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Improving the Aging Experience for All
UMass Boston Gerontology 2021-2022 Impact Report

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Above: Older adults and their parents who were interviewed for UMB Professor Kathrin Boerner's Boston Aging Together Study.


Photos by Gretjen Helene

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Adapting and responding to challenging times

In the fall of 2021, the University named Jan Mutchler and Edward Alan Miller as director of the Gerontology Institute and chair of the Department of Gerontology, respectively. Here they share their perspectives on 2021-2022.


2021-2022 BY THE NUMBERS

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Voices of Impact

Click the video links to watch six stakeholders—partners, board members, and a doctoral student—share their perspectives on the value of UMass Boston Gerontology's work.

Elizabeth Chen
Alumna, Aging Policy Leader 

Mass. Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Kim Brooks
Nonprofit Partner

Chief Operating Officer
Hebrew Senior Life

John Cheney
Lifelong Learner

Board Member
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Nidya Velasco Roldán
Doctoral Student, Researcher 

Doctoral Student, Research Assistant

UMB Department of Gerontology

Sandra Harris
Age-Friendly State Partner


Massachusetts AARP

Neil Downing
Pension Recovery Champion

Tax Consultant and
Former PAC Board Member

Year in Highlights
Voices of Impact

Our Year in Highlights

We offer a small sampling of our activities over the past year—learn more by clicking the links. Find more news and features on the Gerontology Institute blog.


Heidi Whear, director of the Swampscott, MA, Senior Center, helps deliver grab-n-go lunches in 2021. The CSDRA at UMass Boston conducted a survey, focus groups, interviews, and more to help Swampscott assess the needs and interests of its older population. Photo: David Sokol/

Responding to COVID-19

The second year of the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the social, financial, and health crises often experienced by older Americans. The crises also helped to spotlight the critical work of UMass Boston gerontologists.


Our pandemic responses include:

Our Partners

Thanks to these organizations for their support of UMass Boston Gerontology:


AARP Foundation   

Anne Tumlinson Innovations, LLC   

Bacon Trust   

Borchard Foundation    

City of Boston   

Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing   

Community Catalyst, Inc.   

Dignity Alliance   

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley  

Grantmakers In Aging, Inc.  

Hebrew Senior Life   

Henry & Marilyn Taub Foundation   

Jewish Healthcare Foundation Pittsburgh  


Massachusetts Councils on Aging

Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs   

Montachusett Regional Transit Authority   

National Council on Aging   

National Institutes of Health

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care    

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute   

Planning Office for Urban Affairs Inc.

Point32Health Foundation 

Research Triangle Institute   

Rutgers University   

RRF Foundation for Aging   

The SCAN Foundation   

The Silver Century Foundation   

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  

University of Massachusetts Medical School 

Our Partners

Our Alumni: Global Leaders

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