The Southern Gerontologist

Vol. XXVII, No. 3, Spring 2016

President’s Corner--Our 37th Annual Meeting: What a Success!

Wow! After many months of planning (pretty much since our 36th Annual Meeting concluded in Williamsburg, VA), we held a very successful 37th Annual Meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia March 31st-April 3rd.

The theme for our 37th Annual Conference was Transforming the Landscape of Caregiving: From Research to Practice. Our Program Committee (led by Denise Scruggs and Leland Waters) did an amazing job in organizing more than 80 presentations over the course of 2 full days and 2 half days. We hosted key panelists and presenters from AARP, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, National Alliance on Caregiving, University of Virginia, University of Georgia, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Time Slips). We celebrated our GRITS distinguished honorees and our Awards Ceremony recipients.

A total of 204 conference attendees enjoyed networking, skillful presentations and workshops, committee work, and amazing food! In fact, we gave out more than 200 bags of Virginia peanuts and North Carolina grits! It was an honor to welcome 25 Area Agency on Aging (AAA) staff from around the Commonwealth of Virginia who represented 18 different AAAs. These attendees were able to join us thanks to a grant awarded to SGS (via UVA School of Nursing) from the Commonwealth of Virginia's Geriatric Training Education initiative administered by the Virginia Center on Aging. Of our 204 attendees, 43 were students, over 60 people were first time attendees, and 12 were former SGS Presidents.

Our Local Arrangements Committee (led by Ishan Williams and Ellen Phipps) planned an array of conference events which showcased both the Boar’s Head Inn and Charlottesville, including dine-arounds and special entertainment that featured the UVA Barbershop Choir, Palette intergenerational arts group, a therapeutic drum circle and African dancing. We raised more than $2,500 through our Silent Auction with all proceeds supporting our SGS Student Support Scholarship Fund.

Better than a third of our attendees completed the post-conference survey and the feedback was extremely helpful and positive! We use this feedback to improve our annual meeting each year. I would personally like to thank all of you who commented during and after the conference what a good experience you had and how well organized all components were. That is something our Program Committee, Local Arrangements Committee, Board members, and most especially our Wonderful Administrator Lee Ann Ferguson can take great pride in! Please begin to think now about an abstract submission or two you might submit for our 2017 conference in Asheville. Most importantly, please support our new President, Turner Goins and the SGS Board and Committees as they move forward with planning for the 2017 Annual Meeting and other exciting work for SGS. We need and want all SGS members engaged!


Christine J. (Christy) Jensen, PhD

Greetings! - SGS Association Manager News Updates

What a wonderful year this has already been for the Southern Gerontological Society. There is much to be celebrated! However, before I tell you all about the wonderful accomplishments and progress we have made since our last newsletter, let me take just a moment to say thank you to our outgoing Board of Directors.

It has been an absolutely delightful experience working with SGS President, Dr. Christine Jensen. Dr. Jensen is an exceptional professional with a work ethic that consistently kept everyone working hard to make this a successful year. Thank you, Dr. Jensen, for being such a strong ambassador for SGS. Dr. Ishan Williams, SGS Treasurer for the past 2 years, will also be passing the torch on to our Treasurer-Elect, Dr. Chris Kelly. I will admit, quite honestly, that working to update all of SGS’s accounting practices has been quite the task BUT, with Dr. Williams’ constant help, guidance, and support, we have accomplished the task! I am so thankful for her partnership. Our Secretary, Dr. Rosalie Otters, will also be turning her duties over to incoming secretary, Dr. Pamela Pitman Brown. Dr. Otters has been so diligent with her minutes of our MANY meetings. Thank you for your service, Dr. Otters!

And lastly, I’d like to express my sincerest thanks to the outgoing Members-at-Large who have served the board for their most recent two-year term. These dedicated individuals are as follows: Dr. Jennifer Craft Morgan, who will now be our President-Elect, Dr. Pamela Pitman Brown, now our SGS Secretary, Dr. Priscilla Pittman, and Patrice Blanchard. It would be remiss of me not to recognize the many efforts of all of our committees this year. Thank you to all committee chairpersons and committee members. SGS could NOT progress on its many projects and initiatives without your help.

We welcome every member of SGS to consider serving the organization in whatever capacity they feel would suit their strengths! We are currently seeking leadership for committee chairpersons, committee members, and also need a dedicated person to serve as the next Treasurer-Elect. If you have any questions or interest about these opportunities, please do not hesitate to connect with me!

