May 10, 2022

1 to 1:30 p.m. ET

Description: Participants will be invited to share about their current projects and raise a research challenge or topic with the group. Participants will also be invited to share what they would like to get out of the interest group.

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

May 10, 2022

3 to 4 p.m. ET

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

Community-Engaged Research

May 11, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: Webinar: "Community-Engaged Research for Dementia Prevention." Primary (risk reduction), secondary (delaying progression), and tertiary (comprehensive care) prevention of dementia happens largely in the community. But communities are different with varying socio-cultural needs and organizational resources. This webinar presents the Kickstart, Assess, Evaluate, and Refer (KAER) toolkit which attempts to bridge this gap from clinical perspectives, and prevailing needs in community contexts from Indigenous perspectives. Discussion will focus on practical ways forward.

Cancer and Aging

May 17, 2022

2 to 3 p.m. ET

Description: Joint meeting between the GSA Cancer and Aging Interest Group, Cancer and Aging Research Group (CARG) and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Special Interest Group. The agenda includes AGS abstract mini-presentations and brainstorming for collaborative symposium ideas.

Religion, Spirituality and Aging

May 23, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: This monthly meeting will be held the last Monday of each month. The first 10-15 minutes will include a discussion of business-related items. The rest of the meeting will be used for participants to present work, share ideas, get feedback from peers, or network and explore collaborations in our subfield. If you are interested in presenting or sharing your work, email convener, Lydia Manning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oral Health

May 23, 2022

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Description: The meeting will include a discussion on the report, “Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges,” with a focus on Section 3B, “Oral Health Across the Lifespan: Older Adults.” There will also be discussion about activities planned for the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting in Indianapolis, IN in November.

Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

May 26, 2022

12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: Join us for our quarterly meeting. We will have a panel discussion on caregiving topics followed by breakout rooms for networking.

International Aging and Migration

May 26, 2022

12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Description: Webinar: "Older Adults and the War in Ukraine." Join the International Aging and Migration Interest Group for a combined short lecture series and discussion on the impact that the war in the Ukraine is having on older people.

June

Family Caregiving

June 7, 2022

12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Description: "Continued Conversation" on the topics of Promoting Mental & Emotional Health and Well-being, Integrating Caregivers into the Healthcare Team, and Advancing Economic Security from the World Carer Conversation conference on May 19

Community-Engaged Research

June 13, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: Webinar: "Community-Engaged Research in Low-Income Contexts." The privileged position and assumptions of researchers often remain unquestioned when involving communities with starkly different socioeconomic statuses. This presents considerable challenges to effectively benefitting the communities we purport to help. This webinar presents experiences of Community-Engaged Research from the perspectives of researcher and community stakeholder, among refugees and/or precariously-housed populations in two cities. Discussion will focus on contextual considerations when conducting research across different communities.

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

June 21, 2022

3 to 4 p.m. ET

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

Religion, Spirituality and Aging

June 27, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: This monthly meeting will be held the last Monday of each month. The first 10-15 minutes will include a discussion of business-related items. The rest of the meeting will be used for participants to present work, share ideas, get feedback from peers, or network and explore collaborations in our subfield. If you are interested in presenting or sharing your work, email convener, Lydia Manning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

July

Indigenous Peoples

July 7, 2022

2 to 3 p.m. ET

Description: Discussions about the upcoming in-person annual interest group meeting and plans for the following year.

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

July 12, 2022

3 to 4 p.m. ET

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

Community-Engaged Research - Journal Club

July 13, 2022

4 to 5 p.m. ET

Description: The scope and aims of Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) demand a rethinking of common research or community engagement practices. This journal club focuses on the above topic and serves as an introduction to methodological articles that will be archived in the CEnR Library. Come ready to share stories and discuss issues on the topic in relation to, or apart from, the assigned readings. We look forward to learning with you!

Facilitator(s): Drs Carrie Leach, PhD / Daniel Gan, PhD

Readings: 

  • Cornwall, A. (2008). Unpacking ‘Participation’: models, meanings and practices. Community development journal, 43(3), 269-283.
  • Gilmore-Bykovskyi, A., Croff, R., Glover, C. M., Jackson, J. D., Resendez, J., Perez, A., ... & Manly, J. J. (2021). Traversing the aging research and health equity divide: toward intersectional frameworks of research justice and participation. The Gerontologist, gnab107.

Paid Caregiving

July 14, 2022

4 to 5 p.m. ET

Description: This quarterly meeting will include opportunities to share about your research and network.  

Nursing Care of Older Adults

July 18, 2022

5 to 6 p.m. ET

Description: "Mentoring the Mentor: How to Guide/Mentor/Advise Nursing Doctoral Students to a Successful Dissertation." During this interactive session, we will explore issues facing new mentors, hear a presentation from Dr. Christine Williams, “Real-World Guidance in becoming a Successful Doctoral Faculty Mentor,” and break into smaller groups to discuss common stresses and new solutions.

Religion, Spirituality and Aging

July 25, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: This monthly meeting will be held the last Monday of each month. The first 10-15 minutes will include a discussion of business-related items. The rest of the meeting will be used for participants to present work, share ideas, get feedback from peers, or network and explore collaborations in our subfield. If you are interested in presenting or sharing your work, email convener, Lydia Manning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


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