April 2016

posted 04.28.2016
If you couldn’t make it ASA’s 2016 Aging in America Conference, which was held in Washington DC this past March 20-24, or you just can’t get enough of AiA16, you’re in luck! Many of the most popular session from this year’s conference are being scheduled as web seminars, which are free to ASA…
posted 04.27.2016
By Krystal L. Culler Retaining brain health and cognitive fitness as we age are two topics that recently have been gaining national and global attention from researchers, providers and healthcare professionals. In 2014, the National Institute on Aging developed an educational toolkit offering…
posted 04.26.2016
By Mandy Weirich This blog post is dedicated to my first cousin, Ricky Smith, whose beautiful smile and laughter could light up any room. Ricky died from AIDS in 1994 at age 30. In 2011, I went back to school to get my master’s degree in Social Work. At the time I was working in adult protective…
posted 04.25.2016
By James R. Carter Before I start this blog post, I have to say I hit the job lottery. In an academic world rife with stories on the angst of the academic job search, I found a job with relative ease at an institution that values not only my work, but also my identity. I am an out gay man, and I…
posted 04.22.2016
By Mary McCall This commentary addresses the approach to LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex) aging studies from the perspective of integrating aging into LGBT studies, rather than thinking about how to integrate LGBTQI issues into gerontology courses. About…
posted 04.22.2016
By Nikki DiGregorio and Jennifer Zorotovich For higher education teachers, the search for more effective methods of educating students is continuous. This is especially true when integrating sensitive topics, such as aging issues in marginalized populations. Gender and sexual minorities face…
posted 04.21.2016
By Jeanne Sokolec The social determinants of health are commonly accepted as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age—circumstances shaped by the distribution of money, power, privilege and resources. This definition affects the well-being of marginalized persons and…
posted 04.21.2016
By Michael P. Dentato & Holly Deni A quick Google search shows that more than 50 U.S. institutions of higher learning now offer lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) studies courses, minors or majors. There are more than 100 colleges and universities that host LGBTQ student…
posted 04.21.2016
By Vanessa Barrington Bill, a 67 year old Oakland, CA resident, waited three years for his home, a very small cinderblock studio in a Supportive Housing complex across the street from St. Mary’s Senior Center. Even though there’s barely room for a bed and a couple of plants, and he struggles to…
posted 04.18.2016
For professionals in the field of aging, online courses can be an engaging and convenient way to learn new information and brush up on old skills. And the summertime is a great time to enroll in one of the online courses offered by ASA and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Because…