Now, onto the good news! On June 13th, 2016, the SGS Board of Directors met for a special board meeting session. During this session, our 2015-2016 fiscal performance was reviewed and the 2016-2017 budget was passed. SGS continues to be in excellent financial health. The Board of Directors also approved a recommendation from the Bylaws Committee to address some of the outdated language in our Policy & Procedure Manual and Bylaws. The recommended changes in the Bylaws will require a majority vote by the SGS Membership. ALL SGS members will be receiving an electronic ballot by email. We will be sure to give you all ample time to review the ballot and to submit your vote. Please help us by making certain we have your correct email information on file AND that you are subscribed to receive our Constant Contact emails.

In other exceptional news, our Journal of Applied Gerontology has just received a review and the impact factor has gone up to the highest (1.258) in the history of the journal! If you haven’t already received the update, the Journal of Applied Gerontology is now a MONTHLY publication! In the very last months of 2015, SGS and Sage Publications successfully renewed their partnership and contract. We look forward to co-hosting yet another fantastic Sage/SGS/JAG reception at the Gerontological Society of America’s November conference in New Orleans.

And lastly – I have to thank ALL of you who came to our 37th Annual Meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia at the Boar’s Head Resort. It was wonderful to share time with you, and I hope you had as much fun and experienced as much professional invigoration as I did! We are getting excited about the launch of the details for our 38th Annual Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina (April 6-9, 2017) and hope you will submit your work for consideration when we post the Call for Abstracts. The Call for Abstracts will open on September 1st , 2016!

It has been, and continues to be a joy to be a part of this wonderful organization. May we all enjoy a safe, prosperous, healthy, and happy 2016!


Lee Ann S. Ferguson

SGS Association Manager

SGS Seeks Student Interns.

Internship Description

Southern Gerontological Society (SGS) is looking for qualified interns to join our association management team for either the Fall of 2016 or Spring of 2017. SGS is a network of the South's most respected gerontology professionals. Southern Gerontological Society members are educators, aging network personnel, researchers, health professionals, students, and policy makers. SGS provides the bridge between research and practice, translating and applying knowledge in the field of aging.

The selected intern will work to help maintain daily SGS functions such as member communication, membership retention and recruitment, and work with social media campaigns. The intern will also be tasked with work related directly to the coordination of SGS’s annual meeting program development, communication with program committee chairpersons, and the development of the program schedule and program marketing materials.

This intern should be prepared to work in a multi-tasking, independent environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of gerontology and non-profit management. This is an unpaid internship. The intern will be provided assistance with travel to the annual meeting based on current SGS reimbursement rates (and time of year in which the internship is completed). Hours of the internship are flexible and this internship will be managed through weekly virtual meetings, emails, and phone calls. Travel to the office of SGS is not necessary.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with communication to members of SGS through social media marketing campaigns.

  • Assist with organization and execution of the SGS Annual Program to be held April 6 to April 9, 2017 in Asheville, North Carolina or other upcoming meetings.

  • Assist with the preparation and delivery of conference materials, including call for presentation, pre-conference brochure, conference program, and website promotional content.

  • Assist in the creation of signage, circulars, mock ups, e-mail campaigns, online promotion, etc.

  • Assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials.

  • Enter membership, registration, exhibitor, and sponsorship information into contact management systems.

  • Offer support in direct communication with the vast multi-state network of Southern Gerontological Society members to promote conference attendance, and membership recruitment and retention.

  • Research and communicate with potential conference sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers.

  • Work with SGS student representative and representative-elect to coordinate special select student topics sessions to be held at the SGS annual meeting.

  • Work with SGS student representative and representative-elect to coordinate special select student topics sessions to develop “student resources” website content for the website.


Southern Gerontological Society is looking for an undergraduate or graduate student who is focused, preferably, with a focus on Gerontology. This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with extensive knowledge of Web and social media. PowerPoint, Access, Word and Excel experience is a bonus, and will be considered when choosing the best applicant for this internship position. Faculty support of a “remote-site” internship is necessary. Please discuss this option with your internship supervisor before applying to make certain you have their support.

Majors given preference for this internship include:

Concentration in gerontology preferred

Healthcare or Business Administration; non-profit management



To apply for this internship, please submit a internship proposal to include details about personal strengths and goals, and current resume, along with current contact information to:

Lee Ann S. Ferguson, Association Manager

Southern Gerontological Society

PO BOX 160

Taylorsville, NC 28681

Fax: 866-920-4649

For questions, please call 866-920-4660

Proposals/resumes may be sent to us via email at:

So Jung Lee, 2016 SGS Summer Intern

Please help me formally welcome the Summer 2016 SGS intern, Ms. So Jung Lee! So Jung is a very ambitious student and SGS is excited to have her help on membership and developments. So Jung has prepared a brief introduction for you all!

