UGA Institute of Gerontology

UGA Institute of Gerontology The University of Georgia's Institute of Gerontology in the College of Public Health is charged to initiate, maintain, and collaborate in instruction, research, and outreach associated with aging and older adults.
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Save the date! ๐Ÿ‘ˆ#UGAPublicHealth neuroscientist Lisa Renzi-Hammond will be joining Chef Hugh Acheson and other experts o...
06/08/2020

Save the date! ๐Ÿ‘ˆ
#UGAPublicHealth neuroscientist Lisa Renzi-Hammond will be joining Chef Hugh Acheson and other experts online to talk about the importance of diet and nutrition on brain health and dementia risk on Thurs. June 18.
Registration details are below.๐Ÿ‘‡

Join us for a "Talk with the Experts: How What we Eat Affects our Brains", live webinar on June 18! Panelists include Chef Hugh Acheson, Dr. Lisa Renzi-Hammond with UGA College of Public Health , Renae Brown, dietitian from @GeorgiaDeparmentofHumanServices. To register, call 800-272-3900. Or learn more at https://bit.ly/2ARz41p

Athens Community Council on Aging
05/31/2020

Athens Community Council on Aging

The Georgia shelter-in-place order for older adults, and those who are medically fragile, continues through June 12. We have a comprehensive list of resources available to help you. And, as always, please reach out to us at 706-549-4850 should you need any assistance during this time.
https://www.accaging.org/covid-19-resources/

Congratulations to Dr. Kerstin Emerson, who was recently named a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, the na...
05/28/2020
The Gerontological Society of America selects 2020 fellows

Congratulations to Dr. Kerstin Emerson, who was recently named a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. The status of fellow - the highest class of membership within the Society - is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/tgso-tgs052720.php

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has named 33 exemplary professionals as its newest fellows.

05/26/2020

Our amazing community partners are working hard to address loneliness among our older residents. See below for details on the "Buddy Calls" system!
@Athens Community Council on Aging @AU UGA Medical Partnership #NoSeniorLeftBehind

Kimberly Wolf (MSW/MPH student) created the "Pets Together" project, which helps ease isolation among older adults durin...
05/20/2020
Grad student โ€˜bringsโ€™ pets to group homes

Kimberly Wolf (MSW/MPH student) created the "Pets Together" project, which helps ease isolation among older adults during this time of quarantine. Read about this innovative project below. We are so proud of Kim's work on behalf of older adults!

Pets Together project helps ease isolation during this time of quarantine.

05/19/2020

Participate in a Research Study from Home!

The University of Georgia Institute of Gerontology is looking for people aged 65-115 years with memory problems, or a recent diagnosis of Alzheimerโ€™s disease or a related dementia. We are also looking for caregivers for people with Alzheimerโ€™s disease or a related dementia.

Goals: We are working with a local Georgia company (Cloud Mustang) to create new technology for helping people with memory loss communicate with their caregivers. In this study, you will:
โ€ข look at designs for the technology
โ€ข provide feedback on whether or not this technology would help you
โ€ข tell us how we can make it better

Possible Risks and Discomfort: Cognition testing for people with memory loss can be frustrating. No risks are expected.

Incentives: Because of the need to socially distance during COVID19, testing will be conducted over the internet. Participants will receive $25 per video call, two calls required.

To participate: Contact the UGA Institute of Gerontology by emailing us at [email protected]

Consider supporting our community partner, Athens Community Council on Aging, during Giving Tuesday. Since March 16, the...
05/05/2020

Consider supporting our community partner, Athens Community Council on Aging, during Giving Tuesday. Since March 16, they have provided over 34,126 meals to 1,404 older adults and have placed over 1,400 safety check phone calls. Their donation goal is $5,000, the amount needed to feed 200 older adults for a week during our COVID-19 emergency food relief efforts. For details, see below.

In this time of uncertainty, there is a fundamental truth that gives us hope - that together we can do extraordinary things! That is why we are participating in Giving Tuesday Now, a global day of unity and giving taking place today as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

The situation remains serious, especially for older adults, so our work to ensure that no senior is left behind must continue. Our goal for Giving Tuesday Now is raising $5,000, the amount needed to feed 200 seniors for a week during our COVID-19 emergency food relief efforts.

