Volume 41, Number 1                                             Spring/Summer 2018
AGHE President's Welcome
Greetings, fellow members of the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education
Judith L. Howe, AGHE President 
(AGHE)! This new name hints at some exciting developments for our organization which dramatically enhance our visibility among the global community of gerontology educators and scholars.
As a fully integrated organization within the  Gerontological Society of America (GSA), AGHE will convene at the same time as GSA's Annual Scientific meeting. This is a great opportunity for greater participation across constituencies and areas of focus and will broaden the reach of AGHE's programs and products. AGHE will hold its committee, interest group, and business meetings at the Annual Scientific meeting in dedicated space. Education oriented presentations will be clustered together to enhance interactions among the AGHE community, AGHE's processes and calendar of activities, including award and fellowship nominations, will now align with GSA's.
We now offer four membership categories: educational institution, educational affiliate, organizational affiliate, and individual. Depending on the type of institution and associated membership fees, educational institutions will be able to designate between two and four individuals as GSA members.
All GSA members will soon be able to elect affiliation with AGHE during the normal membership enrollment process, just as they have been able to affiliate with other sections of GSA (e.g., Behavioral & Social Sciences/BSS, Emerging Scholar & Professional Organization/ESPO, etc.). Academy affiliation may be elected in addition to other section memberships - you don't have to choose one over another!
Members may continue to look to Gerontology & Geriatrics Education (G&GE) as the official journal of AGHE and the leader in the exchange of information related to research, curriculum development, course and program evaluation, classroom and practice innovation, and other topics with educational implications for gerontology and geriatrics. The AGHExchange will also continue to be published periodically. You may also look to the AGHE Program of Merit (POM) and Tree of Knowledge Campaign to continue in their current formats.
Our first fully integrated program will occur at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, Texas, November 13-17, 2019. AGHE related sessions will be available to meeting attendees throughout the conference. Abstracts will be due by March 15, 2019. I hope you are planning to share your important work with us there and to join us in celebrating this exciting new road ahead for AGHE.
You will find more information on our   FAQ page , or reach out to us at aghe@aghe.org .
Warm Regards,
From the Editor
Elizabeth Bergman,
AGHExchange Editor
Dear AGHExchange Readers,

It has been a genuine pleasure serving as AGHExchange editor since 2015. This role has provided me with so many opportunities, the most treasured of which has been the chance to get to know and collaborate with so many AGHE members. I'm not going far, as I transition to the role of managing editor of Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, AGHE's official journal. I look forward to many future collaborations with AGHE membership in this capacity.

My path to involvement in AGHE leadership began upon being asked. While I am forever grateful for that invitation (thanks, CF!!!), how I wish in retrospect that I hadn't waited to be asked. If you are like I was, interested in becoming involved beyond membership but waiting to be asked, please make haste! You won't regret it.
A new AGHExchange editor will be appointed very soon. Thanks in advance for making this person feel as welcome as you all made me feel.