Hello Southern Gerontological Society,

My name is So Jung Lee and I am a Healthcare Management student at New York University. I will soon be graduating in the Fall of 2016. I live in Queens, NY. I enjoy running and exercising in my spare time. As much as there are many benefits being in the healthcare field, I truly want to make a difference in a person's life through healing and supporting his or her health because everyone's life is special! One aspect of work with the Southern Gerontological Society I am looking forward to is connecting with the members of the organization and finding new ideas on how to make an impact towards

the next generation of leaders for the organization! Thank you so much!

Congratulations to So Jung, and to her mother, who took their official oath to become United States Citizens in June 2016!

38th Annual Meeting--April 6-9, 2017

As President of the Southern Gerontological Society, I would like to extend an invitation to you to attend and contribute to our 38th Annual Meeting that will be held April 6–9, 2017. I am excited to announce that Asheville, NC will be our host city for this coming year’s meeting!

Asheville sits in western North Carolina nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is an

eclectic city known for its locally-owned restaurants, historic architecture, vibrant art scene, and roughly 25 micro-breweries. Our annual meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the Biltmore Village district and we look forward to being your host this spring.

Western North Carolina is also home to a growing number of older adults with an interesting mix of those who were born and raised in this region and a large retiree population. In this region, 23% of the population will be aged ≥65 years by 2032 compared to 18% in 2012. This increase will present significant challenges for local agencies in providing needed services and programming. Also, with the predominant rural geography and a diverse aging demographic, this area is faced with a unique set of challenges ranging from engaging those that are still active to caring for those with significant health-related issues. This has resulted in hardworking and resourceful practitioners meeting the needs of this population and a great place to conduct research.

Our Annual Meeting’s theme this year is New Horizons in Aging: Advances in Research and Practice. We encourage those who are examining critical aspects affecting the older adult population through innovative research and those using creative approaches and programming to address the needs of this population to share your work at our meeting.

As you may already know, the Southern Gerontological Society prides itself in being a welcoming and supportive network of students, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and other gerontology professionals. We embrace a diversity of perspectives and want to highlight your work in an effort to promote applied research and effective practice that together expand our understanding of the experiences of older adults and their families. As such, we promise a dynamic and rewarding conference experience! I hope you will join us and share your important work in Asheville.

For additional conferenceinformation and links for abstract submissions, please visit our website at:


R. Turner Goins, PhD, SGS President

Ambassador Jeanette Hyde Distinguished Professor

Western Carolina University

SGS Response to HB2 and our 2017 Annual Meeting in Asheville, NC

The Southern Gerontological Society’s (SGS) leadership calls for the full and immediate repeal of North Carolina’s HB2. SGS is a network of some of the most respected gerontology professionals. SGS members are educators, aging network personnel, researchers, health professionals, and policy makers. SGS provides the bridge between research and practice, translating and applying knowledge in the field of aging. We stand firmly and unequivocally opposed to discrimination in any form.

​SGS is scheduled to host our annual meeting in Asheville, NC in April 2017. Our organizational leadership has decided not to change our meeting location due to the substantial financial penalty SGS would have to incur for the hotel cancellation. Regrettably, with the passage of HB2, North Carolina has created an environment where our members and their families may feel unsafe or unwelcome. Also, some of our membership who are state employees may be restricted, or even prohibited, from non-essential travel to North Carolina until HB2 is repealed. Without the full and equal participation of all our members, our organization is compromised in its ability to engage all of those whom we represent. ​ ​

With the passage of HB2 and the elimination of the LGBTQ+ inclusive amendments to the Older Americans Act, SGS will be dedicated to change to expanding the understanding of the needs of LGBTQ+ people of all ages as part of our 2017 annual meeting. We will be extending a special invitation to members of the LGBTQ+ community and area organizations to attend, present, and participate in our annual meeting in an effort to facilitate collaboration and solidarity within the community of all of those who work on the behalf of older adults.

SGS stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community in North Carolina.

2016 GRITS – Gerontologists Rooted in the South Award Winners

Marking the sixth year for this award, SGS recognized three of our distinguished GRITS -Gerontologists Rooted in the South. E. Douglas Beach, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA); Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, President of the Board of Directors for the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI); and Ed Rosenberg, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Program in Gerontology and Graduate Certificate in Sociology at Appalachian State University were inducted into the SGS Hall of Fame. Please read more about these leaders and their legacies at:

The Hall of Fame seeks to recognize individuals who have made important contributions to SGS and to the field of gerontology through research, teaching, administration, advocacy or applied practice. The Hall of Fame was established to honor past and present members who serve as role models for future generations interested in the advancement of knowledge and practice in the field of aging.

GRITS Nomination Guidelines

The selection committee requests a letter of recommendation [two to four pages] which describes the significant and innovative contributions made by the nominee to the Southern Gerontological Society and field of gerontology. This may reflect one or more areas of service through teaching, administration, research, advocacy, applied practice or leadership positions within SGS or SGS and the larger field. Further information is available on the SGS website.