Please consider a gift today in support of ACCA and help spread the word on this Giving Tuesday. https://www.gagives.org/story/Accagivingtuesday

#NoSeniorLeftBehind
#GivingTuesdayNow

Today marks the start of Older Americans Month. While we cannot celebrate it as usual, we still encourage individuals an...
05/01/2020

Today marks the start of Older Americans Month. While we cannot celebrate it as usual, we still encourage individuals and communities to reflect on the countless contributions that older adults make to our lives and nation. This year's theme, "Make Your Mark," highlights the difference everyone can make โ€“ in the lives of older adults, in support of caregivers, and to strengthen communities.

To get us started, the ACL put together a short list of ideas on how to socialize, learn, explore, unwind, and connect during this time of increased isolation.

https://acl.gov/sites/default/files/oam/2020/EngageVirtually.pdf

Happy 100th Birthday to Captain Tom Moore (now honorary colonel!), who recently made the news for raising over ยฃ30mby co...
04/30/2020
Video experience headlines - BBC News

Happy 100th Birthday to Captain Tom Moore (now honorary colonel!), who recently made the news for raising over ยฃ30m
by completing laps of his garden in England. Celebrations included birthday greetings from the Queen and the Prime Minister, as well as an RAF flyover. Happy birthday Captain Moore!

The war veteran who has raised more than ยฃ30 million for the NHS has celebrated his milestone birthday in style.

This is a wonderful story for so many reasons. We particularly love this quote: "the years we can look forward to, whate...
04/29/2020
For Centenarian Survivor Of 1918 Flu Pandemic, Coronavirus Is Just Another 'Problem'

This is a wonderful story for so many reasons. We particularly love this quote: "the years we can look forward to, whatever they be, whether they be many or few, and even if they're just days, to look forward to them. And then hope for another one."

Joe Newman was 5 when the 1918 flu pandemic broke out. Now 107, he and his 100-year-old fiancรฉe are living in lockdown together in Florida and have a decidedly long view on the current crisis.

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Saint Hamilton for being being selected as a UGA 2020-2021 Service Learning Fellow. During ...
04/27/2020
Service-Learning Fellows Program | The Office of Service-Learning

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Saint Hamilton for being being selected as a UGA 2020-2021 Service Learning Fellow. During her fellowship she will develop a service learning course for undergraduate students, with a focus on providing hands on learning in gerontology. We canโ€™t wait to offer this new GRNT course next year!

The Service-Learning Fellows Program is a year-long faculty development program that provides an opportunity for selected faculty members to learn best practices in service-learning and community engagement, and to integrate service-learning into their teaching, research, and public service work whi...

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities has put together a series of FREE webinars fo...
04/25/2020
2x2 Series: Daily Self-Care Tips and Support for Health Care and Emergency Response Workers

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities has put together a series of FREE webinars focused on daily self-care tips and support. The list includes webinars on self-care for the caregiver, coping with social distancing, mindfulness techniques to manage stress, and more.

< Back to Coronavirus: COVID-19 Information These Webex events are designed to provide daily self-care tips and support for health care and emergency response workers. Each session will provide attendees with mental health tips about managing stress, grief, work/life balance, and wellness.

During Careers in Aging Week, we want to give a special shout-out to Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), who care for o...
04/22/2020
Elder Care Heroes

During Careers in Aging Week, we want to give a special shout-out to Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), who care for older adults in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. CNAs are frontline healthcare workers, doing incredible work. Follow the series below to learn more about these elder care heroes.

A new series about CNAs, the heroes in the battle to fight COVID-19.

Congratulations to Dr. Kerstin Gerst Emerson for being awarded the 2020 College of Public Health's Excellence in Service...
04/21/2020

Congratulations to Dr. Kerstin Gerst Emerson for being awarded the 2020 College of Public Health's Excellence in Service Award!

As UGA's Honor Week begins today - highlighting service - we would like to congratulate and celebrate Dr. Kerstin Gerst Emerson, the 2020 recipient of the College of Public Health's Excellence in Service Award.

