Volume 39, Number 4                                            Winter 2016/2017
President's Welcome
Dear Faculty and Students,

Now is the time to register and make your travel plans for AGHE 2017, March 9-12 in Miami, Florida. Your AGHE program committee has done a fabulous job under the leadership of Kelly Fitzgerald (Western Kentucky University) and Lydia Manning (Concordia University Chicago) in planning a not-to-be missed 43rd Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference, The Future is Now: Educating a New Generation of Professionals in Aging Worldwide. And to our colleagues who have not yet experienced an AGHE annual meeting, we encourage you to Try AGHE 2017!

The Program Book provides a taste of good things to come:


Four preconference sessions on March 9 (separate registration required):

  • The Role of Higher Education in Supporting the Home Care Workforce (Haley Gleason, Lisa Gurgone, Geoff Vercauteron, & Caitlin Coyle representing UMass Boston, the Home Care Aide Council, and Massachusetts Department of Higher Education)
  • Using Positive Psychology Tenets to Transform How We View, Research, Practice, and Discuss Dementia and Dementia Care (Alida Loinaz, & Michael Weston representing the University of Baltimore and the Alzheimer's Association)
  • Practical and Technical Assistance for the Program of Merit Application Process (Marilyn Gugliucci and Shannon Mathews representing the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and Winston-Salem State University)
  • 7th Annual Teaching Institute-You Can Do it! Teaching in an Online Environment - Navigating the Myths and Realities to Develop a Dynamic and High Quality Online Aging Course (Laura Donofrio, Tina Kruger, Lisa Borrero, Laurinda Reynolds, Phylis Greenberg, and Natalie Pitheckoff representing the University of Connecticut, Indiana State University, University of Indianapolis, American River College, St. Cloud State University, and University of Massachusetts Boston)
We are thrilled to have a conversation with the Honorable Josefina Carbonell and Dr. Martha Pelaez as our Opening Plenary session panelists March 9 moderated by Kathy Hyer, the Director of Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging, University of South Florida. Carbonell headed the Administration on Aging from 2001-2009 (now Administration on Community Living). She is currently the Senior Vice President of Long Term Care and Nutrition at Independent Living Systems and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Aging. Pelaez is a founder and consultant for Network Development, LLC., and leads the Health Foundation of South Florida Regional Collaborative (HARC). She was previously the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Regional Advisor on Aging and Health.
Josefina Carbonell     Martha Pelaez            Kathy Hyer

Another highlight is our 2nd Annual Charrette sponsored by AGHE's Age-Friendly Design Committee with support from Ankram Moison. Following rave reviews from the charrette experience at our 2016 meeting in Long Beach, the Committee has organized a two-session experience featuring a Miami Case Study where attendees will contribute their gerontological expertise to address age-friendly design needs of a future Miami landmark!

Also new (or renewed) this year is "Job Connect." Register first and then potential candidates and employers will be directed to a dedicated site to post positions available and sought. It is then up to the employers and candidates to arrange to meet virtually or in-person during the Miami meeting. Of course, we also encourage advertising available positions through the AGHE website .
And besides, AGHE 2017 will be fun!
Join me there!
Nina M. Silverstein, PhD
President, AGHE
University of Massachusetts Boston

AGHE 2017 Annual Meeting
The Future Is Now: Educating a New Generation of Professionals
in Aging Worldwide

Kelly Fitzgerald
Senior Scientist & Adjunct Graduate Faculty
Western Kentucky University

Lydia K. Manning 
Associate Professor of Gerontology
Gerontology Program Faculty Leader
Concordia University Chicago

AGHE's 43rd Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference is fast approaching (March 9-12, 2017 with the Pre-conference Tour on March 8). The meeting program has several exciting sessions and events. In addition to the highlights AGHE President Nina Silverstein provided above, we would like to bring your attention to some additional conference activities that you will want to consider as you plan your conference schedule.

