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  • June 2, 2017
    Mary Ann Johnson, the Flatt Professor in Foods and Nutrition in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been named president of the American Society for Nutrition. Johnson, who also serves as the associate director of the University of Georgia Institute of Gerontology within the College of Public Health, will serve a one-year term. She previously has served ASN as a national...
  • March 8, 2017
    Training service coordinators in low-income public housing to better assist aging residents could not only improve community members’ health outcomes but also save the government money in hospital visits, nursing home stays and rehabilitation costs, according to an article by researchers at the University of Georgia published recently in the Journal of Housing for the Elderly. These coordinators...
  • March 2, 2017
    Navigating the U.S. health care system can be frustrating for anyone, but for adults with chronic medical conditions, the frustration can become overwhelming as they juggle multiple providers, medications and treatments. But now, a study from the University of Georgia published online in January in Patient Education and Counseling provides insights into how health care providers, in conjunction...
  • March 1, 2017
    We are pleased to announce that a Summer Thru Session course will be added for undergraduates interested in taking an overview course on aging. GRNT3000e is entirely online, so students can take it anywhere in the world. This is particularly useful for those students that have internships or jobs over the summer.  A brief description is below. Contact Dr. Emerson (emerson@uga.edu) for more...
  • November 14, 2016
    The middle of an Illinois cornfield, it turns out, can prove fertile ground for a career in academic research. Heidi Harriman Ewen spent her formative years there in the Midwestern quiet, shaped by regular journeys to the local nursing home and senior center where her mother taught quilting and gardening classes and by daily conversations with her nearby grandparents. Those early years spent...
  • July 25, 2016
    Despite the heat outside, the Fall 2016 schedule will begin soon! Check out our course schedule and consider signing up for some excellent courses in aging.  We offer both in-person as well as online courses.  For more information, go to: https://www.publichealth.uga.edu/geron/programs/courses or contact Dr. Emerson at emerson@uga.edu  
  • May 9, 2016
    A lot of discussion is happening based on the Forbes list ranking Atlanta as the American city with the fastest aging population. The article states that Atlanta's older population grew by 20 percent from 2010 to 2014. That's not the same as having the highest current percentage of older residents, but it is a wake-up call, according to Dr. Heidi Ewen.  For a full analysis by Dr. Ewen of the...
  • May 4, 2016
    On Tuesday May 3, the Institute of Gerontology held their our annual Student Recognition Ceremony. Everyone gathered to recognize the outstanding achievements of graduating gerontology students, and Dr. Ewen inducted the newest members of Sigma Phi Omega, the national gerontology honors society. The Institute was honored to have Eve Anthony as the keynote speaker at the event. Eve is the CEO and...
  • April 28, 2016
    Congratulations to Nikaela Frederick, MPH 2015 graduate, who was inducted today into Phi Kappa Phi Chapter #32. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi extends invitations to a highly select group of the best and brightest students and faculty. Nikaela received her MPH concentrating in Gerontology and Health Promotion & Behavior.   Congratulations Nikaela, we are very proud of your...
  • April 16, 2016
    Congratulations to Jackie Tachmann, MSW/MPH dual degree student, for winning third place in the Leonard W. and Marie A. Poon Student Mentoring Award! The award was presented at the 26th Annual Southeastern Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology and Geriatrics on April 16 in Pensacola, Florida. A copy of her abstract is below:   Experiential Learning and the Impact of Dementia on...
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