November 2020

Invitation to a MEET & GREET with Network members!  
Network EJI Webinars
Intersectionality Panel
Call for Papers

I must register my disappointment that we will not be gathering at GSA, or any other meeting, any time soon! In the meantime, we are providing other ways to connect. Please see below for a new idea (an experiment!) and for further information about our two recent webinars.

Register today for a free webinar tomorrow -- Meaning and Purpose in Later Life: How Age, Race and Other Factors Shape Our Options for Work, Learning, and Civic Engagement and check out the Call for Papers for a special issue on “Age at Work, Well-Being, and COVID Related Challenges” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
New Experiment--Opportunity to Meet, Greet and Discuss Common Responses to the Pandemic on 12/7 at Noon EST
Please plan to join us for a Zoom Meet & Greet! Attendees will be invited to participate in 2 small groups of 3 people in breakout rooms for 2 15-minute sessions so that people get to meet more than one or two others. 

The plan is to get to know other members and discuss two topics: 

  1. What do we know/need to know about older worker prospects in the wake of COVID-19? 
  2. Do you have work that might suggest themes for a GSA preconference next year? What would be the titles for presentations with these themes?

We hope to plan several of these types of events. The first, as an experiment, is planned for December 7 at noon. You can register for the event here. This time frame will allow US and European members to participate (we hope to plan a second event at a better time for South Asia-Pacific members). 

Attendees will be led through the process of writing their ideas on a virtual whiteboard. At the end of the event, the white board will contain two murals, one for each discussion area that we can then post in the Network newsletter and on our website. We can use these ideas to develop a theme, send out a call for papers, and start a proposal for a preconference at next year’s GSA conference (deadline, March 11, 2021).  

What do you think? We would love to find new and better ways to connect during these days of isolation and travel restrictions!
Equity, Justice, and Inclusion for Older Workers: Recommendations and Solutions:
Two Webinars from and for Network Members 
I hope all of you have participated in the two excellent webinars produced by Network members in conjunction with GSA. These webinars, produced as part of our Equity, Justice, & Inclusion for Older Workers Series, were excellent and can be viewed on YouTube along with PDFs of slides and handouts.

Part I: Enhancing Economic Security for Older Low-Wage Workers, Mary Gatta, PhD, author of Waiting on Retirement: Aging and Economic Security in Low-Wage Work, offers new and different perspectives on the changing context of aging and work. (9/30/20)

Part II: Systems of Inequality Affecting Older Workers features three perspectives, including the situation for adult learners, older adult peer mental health specialists, and older adult long-term care facility workers. (10/29/20)

  • Identifying Malleable Barriers to Engage Underserved Minority Middle-Aged and Older Adult Learners in Adult Educational Opportunities. Presenters: Nytasia Hicks, MSW; Phyllis A. Cummins, PhD; and Takashi Yamashita, PhD

  • Older Adult Peer Specialists’ Role in Offsetting the Impact of Social Distancing During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Presenters: Mbita Mbao, LICSW; and Karen L. Fortuna, PhD, LICSW

  • Microlearning for Low-Wage Workers in Nursing Homes. Presenters: Jennifer Craft Morgan, PhD; and Elisabeth O. Burgess, PhD, FGSA

Free Webinar for Network Members -- Meaning and Purpose in Later Life: How Age, Race and Other Factors Shape Our Options for Work, Learning, and Civic Engagement
Does the deck get stacked against some people based simply on who they are and where they were born? Sadly, studies show that this is true, and the disadvantage grows when certain identities, including age, are layered one on top of the other.

Join us to learn how social position shapes our prospects in later life for purpose and meaning, how it affects health, quality of life and life expectancy, and how the pandemic has worsened the disadvantages already faced by many. More here.

2:30-4:00 PM EST (Donations are welcome to cover costs.)

Brought to you by: The Future of Aging Coalition (a CNAP Alliance initiative), The Center on Aging & Work at the Boston College School of Social Work, Massachusetts Gerontology Association, Encore Boston Network, and The Rosemary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies.

  • Dr. Christina Matz, Boston College, Social Work, Center on Aging & Work 

  • Dr. Kendra Jason, University of North Carolina Charlotte, Sociology 
  • Dr. Abby Helsinger and Samuel Van Vleet, University of Miami in Ohio 
  • Dr. Rocio Calvo, Boston College, Social Work, Center on Aging & Work
  • Dr. Cal Halvorsen, Boston College, Social Work, Center on Aging & Work 

  • Dr. Jacquelyn James, Boston College, Social Work, Center on Aging & Work  

Call for Papers
Sara Zaniboni and colleagues are seeking papers for a special issue on “Age at Work, Well-Being, and COVID Related Challenges” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (open access journal, IF 2.849 in 2019).  

Please, feel free to contact Sara if you have any questions about the special issue. 

Sara Zaniboni, PhD, Associate Professor
Work and Organizational Psychology, University of Bologna
With best regards,

Jacquelyn James
Director, Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work
Boston College 
Network Steering Committee: Cal Halvorsen, Kendra Jason, Ruth Kanfer, Christina Matz-Costa, Phyllis Moen, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Sara Rix, Harvey Sterns, Philip Taylor, Johanna Thunell