2016 Annual Meeting Award Recipients

Jennifer Craft Morgan, PhD, from Georgia University received the 2016 Gordon Streib Academic Gerontologist Award. This award is given to an SGS member who has shown excellence and leadership in aging, has a strong record of scholarly publications, and has had significant engagement with students.

The winner of 2016 Applied Gerontologist Award is Ishan Canty Williams, PhD, from the University of Virginia. This award is given to SGS members in the fields of applied gerontology in the South. Award winners have a sustained record of leadership in the field of aging, are recognized in their fields, and generally, have positively impacted the quality of life of older persons through developing innovative programs such as applications of findings/approaches to research, education, management or services delivery.

The 2016 Rhoda Jennings Distinguished Older Advocate Award goes to Richard W. Lindsay, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine at the University of Virginia Health System and founder and former Head of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Virginia Health System. This award is given to recognize an older person whose retirement years have been devoted to community or legislative advocacy.

The Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving received the 2016 Best Practices Award. This award is given to SGS members in the fields of applied gerontology in the South. Award winners have a sustained record of leadership in the field of aging, are recognized in their fields, and generally, have positively impacted the quality of life of older persons through developing innovative programs such as applications of findings/approaches to research, education, management or services delivery.

The winner of the 2016 Media Award is Gail Gibson Hunt, President and CEO of National Alliance for Caregiving. This award honors a contribution, in any medium, that furthers understanding of aging in the region and contributes to the mission of SGS.

The 2016 Virginia Association on Aging Student Research Scholarship Awards go to Venice Mason and Razan Al Fakir. The three winners of the 2016 Southern Gerontological Society Student Scholarship Awards are Christina Barmon, Jennifer Bellingtier, and Alissa Goldstein. These two scholarship awards provide preference to graduate or undergraduate students who demonstrate leadership potential and academic excellence and vision through their research.

The 2016 Student Paper Award goes to Christina Barmon from Georgia State University. The Student Paper Award manuscript will be reviewed for possible publication in the Journal of Applied Gerontology. There are three students receiving the 2016 Student Poster Awards, and they are Jennifer Bellingtier, Lauren Catlett, and Cynthia Southard. This award provides preference to graduate or undergraduate students whose posters demonstrate excellence in Appeal, Content, and poster session Presentation.

Journal of Applied Gerontology receives 5 year impact factor ratings–from Lauren Shroeder, Sage Publications.

The 2015 impact factors have been released and JAG had an extremely good showing! Our 2015 impact factor is 1.258‐ our highest impact factor yet!

Cites in 2015 to items published in: 2014 =53;

Number of items published in: 2014 =46, 2013 =59, 2013 =43; Sum: 112 Sum: 89;

Cites to recent items 112

Calculation= =1.258

Number of recent items 89

Our 5 year impact factor is 1.282.

Cites in 2015 to items published in: 2014 =53;

Number of items published in:2014 =46 2013 =59, 2013 =43, 2012 =54, 2012 =37, 2011 =39, 2011 =41, 2010 =59, 2010 =39, Sum: 264, Sum: 206;

Cites to recent items 264

Calculation: =1.282

Number of recent items 206

JAG is ranked 17/32 in Gerontology journals.

The Journal of Applied Gerontology’s (JAG) August 2016 Issue (Volume 35, Issue 8)

The Southern Gerontologist editors would like to thank Joe Gaugler, PhD, JAG’s Editor-in-

Chief, and Kjerstie Wiltzen, JAG’s managing editor, for their support in providing a vision of upcoming JAG content, bolstering the connection between this scholarship and the SGS


Upcoming in JAG - August 2016: A Focus on How and Where Older Persons Live

Kelly, R., Puurveen, G., & Gill, R. (2016). The Effect of Adult Day Services on Delay to

Institutional Placement.

Portacolone, E., & Halpern, J. (2016). “Move or Suffer:” Is Age-Segregation the New Norm for Older Americans Living Alone?

Castle, N., & Resnick, N. (2016). Service-Enriched Housing: The Staying at Home


Ahn, M., & Lee, S. (2016). Housing Satisfaction of Older (55+) Single Person

Householders in U.S. Rural Communities.

Cummins, P. (2016). Book Review of Morrow-Howell’s & Sherraden’s ‘Financial Capability

and Asset Holding in Later Life: A Life Course Perspective’

Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine (GGM) is an interdisciplinary, peer reviewed open access journal sponsored by the Southern Gerontological Society. The journal publishes original research and reviews that cover a range of topics within the gerontology and geriatrics fields. GGM also welcomes letters to the editor, commentaries, book reviews, case reports, and more. Please make note that, if accepted for publication, active SGS members receive a significant discount on publication fees.