Dr. Emerson, a clinical associate professor at the UGA Institute of Gerontology, is a tireless advocate for older adults. She incorporates service into her teaching and works to educate both her students and the masses about the dangers of ageism and the importance of social connectedness in older persons. As faculty mentor for the Gerontology Club, she and her students deliver many valuable services to the older adult community, ranging from โ€œSanta for a Senior,โ€ which provides much needed items to older adults in low resource settings, to the annual Memory Walk in support of the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter.

Amazingly, Dr. Emerson also finds the time to serve on numerous task forces and boards, including the OLLI - UGA Special Interest Group, all of which seek to promote health, well-being, and a sense of community among older adults.

We thank Dr. Emerson not only for her amazing service and outreach work, but for her impactful mentorship in gerontology, all of which have created a community more aware of the challenges that older adults face and more deeply committed to creating safe and positive spaces for people to grow old in.

Georgia Department of Human Services
04/20/2020
Georgia Department of Human Services

Georgia Department of Human Services

It is Careers in Aging Week! While people are living longer and populations are aging, the demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing rapidly. Read an open letter from the Division of Aging Services Director Abby Cox, as she encourages Georgians to look into careers in aging. http://ow.ly/6V6D50zj3I9

04/16/2020
2020 SEOTY Awards

We are so proud to announce that our MPH (Gerontology) Double Dawgs student Madeline Eason was recently recognized as one of UGAโ€™s Top 100 Student Employees of the Year by the UGA Career Center. Competition for this award is tough, with ~5,000 student employees at UGA. But all of us at the IoG agree that Maddie is truly exceptional! Congratulations!
UGA Career Center

2020 University of Georgia Student Employee of the Year Awards video

So proud of our community partners who every single day make a difference in the lives of older adults.  #NoSeniorLeftBe...
04/08/2020
Athens nonprofit dedicated to providing meals to seniors

So proud of our community partners who every single day make a difference in the lives of older adults. #NoSeniorLeftBehind

Masks on the face and gloves on the hands are a common sight among grocery shoppers. Stores have limited the number of shoppers at one time. And just yesterday, the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended avoiding grocery stores over the next two weeks.

Dr. Emerson spoke with Fox 5 news yesterday to urge community members to reach out to older adults and to engage them so...
04/03/2020
Older adults could suffer from extreme loneliness while social distancing

Dr. Emerson spoke with Fox 5 news yesterday to urge community members to reach out to older adults and to engage them socially (while still keeping a physical distance!). For some excellent sources on staying connected, visit: https://www.engagementactivities.com/
#StayConnected #UGAPublicHealth #Covid19Hackathon

Social distancing is necessary to slow the spread of corona virus, but there are consequences of alienating older adults.

We are so proud of our MSW/MPH student Kim Wolf who created a website to help older adults (and others) stay socially co...
04/02/2020
Older Adult Activities to Stay Connected

We are so proud of our MSW/MPH student Kim Wolf who created a website to help older adults (and others) stay socially connected and engaged while staying at home. Check out her wonderful list of resources. #Covid19Hackathon #UGAPublicHealth #StayConnected https://www.engagementactivities.com/

Activities for older adults to stay socially connected and engaged during COVID-19.

03/30/2020
Corona Virus Online Survey Software | Qualtrics Survey Solutions

Are you aged 60 or older and practicing social distancing during this Coronavirus pandemic? Please answer a 5-10 minute online research survey by University of Georgia researcher Dr. Kerstin Emerson to help understand how social distancing is impacting persons in our community. Participation is completely voluntary.
If you are interested, please click on the link below for the research survey and additional information.

Please share the survey with anyone you know aged 60 and older who may be willing to complete the survey. The link is: https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Req81ddvnuIUlf

If you have any questions, please contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Kerstin Emerson, [email protected]

We very much appreciate your time!

Qualtrics sophisticated online survey software solutions make creating online surveys easy. Learn more about Research Suite and get a free account today.

Dr. Emerson is quoted in the story below, urging the public to remember the importance of social interaction for older a...
03/26/2020
Social distancing can save seniorsโ€™ lives but deepen their loneliness

Dr. Emerson is quoted in the story below, urging the public to remember the importance of social interaction for older adults while also practicing social distancing during the pandemic.

Social distancing is a vital tool to help seniors avoid COVID-19. But it may be exacerbating a longtime problem for older people: social isolation, which can lead to loneliness.

