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The E-Newsletter of the Geriatric Social Work Initiative (GSWI)
Volume 7 Issue 6

August 18, 2008

Welcome to Ripples, an e-newsletter designed to keep interested deans and directors, faculty members, students, practitioners and others informed about the work of the Geriatric Social Work Initiative (GSWI). We welcome your feedback and encourage you to contribute any story ideas, stories, resources, news and other content to subsequent issues of the newsletter. To make a contribution, please contact Katherine Carter, Program Coordinator at If you have been forwarded this newsletter by a colleague and would like to subscribe, please reply to this e-mail and type the word “subscribe” in the subject line. Please be sure to visit our website at

In this Issue…
Research & News
Funding Opportunities



Congratulations to the following…

  • New Hartford Pre-Dissertation Awardees, Cohort IV—click here.
  • Daniel Rosen, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work and Hartford Faculty Scholar (Cohort V), was awarded a K 08 Career award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institute of Health.
  • Philip Rosario, Hartford Faculty Scholar (Cohort IV), for being awarded tenure and being promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Adelphi University. 
  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Essex, Hartford Faculty Scholar (Cohort III), has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at the Department of Social Work, College of Health Professions at Governors State University.
  • Sara Sanders who will be awarded the AGE-SW Faculty Achievement Award in November 2008
  • Jan Greenberg who will be receiving the AGE-SW Career Achievement Award this November at the GSA conference
  • Elizabeth Bertera who will be awarded the AGE-SW Leadership Award this fall


YouTube™ Social Work Contest
In celebration of the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Initiative’s 10th Anniversary, AGE-SW and the John A. Hartford Foundation are sponsoring a special YouTube™ contest. All BSW, MSW and Social Work PhD level students are encouraged to submit a video on the theme “This is Social Work and Aging” for a chance to win $1,000 and paid travel expenses to the 2008 Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in National Harbor, MD (just  outside of Washington, DC), as well as other prizes. Winning entries will be screened at the 2008 GSA Conference, November 21-25. For official contest rules and instructions, click here.

Call for Papers: Empirical Research on Family Support and Family Caregiving Across Disability Conditions
The Journal of Family Social Work announces a Call for Papers for a Special Issue on “Empirical Research on Family Support and Family Caregiving Across Disability Conditions” co-edited by Professors George Singer & David Biegel. This Special Issue will be published in the Winter of 2009. Manuscripts must be submitted by November 15, 2008 and should be up to 35 pages, doubled spaced, using APA style.  Please submit manuscripts to George Singer ( or David Biegel (

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 61st Annual Scientific Meeting
GSA will be hosting its 61st Annual Scientific Meeting, November 21-25 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland (just outside of Washington, DC). The theme of this year’s conference is: Resilience in an Aging Society: Risks and Opportunities. To learn more about the conference, click here.

NIH Summit: The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities
Join the NIH Institutes, Centers, Offices, and their many partners engaged in research on minority health and health disparities for a Summit to highlight the research progress on health issues among racial/ethnic minority and medically underserved populations.  The Summit will be held December 16-18, 2008 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. For more information, click here.

AGHE Partners with Indian Gerontology Conference
GSA's educational unit, The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), is partnering with India's Gerontology International Synthesis Conference 2009 which will be held at Andhra University in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh State. The theme of the event will be "Youth is a gift, age is an art" and AGHE President Marilyn Gugliucci, PhD, will be a special guest speaker. The meeting will take place from March 12-14, 2009 and the deadline for abstract submissions is November 1, 2008.


GSA Announces New Hartford Program Staff Members
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is pleased to share that the Hartford Program has two new staff members.  Sara Halperin is the new Administrative Assistant for the program and was previously serving as the GSA receptionist prior to joining the Hartford team. She has a BA in International Relations and an interest in social work (her mother is a retired clinical social worker).  Sara brings a variety of technical skills including expertise in web design and database management.

Katherine Carter will be joining the Hartford team in late August as the new Program Coordinator.  Katherine is completing her BSW at the University of the District of Columbia.  She has been employed by the National Rehabilitation Hospital of Washington, DC since 2001 working in a variety of capacities including Office Coordinator, Outpatient Scheduler, and Assistant Case Manager.

Welcome Sara and Katherine!




Geriatric social workers: In demand
Social workers and counselors are among some of the nation's most in-demand professionals, according to findings in the Jobfox Top 25 Most Wanted U.S. Job Candidates: June 2008 rankings.  The demand is tied to the increasingly difficult economic times, higher fuel and food prices, and the impact these factors have on individual stress levels and the demand for services.  To read more, click here.