While the Journal of Applied Gerontology (JAG) is the official journal of the Southern

Gerontological Society, we affiliated with GGM to guide authors looking for an alternative

forum for their work. SGS’s sponsorship signifies our confidence in the quality of the peer review process and the strength of the GGM editorial board. This open publication represents a valuable addition to the SAGE prominent family of journals in this area of concentration. You can view GGM’s articles at

We thank Lauren Schroeder for her hard work in getting the journal launched and engaging SGS as the sponsor. Natalie Katz ( is an Open Access specialist and took over as the main GGM contact from SAGE. SGS members, Dana Bradley and Pamela Pitman Brown, are the SGS representatives to the Editorial Board. SGS member James Peacock is also the Board. The journal is edited by Tamara Baker, PhD (University of Kansas), Ronald C. Hamdy, MD (East Tennessee State University), and Ravishankar Jayadevappa, PhD (University of Pennsylvania).

We ask you to encourage colleagues and students to submit to GGM. If you see an interesting poster or presentation at a conference, talk to the authors or presenters about submitting their research. Do the same with your colleagues or students.

We’re pleased to report that GGM has passed stage 1 of review for inclusion in PubMed Central (PMC) and is currently in stage 2, the technical evaluation. Pending passing stage 2, the journal will be indexed in PMC. GGM has also been accepted into the Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE) and the Database of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

In the next few months, GGM will be publishing a special section on the Population Study of Chinese Elderly in Chicago (PINE), guest edited by Dr. Xinqi Dong and Dr. Melissa Simon, which assesses a wide array of psychological and social attributes and how they affect this population. This special section of the PINE study is a follow-up to the Journal of Aging and Health issue that was published in October 2014, which included a population-based epidemiological study looking at 3,159 community-dwelling Chinese older adults aged 60 and older in the greater Chicago area.

To date, GGM’s most read article is Griffin, et al.’s “Effectiveness of Caregiver Interventions on Patient Outcomes in Adults with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease: A Systematic Review,” which can be read for free here:

Southern Gerontologist

Past editions of the Southern Gerontologist are available on the website and are distributed to the membership via email. The Publications Committee is looking for ways to tighten the bond between the journal (JAG) and the newsletter. We can consider a piece on the most cited articles. Standard content of the newsletter includes: a President’s Column; information about the Annual Meeting; upcoming articles in JAG; member news; a welcome to new members and membership info; a calendar to include upcoming conferences and programs; officers; and a Student Rep update.

Periodic content includes: highlights from the Council of Presidents, updates from states; featured articles/books/websites; awards and nominations; and obituaries. The newsletter editors would appreciate contributions from the Board related to the latter items.

Contact the editors of the Southern Gerontologist to share news or article ideas

or provide feedback. Member news and events are welcomed.

Chih-Ling Liou, Ph.D, email: Office: 330-244- 3551

Kelly Munly, Ph.D, email: Office: 301-379- 2891

Sherry Lind, MGS, email: Office: 513-484-3829

Past editions of JAG can be accessed by SGS members through the Sage website. The Southern Gerontologist can be found on the Southern Gerontological Society’s website in the members’ area.

By-laws Committee

The SGS Bylaws Committee is charged with soliciting, developing, and presenting to the Board of Directors proposed changes to the Society’s bylaws (and, as necessary, the Policy & Procedures Manual).

Any SGS member is entitled to propose Bylaws changes. If you wish to do so, please send the proposed change, with your rationale, to Bylaws Committee chair Dr. Ed Rosenberg, Department of Sociology, Chapell Wilson Hall, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608, or email it to

2016 SOGE Membership news

On May 7, 2016, SGS Student member Heather Altman graduated from the Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Altman’s dissertation was on “Assessing the ‘Livability’ of Cities & Towns in Central North Carolina for Older Adults: Implementing the ‘TJCOG Livability Self-Assessment’ Pilot Study.” She continues to work at Carol Woods Retirement Community as the Director of Community Connections, and serves as the Project Manager for the Global Aging & Technology Collaborative.


Ishan Williams, Ph.D, received the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Human Development and Family Studies Pacesetter Alumni award for her professional excellence, presented to her on April 16, 2016. Each year the departments within the School of Health and Human Sciences honor outstanding alumni for career or civic achievements in scholarship, leadership, or service.