03/22/2020
Yorktown Manor

Creativity and fun during social distancing!

Today at Yorktown Manor. A little excitement to break up the monotony#residentsfirst

CNN
03/22/2020
CNN

CNN

When a 95-year-old's birthday party was canceled because of the coronavirus, her family embraced social distancing to wish her happy birthday.

Heartwarming video shows family members lined up outside Kathleen Byrne's front yard as they sing her happy birthday -- all from a safe distance. "We had to keep our distance but we couldn't not see our best girl on her birthday!!!" her granddaughter said.

Additional stores are creating hours reserved for older adult shoppers:
03/21/2020

Additional stores are creating hours reserved for older adult shoppers:

Georgia Department of Public Health
03/20/2020

Georgia Department of Public Health

Older adults, especially those with existing medical conditions are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. Take these steps reduce the risk of getting sick. bit.ly/396woZi #COVID19GA

This program may be of benefit to residents of Watkinsville, and is a great example of a telephone check-in program.
03/19/2020

This program may be of benefit to residents of Watkinsville, and is a great example of a telephone check-in program.

๐™’๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™š ๐˜ผ๐™ง๐™š ๐™”๐™ค๐™ช ๐™Š๐™ ๐™–๐™ฎ?
(๐™๐™๐™Š๐™†) ๐™‹๐™ง๐™ค๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™ข

Do you have someone you would like checked on daily? Or maybe you would like to be check on daily. If so then this program is for you.

๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ž๐—˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—›๐—”๐—ฅ๐—˜ for those who could benefit from this
๐…๐‘๐„๐„ ๐’๐„๐‘๐•๐ˆ๐‚๐„. ๐™Ž๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™™ - ๐™‡๐™ž๐™ ๐™š ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™‹๐™–๐™œ๐™š

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐‘๐”๐Ž๐Š?
Are You Okay? (RUOK) is a telephone reassurance program that contacts subscribers once each day. Itโ€™s a totally ๐…๐‘๐„๐„ ๐’๐„๐‘๐•๐ˆ๐‚๐„ offered to Watkinsville residents. There is no cost at all to any subscriber.

๐ˆ๐ฌ ๐‘๐”๐Ž๐Š ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž?
Do you live in the City of Watkinsville? If you are a senior citizen, if you are disabled, or you feel you would benefit from daily contact with the Watkinsville Police, then RUOK is for you.

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค?
When enrolling in the program we will set up a short interview with you. During this interview, we will gather some important information, including contact information for your family, friends, neighbors, physicians and/or clergy.

Then we will call you once each day. When you answer we will have brief conversation with you to verify your status. If the we donโ€™t receive an answer, we will call back a short time later.

If we get no answer on the second attempt, we will then have an officer dispatched to your residence to check on you. If you do not answer, then weโ€™ll attempt contact with your emergency point of contact, and if needed, we will enter your residence to check on you.

๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐‘๐”๐Ž๐Š?
The program is designed to help us stay in touch with our seniors, disabled citizens, or others at risk and/or who may live alone. Many adult children of seniors already telephone their parents daily to check on their well being. This program does the same thing, as an added reassurance.

๐–๐ก๐จ ๐๐ž๐œ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ ๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐?
When you complete the form for the program, you will decide when you will be called.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ˆ ๐ ๐จ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐จ๐ง ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง?
No problem. Just call us at 706-769-5161 before you leave with the dates you will be gone. We will not call again until you return.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ˆ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š ๐๐จ๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซโ€™๐ฌ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ?
Thatโ€™s okay. Just give us a call 706-769-5161, so we can know not to call on that particular day.

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐จ ๐ˆ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐?
To join the program, please fill out and return the form below:

https://www.cityofwatkinsville.com/DocumentCenter/View/766/RUOK-Program_form-and-waiver-ONLY

City of Watkinsville #RUOK #WatkinsvillePD #WatkinsvilleGA

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Hudson Hall | 102 Spear Rd
Athens, GA
30602

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The Institute of Gerontology has 3 major foci: 1. Teaching (we offer an MPH in Gerontology as well as a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology) 2. Research 3. Professional and community outreach

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Is there a list of alumni? Someone asked me about research and I though of one of Lennie Poon's former students, Carrie Anne Noble.
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