Elizabeth Bergman
K-12 Korner
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018
Book Award for Best Children's Literature on Aging!
Hour of the Bees  by Lindsay Eagar
When she and her family move to his deserted ranch in order to transfer him to a care home, Carol struggles to cope with the suffocating heat and the effects of her grandfather's dementia. Carol sees glimmers of something special in what her parents dismiss as Serge's madness. As she rethinks her roots and what she thought she knew about her family, Carol comes to the realization that Serge's past is quickly catching up with her present.
It's Just Aging  by Eliah Takushi , Carly Tan, & Colby Takeda
Lily is a playful young girl who loves her Tutu and P apa. On this beautiful day in Hawai`i, Lily learns how to make her Tu   tu's famous banana bread and, in the process, discovers some of the benefits and challenges of growing up.  
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Writing Contest
"An Older Georgian I Admire" 
First Place  
Sara Harris, My Awesome Troop Leaders!
Second Place
Valeria Qui ñ ones, Who I Admire
Chloe Fuchs, The Impact My Dad Has Made In My Life
Third Place 
Brydon Vest, How My Dad Made an Impact In  My Life
Alaina Wright, My Hero
Second Place   
Lily Houston, Mrs . Searles
Third Place 
Ja'shawn Kendricks, Martin Luther King, Jr.  
Valuable Resource for Explaining Dementia to Children 
Submitted by:
Sandra L. McGuire, Professor Emeritus 
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The AGHE award for Best Children's Literature on Aging recognizes positive portrayals of older adults in children's literature. The award commenced in 2009 and winners are available on the AGHE website.  
The K-12 committee realizes books that situationally address topics such as dementia are needed. A recent book Grandma and Me. A Kid's Guide for Alzheimer's and Dementia (Beatrice Tauber Prior, Psy.D. & Mary Ann Drummond, RN, 2018) shares the journey of Alzheimer's disease and gives adults an age appropriate way to explain what is happening to the person. If you are looking for a book to explain dementia to a child you may want to try this one. 
Intergenerational Committee Corner
Celebrate Intergenerational Aging
Aging is an intergenerational phenomena. Dr. Sally Newman, an intergenerational pioneer and founder of the AGHE Intergenerational Learning, Research, and Community Engagement (ILRCE) Committee and the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, noted that increased age segregation in society has resulted in decreased intergenerational exchange and diminished opportunities to develop mutual understanding. In an aging world, aging has become less intergenerational. This needs to change! Recent research such as the Canadian Revera Report on Ageism: Independence and Choice as We Age and publications from the Frameworks Institute note that intergenerational relationships and collaborations are a key to reimagining aging and combating ageism. Intergenerational connections can happen immediately, at little or no cost, and with proven reciprocal rewards. We all have a chance to get involved in creating a more age integrated society. Connecting generations facilitates intergenerational learning and understanding.

The ILRCE would like to encourage everyone to take part in planning and implementing intergenerational connections into everyday life. An upcoming opportunity to start such connections is Intergeneration Month. September is Intergeneration Month and provides an opportunity to promote and celebrate intergenerational collaborations and make communities more age integrated. Ideas to celebrate the month can be found at their website. Initiatives started with Intergeneration Month can continue throughout the year. Every day there are opportunities for intergenerational connections, taking the initiative is the key.

Schools, libraries, Senior Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Senior Olympics, places of worship, community centers, and recreational and environmental programs all have intergenerational potential. The American Library Association endorses Intergeneration Month and this endorsement offers an opportunity to pursue library participation. Books from the AGHE award for Best Children's Literature on Aging could be showcased in the library and be part of intergenerational library activities.

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Special Report
AGHE Competencies Applied to Virtual Reality Health Professions Education
Submitted by:  
Marilyn R. Gugliucci, MA, PhD 
Professor, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Most students in health professions education will go on to treat older adults at some point during their careers, even those in pediatrics as the number of grandparents who are primary care providers for grandchildren is growing rapidly. The majority of those future providers do not know exactly what it felt like to be in the shoes of an older adult.
Beginning in November 2016, Marilyn R. Gugliucci, MA, PhD, professor at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been working with the UNE Library Services through grant funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region (NN/LM NER) Technology Grant to implement the Embodied Labs "We Are Alfred" virtual reality (VR) experience project.  
Embodied Labs builds virtual reality simulations that combine live action film, interactive computer generated objects, and learner generated agency, resulting in immersive, engaging and impactful learning experiences. The embodied labs have virtual reality content at their core, but include other learning activities that scaffold learning, provide assessment, and make virtual reality easy to integrate into healthcare training. The Company's 2018 focus is to create a suite of training modules specifically geared for aging healthcare services employees.