Holley Kelley, M.S., C.P.G., FT, founder of the Latter-Life Planning Institute, gerontologist, Fellow in Thanatology, and author of multiple award-winning, Amazon #1 New Release, Sunrises and Sunsets: Final Affairs Forged with Flair, Finesse, and FUNctionality, will begin hosting her own radio show, Aging GreatFULLy, broadcast worldwide this summer Aging GreatFULLy offers great wisdom and tips for a FULL and dynamic life with a greatFULL approach. Living by the creed, “Life’s an attitude,” Kelley categorically reveals the magnificent gifts of aging, while inspiring audiences to live greatFULLy by showcasing enthralling guests, distinguished experts, and exploring fascinating subjects, Kelley will have you loving the life you’re in—at any age and any stage! From reshaping our personal and cultural aging attitudes, de-mystifying aging propaganda, and imparting authentic sagacity about life and longevity, Kelley uncovers how to boldly embrace each remarkable day. Kelley infuses her show with positive methodologies, offers tactics to overcome some of the adversities aging brings, and promotes healthy attitudes towards aging and living. Kelley’s debut show on July 22, 2016, will feature the world-renown centenarian, Shirley Zussman, who has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Time Magazine, New York Post, Huffington Post, and still practices as sexologist at the age of 101. Shirley will share her secrets to a fulfilling life, aging perspectives, what she’s learned along the way, her concerns for society moving forward, her favorite modern gadget she can’t live without, and so much more! Aging GreatFULLy broadcasts live, worldwide, every Friday at 11am PST/noon MT/1pmCST/2pmEST. To learn more about Holley, the Aging GreatFULLy show, and upcoming guests, and how to access the station, VISIT KELLEY’S WEBSITE, Kelley invites SGS members to share show ideas and propose potential guests as it relates to the overall premise of Aging GreatFULLy. Join her, as she gleans innovative approaches that will nourish the depths of your soul, broaden your mind, and positively impact your life in transformative ways.


Florida Council on Aging Held a recent Networking Event attended by Florida Advocates in Tampa, FL. Margaret Lynn Duggar, FCoA Executive Director, and Austin R. Curry, Executive Director of Elder Care Advocacy, discussed productive efforts in working with the leadership of the 2017 Legislative Session to benefit Florida's over 5,000,000 Elders. FCOA Is Committed to Serving Florida Seniors.


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Aging in Place. It’s In Your Future.


Aging Projects, Inc., is excited to announce the Third Annual "Aging in Place. In Your Future" National Conference, September 22, 2016. The conference will include two national keynote speakers, and six engaging workshops on aging in place. Meet some of our 145+ providers to gather resources, network and learn about local resources to age in place successfully. Free Health screening, free pill drop (for expired, no longer needed medications). Free shred event (for sensitive records, financial records and medical records) to protect your identity. Attend the prestigious national awards presentation, lunch, snacks, a raffle, and so much more. Attend free of charge due to sponsor support. Located in beautiful Flat Rock, NC at Blue Ridge Community Colleges' Technology, Development and Technology Center (TEDC). Easy access on/off I-26. For additional details and registration visit: Look for the travel stamp. Complete details, registration and a printable flier coming July 15, 2016


The Faculty at the University of Florida have written hundreds of consumer publications in the ENAFS (Elder Nutrition and Food Safety) series, most available in English and in Spanish. All of these publications are available for free downloading from the UF/IFAS Extension publications database: You also can do a word search to look for a topic that you don’t see on these ENAFS pages.


SGS Member, Linda Bobroff, Ph.D, and her husband Steve are the proud grandparents of beautiful seven-week old Rachel Gabriella Bobroff, born April 22, 2016 and weighing in at 4 lbs 15 oz. Rachel is now over 7 lbs and a happy and healthy baby, thanks to her fabulous parents, Ben and Ashley Bobroff. The Bobroffs live here in Gainesville, Florida which makes the proud grandparents so happy!


The UNC Charlotte Gerontology Program celebrated its 25th anniversary this spring. The university supported the state roll out its first plan to comprehensively address dementia. Read more about the event here:‐leaders‐roll‐out‐dementia‐plan‐gerontology‐program‐25th‐anniversary‐celebration.

Aging in Arkansas with Rosalie Otters

Aging in Arkansas, short one minute radio public announcements, are now on KUAR.

They are written, produced and hosted by Rosalie Otters, Associate Professor in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) School of Social Work. Dr. Otters is specifically interested in issues of aging in a diverse and changing time.

You may find the announcements at the Aging in Arkansas website link:

WIGL (Women in Gerontology Legacy) PROJECT

Pamela Pitman Brown, Ph.D & Dana Burr Bradley, Ph.D have announced that the WIGL (Women in Gerontology Legacy) Project’s Wave 1 Videos are being uploaded to the WIGL Project YouTube Channel. The WIGL Project emanates from the Gerontological Society of America’s Women’s Committee (formerly Task Force on Women) and focuses on video-graphic documentation and distribution of the contributions and legacies of women to the field of gerontology/geriatrics. Wave 1, which began in the summer of 2014 and ended summer of 2015, collected 53 interviews/questionnaires, of which 47 are videos. The participants were asked: how they became interested in gerontology, their career trajectory as gerontologists, and if they had female mentors who impacted their move into gerontology. Additionally, they were asked what was unique about being a female gerontologist and how being a gerontologist has interacted with their personal aging process. Dr. Brown has worked with the Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) Media Lab at the O’Kelly Library, and has had an intern working with the production team to complete the editing of the videos. Dr. Bradley has a graduate intern who is also working with the team this summer. Several SGS members were interviewed for the project, including Laura Bauer, Gail Sonesso, Jan Wassel, Dena Shenk, and Christy Jensen. Others taking part in the WIGL Project from SGS were students: Karel Kalaw, Colleen Bennett, Sherry Lind, Cassidy Clevenger, and Lauren Campasano. The WIGL Team would like to thank the following persons/organizations who were instrumental in Wave 1:

