Past News & Events

December 2006 News

2006 Student Mentoring Conference Monograph
December 6, 2006

The monograph based on the proceedings of the 17th Annual Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology and Geriatrics, held in Lexington, KY, is now available in our online publications section. Students and others who participated in the conference should receive a bound copy.  Please contact us if you have not received a copy. The student editor this year was our own Dawn Hayes, who did an outstanding job.

Be A Santa To A Senior! 
December 6, 2006

Our gerontology students and faculty are again participating in the community-wide service program, “Be a Santa to a Senior,” which is organized by Home Instead Senior Care and the Athens Community Council on Aging.   We are collecting any (new) items that would make nice gifts for older adults who have been identified by local non-profit organizations.  (See list for suggestions.)  We have collection boxes in many buildings on campus – look for one near you – or you can drop off any items at the Institute.  Gifts should be unwrapped and there will be a wrapping party on Dec. 6th, which is also the deadline for turning in gifts.  You can contact our office for more information.

November 2006 News

UGA Institute of Gerontology Seed Grant Symposium
November 9, 2006

November 10, 9:30 AM to 2 PM, Institute of Gerontology.  The faculty and students who received seed grants from the Institute of Gerontology in 2006 will be giving short presentations about their projects and findings.  Box lunches will be ordered so please RSVP to or by calling (706) 425-3222.  Please come join us – the projects cover an array of topics, with faculty and students from Psychology, Adult Education, Kinesiology, CFD, and the College of Public Health represented.

The White Conference on Aging
November 9, 2006

The White House Conference on Aging has released their final report. It is available free for download here.

On May 15, 2006, about 150 gerontologists and service providers for older Georgians came together
to exchange information that can continue the momentum of the primary resolutions set by the 2005
White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA). WHCoA resolutions are priorities set by people from
all corners of the United States to address much needed issues that are pertinent to maintain and improve
the quality of life of all older Americans.

The organizers have summarized the information for dissemination through this report, now available for free download. Our intent was to share the information with all who could improve the quality of life of older Georgians.

18th Annual Student Mentoring Conference on Gerontology and Geriatrics
November 9, 2006

The 18th Annual Student Mentoring Conference on Gerontology and Geriatrics will tentatively be held in March or April 2007 in Atlanta, GA.  Plans are currently underway for the event and a call for abstracts will be coming out soon, so mark these dates on your calendar and watch for more details!

2007 Spring Semester Gerontology Courses
November 9, 2006

Several Gerontology courses will be offered this spring semester – see the full listing here.

Congratulations Dawn Hayes
November 9, 2006

Graduate student Dawn Hayes, who recently completed her Gerontology Certificate, received the Clinical Medicine Person-in-Training Award from the Gerontological Society of America.  Her poster abstract for the meeting was also entered into this award category.  She made the first cut and then had to submit a manuscript.  It will be announced at the Clinical Medicine Section Business Meeting on Saturday, November 18th.  The title of the project is "Reliability for a simple portable test of lower extremity muscular strength in older adult women."

Thanks To All For Your Support of Our Team For The Alzheimer's Memory Walk
November 9, 2006

It was a beautiful day to walk at Sandy Creek Park on Saturday, and our team, the “G(erontology) Dawgs,”  had a great time and a successful effort!   We had over 20 walkers and raised over $2,000 after all donations were counted.  Visit our team page for more information.  You can also see pictures from the walk here.

October 2006 News

2nd Film Screening Presented by the Institute of Gerontology
October 18, 2006

The Institute of Gerontology invites you to a preview screening of "A Conversation with Dr. Mary Starke Harper: A Legacy of Service" on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 7:00 PM at the Institute of Gerontology, 255 East Hancock Avenue, Athens, GA. This film is the second in a series of documentary films examining the human experience of aging through the eyes and voices of elder individuals who have lived full and interesting lives. Mary Harper's mission was to serve the under served and to create a pathway for minorities to enter the health professions. Mary Harper served four presidents in her staff position at the National Institute of Mental Health. Under President Clinton, she was charged with the task of heading the mental health initiative to reform the national mental health system- in a profession of all men. Click here to see the event flyer.

September 2006 News

Alzheimer's Association - Athens Memory Walk
September 20 , 2006

On November 4, 2006, UGA gerontology students and faculty will be participating as a team in the Athens Memory Walk. Please note this date on your calendar and plan to join us

Film Screening Presented by the Institute of Gerontology
September 14, 2006

The Institute of Gerontology invites you to a preview screening of "Sam and Sally ” on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at 7:00 PM at the Institute of Gerontology, 255 East Hancock Avenue, Athens, GA. "Sam and Sally” is the first in a series of documentary films examining the Experience of Aging through the eyes and voices of elder individuals who have lived full and interesting lives. Click here to see the event flyer.