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How is your institution celebrating Careers in Aging Week 2019?
It's not too soon to start planning for this exciting opportunity to highlight the opportunities offered by the field of gerontology and your degree programs!  April 2019 
The American Psychological Association Committee on Aging's Exploring Careers in Aging Roadmap provides detailed guidance and resources to encourage students to explore research, practice and academic careers in aging.  One Roadmap is for undergraduate students and one is for graduate students. Both include:
  • Specific questions to consider
  • Actions to take to be prepared and position oneself to embark on a career in aging
  • Resources including directories of programs, academic resources, and networking and job search essentials
  • Profiles and descriptions of a wide variety of aging and interdisciplinary careers that intersect with aging
Have questions or ideas for additional dissemination?  Please contact Alex Watt at awatt@apa.org  or (202) 336-6046.
Teaching & Learning Resources
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Community College Corner
Program of Merit a Worthy Pursuit
Submitted by:
Karla Gustafson
Gerontology Department Chair
Gerontology Program Coordinator
American River College
The Gerontology department at American River College (ARC) was developed in 1972 by Dr. Charles Borowiak, a visionary who recognized the need for people trained in gerontology to work with the growing senior population.
The program started with a six-week session in which students lived at the Veteran's Home in Yountville, California. Courses held at Yountville provided students with an opportunity to interact with and relate their studies to an immediate older population. Within two years, the courses were incorporated onto the American River College (ARC) campus within the Psychology department of the Behavioral and Social Science Division. Three initial courses were offered: Psychology of Aging, Sociology of Aging and Interviewing & Counseling the Elderly. Gerontology became a separate department offering an Associate of Arts degree with a dedicated department chair soon after. Dr. Borowiak as the Department Chair continued to lead the department for thirty years working with Dr. Barbara Gillogly for his last 17 years.
Drs. Borowiak and Gillogly shared a vision of providing a cutting edge program of excellence. They worked jointly to establish a gerontology program in alignment with the Core Principles and Outcomes of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Aging Studies Instruction by Elizabeth Douglass, David Peterson and Pamela Wendt published in 1993. In 2003, under the leadership of Dr. Barbara Gillogly, American River College (ARC) Gerontology department became the first community college to be recognized as AGHE Program of Merit (POM). Dr. Gillogly who also spent 30 years in the department, retiring in 2015.  
Faculty of AGHE's annual Teaching Institute, 2018, Atlanta, GA
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AGHE Congratulates 2018 Awardees

Clark Tibbitts Award  
Marilyn R. Gugliucci, Ph.D. 
University of New England 

Hiram J.  Friedsam Mentorship Award  
Phillip G. Clark, Sc.D. 
University of Rhode Island 

Distinguished Faculty Award  
Phyllis A. Greenberg, Ph.D. 
St. Cloud State University

Rising Star Early Career Faculty Award  
Eric C. Schoenmakers, Ph.D. 
Fontys University of Applied Sciences 
Student Leadership Award  
Catherine Perez, M.S.  
University of Southern California  

Graduate Student Paper Award  
Jill J. Naar, M.S.  
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University  
AGHE Congratulates 2018 James McKenney Student Travel Awardees

Travis Friot, RYT 200, 
Portland Community College

Sarah D. Holmes, MSW,
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Lars Hopman,
Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

Meghan McDarby, BS,
Washington University,  
St. Louis 

Jill J. Naar, MS,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University 

Rachel Sluder, BS,
University of New England

Briana N. Sprague, MS,
The Pennsylvania State University 

Daniel B. Stewart, MS,
Saint Louis University 

Maureen E. Templeman, MEd,
University of South Florida 

Loretta Wolf, MA,
University of Nebraska, Omaha 
AGHE Congratulates New Fellows
Hallie E. Baker, PhD 
Muskingum University 
Maria L. Claver, PhD
California State University, Long Beach
Elizabeth A. Elmore, PhD
Stockton University
Heidi H. Ewen, PhD
University of Georgia
Janet S. Hahn, PhD
Western Michigan University
Tina M. Kruger, PhD
Indiana State University 
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