Southern Gerontological Society

Lee Ann Ferguson (WIGL Logo Creator),

WSSU’s Gerontology Program, C.G. O’Kelly Library, Media Production Lab, and Department of Behavioral Studies

Western Kentucky University’s Center for Gerontology

The Mentoring Effect Small Grants (Gerontological Society of America)

The Gerontological Society of America’s Committee on Women’s Issues

Georgia Southern University’s Center for Social Gerontology, Dr. Adrienne L. Cohen


Link to the WIGL Channel YouTube is

Contact: Pamela Pitman Brown, PhD, CPG

Tel.: 336-337-8274


Disrupting the ‘Old’ Argument - VCU Gerontology is working to end ageism in Richmond and beyond

Catherine MacDonald

Network Integration and Outreach

Greater Richmond Age Wave & No Wrong Door

Senior Connections, The Capital Area on Aging

When most academic departments at VCU celebrate a 40th anniversary, they don’t promise a Day of Disruption to take over an entire neighborhood. But VCU Gerontology has a steeper hill to climb than most. We’re working to end ageism in society.

Examples of everyday ageism can be found everywhere in Richmond, whether it’s in the workplace or in the line at the grocery store. A few examples of stigmatizing old age include calling older people “young lady” or saying someone “looks good for their age.” If we’re lucky, we’ll all be older someday. We need to talk about aging not as a problem to be solved, but a process we should embrace. And then there’s simply the numbers: Older adults represent the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. By 2030, the number of people in our region age 65 and over will double and those age 85 and over will more than triple.

So VCU Gerontology brought together the community for a Day of Disruption -- featuring an exhibition of student work at Carytown’s Mott Gallery attended by more than 100. Nationally celebrated gerontologist Dr. Bill Thomas then offered a dynamic performance at the Byrd Theatre to round out the evening. The day’s events served to further the message that VCU Gerontology is a social movement and academic program rolled into one. We’re working to call attention to statements that needlessly stigmatize, change attitudes that affect your loved ones’ and your own health, and call out discrimination that holds communities back. We’ve seen the effects of ageist norms play out in Richmond beyond our own personal experiences. As the discussion in Richmond surrounding Bus Rapid Transit came to a decision point, we saw some attempt to turn the debate into “old” versus “young.” One Twitter user summed up BRT’s supporters’ victory by saying: “Richmond, I'm gonna hold y'all to something, and it's important: No more being tepid on good ideas just because The Grumpy Olds oppose them.”

This Richmonder is probably well-meaning, but this Tweet represents so much of the issue we face in a city often reduced to an “old” versus “new” dynamic when we talk about progress. Older Richmonders face the issues of poverty, food access and health care just like anyone else, which means their opinions on everything from bus routes to baseball stadiums can’t be pigeonholed. Dismissing a group of people by assigning them a “grumpy” label is harmful, yet this kind of language is prolific. When you “other” someone, you’re harming them. Studies show ageism has clear impact on cognitive skills, and ageism itself is contagious. A fear of aging transfers easily to others in through both words and actions.

We’re doing what we can to change the conversation. VCU Gerontology wants to raise the level of discussion about progress in Richmond by eliminating ageism from the conversation and raising issues about aging that are too often ignored. Following the success of the Day of Disruption, the department is taking its message to social media and beyond with the social media hashtag #DisruptAgeism. Engaging in spaces such as Twitter will bring the movement out of the classroom and into the spheres people see ageism constantly. We encourage everyone who wants to combat everyday ageism to join us in using #DisruptAgeism to show the world a new alternative to tired narratives.

Transportation and Mobility Needs in Focus at Local Global Startup Search

Catherine MacDonald

Network Integration and Outreach

Greater Richmond Age Wave & No Wrong Door

Senior Connections, The Capital Area on Aging

An app that expands the utility of on-demand transportation services and a mobility device, whose prototype emerged from a Ring Pop, were the winning ideas pitched at the kickoff event for the Aging2.0 Global Startup Search. Focused on connectedness, engagement and active aging, a room of 100 gerontologists, local government representatives, service providers, business leaders and students gathered at Genworth Financial in Richmond to hear pitches from nine teams comprising local entrepreneurs and university students from Virginia schools.