When organizing your travel, please plan to stay until at least 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Start the morning with Workshop Sunday. We have several workshops planned for the morning that will help you wrap up the conference with many new take-away ideas. Following Workshop Sunday, we will wrap up the conference with the Closing Plenary, titled "Pitching to the Global Longevity Economy - Planning for the Global Business of Aging" which will feature Brittany C.S. Weinberg, Aging 2.0. The rapid aging of the world's population brings unprecedented and important changes in the global economic environment creating unique opportunities and challenges for businesses worldwide. Gerontological educators are uniquely positioned to take advantage of these challenges and opportunities because they can create multiple opportunities to introduce business issues related to corporate and public policy in their gerontological curriculum and career options for their students.

New this year for students: The AGHE Student Lounge will be a popular place for students to meet, recoup, plan session attendance, and partake in student committee offerings. Please make sure you stop by and check it out! Also, don't forget to attend the Mentoring with AGHE Fellows session and check out the various Sigma Phi Omega sessions and Annual Meeting.

Be sure and attend the Networking Luncheon: "Pecha Kucha - Build. Network. Discover. It's your Journey." It will take place Friday, March 10, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Separate registration is required. Consider participating in this new and exciting AGHE Networking Luncheon. Attendees will learn about AGHE Committees through a set of slide performances. What is Pecha Kucha? Pecha Kucha is an exciting way to provide information at conferences. It is an image-based slide presentation style that is concise and fast-paced. It allows for speakers to share images on a variety of topics, and in this case, about AGHE committees and the various charges of the committees.

The Saturday evening event, Escape to the Tropics with AGHE, is a not-to-be-missed event! Wear your flip flops, tropical shirts/dresses, and plan to relax and enjoy a night below the stars while enjoying great food, drinks, music and conversation! Register for the event early to avoid disappointment!

We also have several highlights to feature within our thematic tracks this year. Notable sessions include:

Program Curriculum Development
1. Looking for tools, tips, and techniques to expand your course or program's impact on students' interest in aging studies and ability to "do gerontology"? Look no further than the Program and Curriculum Development track at AGHE 2017! Check out the Beach Campfire Resource Exchanges in Miami. Presenters, including Jenny Mendez, Elizabeth Bergman, Janet Frank, and Jennifer Kinney, among many others from a variety of institutions will share their best practices, helping us all build better courses and better programs.

2. How are the AGHE competencies changing the face of aging education? Come hear Barbara Harrison, Katie Ehlman, and others presenting in the Program and Curriculum Development track at AGHE 2017 as they share how they have integrated the competencies into their course and program offerings in the session "Employing Competencies to Enhance Gerontology and Geriatric Education."

3. The Age of Love, a new documentary, follows the humorous and poignant adventures of 30 older adults who sign up for a Speed Dating event exclusively for 70- to 90-year-olds, and discover how dreams and desires change - or don't change - from first love to the far reaches of life. Rarely, in our youth-obsessed culture, do we see elders portrayed as emotionally intricate individuals. By taking a fresh look at our lifelong pursuit of companionship, The Age of Love reveals these older, yet still-passionate voices expressing the hearts and desires of a generation. Policy Makers, Health Professionals, Social Workers, Senior Center/Residence Administrators, Teachers and others can use this film to open a new dialogue with staff, students, seniors and their families, and the wider community. Come see Age of Love at the screening on Saturday, March 11th at 11:00 a.m. in the Hammock Room and join in discussion with Steven Loring (School of Visual Arts), Lydia K. Manning (Concordia University), and Denise Brothers (Madonna University). 
Translating Research to Education & Training
1. Ever find yourself telling others that you're just not a policy person? Are you sure that's true? We think you might be a policy person after all. Come and find out by attending the GSA Presidential Symposium talk "Are You Sure You Are Not a "Policy Person?" Public Policy and Gerontological Education" featuring Tara McMullen, Rona Karasik, Amy J. Plant, Phyllis A. Greenberg, and Daniel Van Dussen.