Innovative Research on Alternative Medicines
According to a national consumer survey conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and AARP, almost two-thirds of people age 50 or older are using some form of complementary and alternative medicine, such as herbal supplements, meditation, naturopathy, and acupuncture. Recently, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing has been doing a lot of innovative research to advance Complementary and Alternative Medicine. To learn more, click here.

AARP finds Older Americans have limited access to home and community-based services under Medicaid
A new report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute finds promising signs but also mixed results among state attempts to balance long-term care (LTC) options under Medicaid. Only four states spent more than 50 percent of their Medicaid LTC dollars for older people providing home and community based services (HCBS). The remainder of the states continued to spend the majority of their Medicaid LTC dollars for older people on institutional care.  The report titled A Balancing Act: State Long-Term Care Reform is the first to examine Medicaid spending on long-term care for older people and adults with physical disabilities, separate from other LTC users.



Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Scholarship & Fellowship Programs
The American Academy of Nursing, with support from the John A. Hartford Foundation of New York City and the Atlantic Philanthropies, seeks applicants for the following Scholarship and Fellowship Programs:

  • The Predoctoral Scholarship program is designed to support 2 years of doctoral work for nurses committed to careers in academic geriatric nursing. The program awards a total of $100,000 ($50,000 per annum) to each selected Predoctoral Scholar candidate. 
  • The Claire M. Fagin Fellowship provides $120,000 for the 2-year fellowship ($60,000 per annum) for advanced research training and mentorship designed to assist doctorally-prepared nurses committed to faculty careers in geriatric nursing.
  • The Mayday Fund provides an additional $5,000 award to selected scholar and fellow candidates whose research includes the study of pain in the elderly.

Details about the programs and application materials can be found on the BAGNC web site: Applications for the 2009-2011 cohort are due January 14, 2009.  Please feel free to contact Pamela Dudzik at 202-777-1171 if additional information is needed.

FCA Grants Aimed at Alzheimer's Caregivers
The Family Caregiver Alliance is inviting applications from nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and universities for the first annual Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards. Three grants of $20,000 each will be given to recognize unique programs that address the needs of Alzheimer's caregivers. One award will be awarded in each of three categories: creative expression, diverse/multicultural communities, and policy and advocacy. The deadline for applications is August 15, 2008. Winners will be announced in November. For applications, go to



US Social Security Administration releases report on income of people 55 and older

In July 2008, the US Social Security Administration, Office of Policy Report has released a report titled "Income of the Population 55 or Older, 2004 (Expanded Edition)."  It provides a broad income picture of a cross section of the population aged 55 or older, with special emphasis on income of the population aged 65 or older. The report is available in .pdf and Excel formats, with data tables in HTML, .pdf and Excel. To access the report, click here.

Report on serious psychological distress among adults is released
The US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released a report titled "Serious Psychological Distress Among Adults Aged 50 or Older: 2005 & 2006." Highlights from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health include the annual average (7%) of adults aged 50 or older who experienced serious psychological distress, and the percentage (40.1%) of individuals who did not receive treatment and did not perceive a need for it. Click here to view the report.

Volunteering in America: State Trends and Rankings
The Corporation for National and Community Service has published “Volunteering in America: 2008 State and City Trends and Rankings.” The Corporation has again partnered in producing this comprehensive report with the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2008 report updates and unifies information previously published in separate state and city reports, and greatly expands local information, presenting data from 162 of our nation's large and mid-size cities.  To access the report, click here.




Senators push Congress to pass the Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act

Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Pete Domenici (R-NM) have urged Congress to pass the Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act.  The Act would provide funding to all 50 states to help create a nationwide infrastructure of background checks in the long-term care field.  Over a three-year period, a background check pilot program prevented more than 9,500 convicted criminals and persons with a history of abuse from gaining employment in the long-term care sector. To learn more about this legislation, click here.

Senate Committee on Aging holds hearing on rural elders’ access to health services
The Senate Special Committee on Aging heard testimony on July 31, 2008 regarding Aging in Rural America: Preserving Seniors' Access to Health Care.  Access to healthcare and support services remains a challenge in rural areas.  The recent and dramatic increases in fuel and food prices have contributed to an increasingly overburdened aging service provider system.  The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) has called for emergency funding for Older Americans Act programs so that they can continue to offer home delivered meals and in-home care services during these trying economic times.  To read testimony from the hearing, click here.


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