August 2006 News

Upcoming College of Public Health Seminar
August 24, 2006

Please mark your calendars for a presentation by Dr. Joel Zive on September 15, 2006 at 11:00 AM in the Coverdell Center.  Dr. Zive will be speaking about his work in the HIV/AIDS area.

Dr. Joel Zive is an alumnus of The University of Georgia.  He was recently featured in UGA’s Georgia Magazine.  Dr. Zive is a pharmacist by trade who runs a family owned pharmacy in New York.  Zive Pharmacy has a high success rate in supporting HIV-positive patients; 80 to 90 percent of them order monthly refills, indicating that they are sticking with the demanding regimen. The pharmacy has an HIV-positive employee whose responsibility is phoning patients to remind them to refill medications.  In addition, Dr. Zive founded Prescription for Hope, a nonprofit organization that creates pharmacies to support HIV-positive patients in developing countries, mainly Africa. 

Upcoming College of Public Health Seminar
Emergency Preparedness Essentials for Public Health: Case Studies from the Field

(The College of Public Health will sponsor seminars throughout the year.)
August 24, 2006

Details: September 8, 2006, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
S175 Paul D. Coverdell Center
Reception 9:30 AM

Susan Waltman, Esq. helped orchestrate New Yorks emergency medical response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the Anthrax crisis, the 2003 Blackout, and planned the response for a Y2K Emergency and a SARS outbreak.

She is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), which represents the interests of over 250 not-for-profit hospitals and continuing care facilities, both voluntary and public, concentrated in the New York City metropolitan area but located throughout New York State, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.  Ms. Waltman is responsible for all legal, regulatory, and professional affairs matters involving GNYHA and its affiliated corporations.  In addition, she is responsible for overseeing GNYHAs emergency preparedness and response activities on behalf of its members.  Ms. Waltman has taught health law courses at New York University School of Law and Brooklyn Law School.  Prior to joining GNYHA in January, 1987, Ms. Waltman had been General Counsel at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and had worked at the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker, Biddle and Reath.  Ms. Waltman earned her J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law and holds A.B. and M.S.W. degrees from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Doug Bechtel Seen as Invaluable Asset
August 16, 2006

Dr. Doug Bechtel, UGA Gerontology faculty and Housing and Consumer Economics Professor, is profiled in this article from the Athens Banner-Herald. Congratulations Dr. Bechtel!

June 2006 News

Dr. Anne Glass on the Radio
June 21, 2006

Dr. Anne Glass, Assistant Director of the Institute, was a guest on a national public radio show, On Point, on May 31.  The topic was “The New Nursing Home,” and focused on the work of Bill Thomas, developer of the Eden Alternative and the Green House Project.   The audio from the show can be streamed here.

May 2006 News

Article Publication Announcement
May 24, 2006

Dr. Leonard Poon, Institute Director, has co-authored an article, "Influence of Personality and Health Behaviors on Fatigue in Late and Very Late Life," that is published in the current issue of Journals of Gerontology (Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences). You can read the abstract here (though you must be a subscriber to read the full text).

Creative Research Award
May 24, 2006

The Institute of Gerontology congratulates Dr. Gail M. Williamson (Gerontology and Psychology) for being awarded the William W. Owens Award for research in the social and behavioral sciences. Dr. Williamson is a health psychologist who was among the first to document the interconnected challenges confronted by the elderly and their caregivers, as well as determining factors that contribute to neglectful and abusive care.

Dr. Elaine Cress In The News
May 24, 2006

Gerontology faculty member Dr. Elaine Cress' Exercise and Aging class is in the news.

New Book on Exercise & Cognitive Functioning
May 23, 2006

Dr. Leonard Poon, Institute Director, has co-edited a new book that presents findings related to exercise and cognitive functioning of older adults. "Active Living, Cognitive Functioning, and Aging is the first volume in Human Kinetics’ Aging, Exercise, and Cognition, series...The book’s review of research on pertinent issues in measurement and physiological mechanisms will update your knowledge while challenging your current thinking."

White House Conference on Aging
May 16, 2006

The 2006 conference, "Continuing the Momentum of the White House Conference on Aging: Developing an Academic-Practice Partnership," was a great success. Pictures from the event can be viewed here.

April 2006 News

Student Mentoring Conference Pictures
April 21, 2006

The 17th Annual Southeastern Regional Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology and Geriatrics took place in Lexington, KY on April 7-9, 2006 and was a great success! The pictures from the event are available here.


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