2. Is your institution moving to more online teaching? Are you ready for the shift? Do you have questions about how to best create an effective learning environment online? Don't be intimidated! Come and learn resources and tools to help you translate your traditional face-to-face class into the on-line learning environment. Attend the resource exchange: "The Look Before You Leap: Learning About Translating Your Traditional Class Into the Online Classroom" (Kristin Cole, Hallie E. Baker)

3. We often discuss the importance of exploring the changing landscape of Long Term Care, but how can we do that through education and practice? Come join the following paper presentations for best practices and in-depth discussions on how to change through education and practice: Increasing the Knowledge and Agency of Certified Nursing Assistants: A Response to Serious Mental Illness in Long Term Care (Sara J. English); Recruiting Dementia Caregivers for a Stress Study: Lessons Learned Through a Master's Research Project (Courtney Hull, Tina M. Kruger); Ethics, Aging, and Social Policy: The Brave New World of Health Reform and Long-Term Care (Mary Carter); and Teaching Change Management in Long-Term Care: Using the "Force" (David G. Wolf). 

Workforce Development
1. Student Symposium: Resumes, Transcripts, and Interviews... Oh, My! Tips for Effective Career Planning and Job Finding (Katarina Friberg Felsted, Erica L. Hegland). Interested in learning the skills needed to prepare you for a career in gerontology? Then, please plan on attending this student led symposium on career planning and job searching. This symposium will teach students, fellows, and scholars about how to build your resume/cv, effective interview techniques, and identify your career path.

2. Workshop: Condition-Specific Assessment and Communication Tools Effect on Transfers, Hospitalizations, and 30-Day Readmissions From Long-Term Care to Acute Care (Terri Devereaux, Nancy D. Zionts). Want to learn about new tools designed to improve communication between physicians and nurses in long-term care settings that may decrease unnecessary transfers, hospitalizations, and 30-day readmissions? Then come to this workshop where you will learn about how to implement condition-specific assessment and communication tools in the long-term care setting where you work. 

Age-friendly Environments Track
Since 2006, the global age-friendly movement has continued to grow and AGHE has embraced the topic by offering sessions highlighting teaching, research, and practice. The 2017 Age-friendly Environments track offers workshops and poster sessions that cover a wide range of topics under the age-friendly umbrella. March 9, visit the poster by Drs. Montepare and Farah to learn about the 10 Principles for an Age-Friendly University. On March 11, learn about teaching and research strategies pertaining to healthy aging in a workshop titled Aging Well: Understanding the Importance of Initiatives and Research That Promote Well-Being for All Ages. Also, for the second year, AGHE will host a series of design workshops (aka "mini charrettes") that seeks to incorporate the expertise and knowledge of conference attendees into a local project. This year, in partnership with Florida International University, the Underline, and the Miami Dade Age-friendly Initiative, a two-part workshop led by Dr. Peggy Perkinson titled Charrette Planning for Age-Related Design: Miami Case Study (March 9 & 11) will focus on gathering age-friendly design recommendations from conference attendees for the Coconut Grove transit stop and adjacent community. If you would like to get involved in future age-friendly activities, consider joining the Age-Friendly Design Committee which meets Friday, March 10.

Speakers reflecting on research projects may be of particular interest to students, including: "Reflections on a Doctoral-Level Research Practicum Course: Student and Mentor Perspectives" by Seojung Jung and "Recruiting Dementia Caregivers for a Stress Study: Lessons Learned Through a Master's Research Project" by Courtney Hull. Other sessions about job-search and the current job market may be helpful for students, including the Student Symposium, "Resumes, Transcripts, and Interviews... Oh, My! Tips for Effective Career Planning and Job Finding" by Katarina Friberg Felsted and "The Current Job Market for Gerontologists: An International Perspective" by Birgit Pianosi.

Registration is open! Visit  the website for more information.  We look forward to seeing you in Miami!
AGHE 2017 Annual Meeting was contributed by AGHE's Annual Meeting Program Committee.  
K-12 Korner
Join K-12 for a Special Session:
Standing the Test of Time 

Colleen R. Bennett
Doctoral Candidate, Gerontology
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

The K-12 Gerontology Education Committee was busy at the 69th Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana! The committee met to discuss the reinvigoration of its annual presentation at the AGHE Annual Meeting upcoming in Miami, Florida. This year, to begin the build-up to the 2018 Book Award for Children's Literature on Aging, the K-12 Committee will present a lecture on Standing the Test of Time, recounting classic children's literature that positively represents aging and older adults. K-12's own Ed Ansello will lead this lively presentation, and all are welcome and encouraged to attend! It's happening on Saturday, March 11, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

K-12 Korner is a regular column contributed by AGHE's K-12 Gerontology Education Committee. 
Student News
Annual Meeting 2017:
Calling All Students!

