Sloan Research Network, Tuesday, December 11, 2018
In This Issue

GSA Preconference: Research that Matters to Employers-Overcoming Constraints to Later Life Work

The Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work held its 4th and highly successful day-long session as a preconference workshop at the Gerontological Society of America's annual meeting on November 14, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts.  The meeting was attended by members of the Network from all over the world including Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, and the UK in addition to the U.S.  Presenters focused on the theme of the workshop--Research that Matters to Employers: Overcoming the Constraints of Later Life Work. The workshop also featured a keynote speaker, Kerry Hannon, a best-selling author, highly-acclaimed columnist, and nationally-recognized expert and strategist on career transitions, personal finance, retirement, and entrepreneurship. The workshop closed with a lively discussion of proposals for new research ideas pertinent to the theme, a wrap-up by founding Director of the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes who addressed the parallels between the work of the Network and the labor dispute that continued throughout the event and the importance of the future of the Network. You may access the presentation slides here. The preconference workshop was led by Jacquelyn James, Director of the Network, who also hosted a dinner in celebration of the workshop participants and presenters as well as a renewal grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Even though Boston was treated to an unusually early snow storm, the dinner was a great event for socializing, networking, and sightseeing outside of the Boston hotels!
Renewal Grant from the Sloan Foundation
As noted above, we are extremely pleased to announce a renewal grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to solidify the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work as a Living Legacy of the "Working Longer" program at the Foundation. The Foundation has generously supported the Center on Aging & Work, and now, the Network for 13 years. The new grant will continue through November of 2021. We are fortunate to have this level of support as we all work to address the needs of employers and their employees in this rapidly changing context of aging and work. 
Invitation to Develop a Network Event

Finally, as the New Year rolls around and as part of implementing the goals of the new grant, we will be encouraging all members to think about organizing a preconference event for future GSA or other professional organization meetings. If you might be even remotely interested in organizing such an event, please let me know as soon as possible. I am happy to work with you to make this mutually beneficial to you and to the Network.

In the meantime, I wish all of you the joys of this holiday season. Please be in touch with your Network activities and announcements. We are stronger when we work together.
With best regards,
Jacquelyn James
Director, Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work
Boston College 
Network Steering Committee: Ruth Kanfer, Christina Matz-Costa, Phyllis Moen, Alicia Munnell, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Sara Rix, Ursula Staudinger, Harvey Sterns, Philip Taylor, Julie Zissimopoulos