Lisa Juckett
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Occupational Therapy Division 

With the AGHE Annual Meeting rapidly approaching, the AGHE Student Committee wanted to share a few meeting highlights and additional items of interest:

1. Students can join the Student Committee in the AGHE Student Lounge at the Miami Dadeland Marriott. Swing by the lounge to relax, recoup, and recharge during the Annual Meeting. Students can also pick up their Student Welcome Bags in the Student Lounge on Friday, March 10th and Saturday, March 11th.

2. Students are invited to attend the Student Symposium on Friday, March 10th from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for "Resumes, Transcripts, and Interviews...Oh, My! Tips for Effective Career Planning and Job Finding." Our panel of gerontology scholars will share their insights on how students can prepare for successful careers in the field of aging. Students are also encouraged to attend the AGHE Student Committee Meeting on Saturday, March 11th from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Learn about opportunities to get involved and how the Student Committee can support the next generation of scholars.

3. Know a student looking to get involved with AGHE? The Student Committee is currently seeking to the fill the Student Committee Secretary Position for the March 2017-March 2018 term. Responsibilities include recording "minutes" during Student Committee meetings, assisting with social media outreach, and communicating between students and the Executive Committee. Contact Lisa Juckett or Erica Hegland for more information about the position.

4 . The AGHE Awards Committee is proud to announce that 10 students were selected to receive the James McKenney Student Travel Award for the AGHE Annual Meeting. Award recipients will be recognized at the AGHE Business Meeting on Friday, March 10th at 5:30 p.m.

Student News is a regular column contributed by AGHE's Student Committee.  
GWEP Activities at AGHE 2017
Join Us in Miami to interact with passionate educators and leaders from across the globe! Come away with fresh ideas and new approaches to gerontological and geriatrics education strategies and techniques.
See the GWEP Activities at AGHE 2017 flyer for details of presentations related to the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). 
Careers in Aging Week
Careers in Aging Week (CIAW) unites universities and colleges across the world April 2-8, 2017, by promoting the wide-ranging career opportunities in aging and aging research.

Interested in Careers in Aging Week Swag? It is available to order now through March 20! This year's kit includes cups, bags, ear buds, pens, lip balm, and Careers in Aging week social media signs. Visit www.careersinaging.com for more information about Careers in Aging Week and - details on how to order swag!

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Newly Elected Officers
Welcome to AGHE's newly-elected officers, who will begin their terms at the close of the Annual Meeting in March.

President-Elect Judith L. Howe  
Icahn School of Medicine
at Mount Sinai
Read Dr. Howe's bio here

Hallie E. Baker
Muskingum University
Read Dr. Baker's bio here

Elizabeth J. Bergman
Ithaca College
Read Dr. Bergman's bio here
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Don't Miss AGHE 2017 Award Presentations & Lectures
The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education is recognizing 19 professionals in the field of aging for their commitment to AGHE, dedication to the field of gerontology and/or geriatrics, and contributions to their campuses and communities. Join us in Miami at the Annual Business Meeting on Friday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. as we celebrate the achievements of these individuals.

Come see some of our awardees in action at the following awardee lectures:

Friday, March 10
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
JoAnn Damron-Rodriguez
Gerontology: Cultural Change, Competence and Creativity

Saturday, March 11
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Kelvin J. Davies
From Socrates to Watson & Crick - the Evolution of Molecular Biology & Mentoring in Geroscience
Friday, March 10
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Judith A. Sugar
Recruiting the Next Generation of Gerontologists

Friday, March 10
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Özgür Arun
'Aging' is Only a Word!