The Richmond chapter of Aging2.0, an international organization with a mission to reshape technology in aging, hosted the very first event in the global competition. The local chapter is “raising the bar,” says the San Francisco-based headquarters team, and has leveraged movement in the community by being housed in the Greater Richmond Age Wave’s Business for Life work group, which includes a diverse network of advocates and leaders.

Trish Fitzpatrick, vice president of corporate outreach for Uzurv, pitched the company as a way to connect older adults with transportation network services such as Uber and Lyft through advance reservations. Users can develop relationships with drivers, and schedule rides to and from rural areas that might not usually receive service – aspects that Fitzpatrick hopes will appeal to older customers. Anyone in the world will be able to vote for Uzurv in the final round of the competition -- voting takes place on this page from July 18 to August 19.

Event judge Dr. James Cotter, a gerontology professor at VCU, told Richmond Bizsense that Uzurv’s broad appeal set it apart from the other startups. “It is appealing to all older people,” he said.

Ninety-eight-year-old advocate Guy Kinman remarked on the “wonderful, practical event.” He has since used Uzurv to book rides. A resident of Brookdale Imperial Plaza, he said the pitch event has since been abuzz among other residents, “So the ideas have legs.”

The Greater Richmond Age Wave thanks Genworth and Richmond Memorial Health Foundation for sponsoring the Aging2.0 Pitch Event, as well as fellow philanthropic partners The Community Foundation, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg and Bon Secours.

To engage in our next Aging2.0 pitch and expo on September 30, email the team at

Conference Calendar


Georgia Gerontology Society (GGS) 55th Annual Meeting: “Riding the Wave of Opportunity: Advancing Person-Centered Care,” August 8-10, 2016, Jekyll Island Convention Center, Jekyll Island, GA.


Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging (SE4A) Annual Conference,

October 2-5, 2016, Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, MS.

National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) 2016 Annual Conference, October 23-25, 2016, The Alexander Hotel, Indianapolis, IN.


Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Scientific Meeting: “New Lens on Aging: Changing Attitudes, Expanding Possibilities,” November 16-20, 2016, New Orleans Marriott and Sheraton, New Orleans, LA.

SGS Leadership 2016-2017



R. Turner Goins, Ph.D.

Office: 828-227-3515

Western Carolina Univ., Dept. of Social Work

Health & Human Services Bldg.

4121 Little Savannah Road

Cullowhee, NC 28723



Jennifer Craft Morgan, Ph.D.

Office: 404-413-5214

Georgia State University Gerontology Institute

PO Box 3984

Atlanta, GA 30302-3984



Pamela Pitman Brown, Ph.D.,

CPG Office: 336-337-8274

Winston-Salem State University

601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110



Christopher Kelly, Ph.D.

Office: 402-472-4317

University of Nebraska at Omaha

310 Nebraska Hall,

901 N. 17th St.

Lincoln, NE 68588-0562



To be nominated in 2017


Christine J. Jensen, Ph.D.

Office: 757-220-4751 ext. 16

Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging

3901 Treyburn Dr., Suite 100

Williamsburg, VA 23185



Vacant (temporarily)


Vacant (temporarily)


Vacant (temporarily)


Dana Bradley, Ph.D.

Office: 270-745-2356

Western Kentucky University, Center for Gerontology

Tate Page Hall 241

1901 College Heights Blvd.

Bowling Green, KY 42101


Connie Coogle, Ph.D.

Office: 804-828-1525

VCU-Virginia Center on Aging

P.O. Box 980229

Richmond, VA 23298-0229


Graham Rowles, Ph.D.

Office: 859- 218-0145

University of Kentucky, Gerontology

401C Multi-Disciplinary Sciences Building e

Lexington, KY 40536-0082


LaVona Traywick, Ph.D.

Office: 501-671-2027

University of Arkansas Div. of Agriculture

2301 S. University Ave., Room 3011

Little Rock, AR 72204




Jaye L. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Office: 404-413-5668

Georgia State University

25 Park Place, Suite 1128, Dept. of Communication

Atlanta, GA 30303


Malcolm P. Cutchin, Ph.D.

Office: 313-577-9956

Wayne State University

259 Mack Ave.

Detroit, MI 48202


Leisa Easom, Ph.D.

RN Office: 229-928-1234

Georgia Southwestern State University

Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving

800 GSW University Drive

Americus, GA 31709


Kelly Niles-Yokum, MPA, Ph.D.

Office: 508-688-9013

University of La Verne

657 North Ukiah Way

Upland, CA 91786



Lee Ann Ferguson, M.A.

Office: 866-920- 4660

PO BOX 160

Taylorsville, NC 28681




LaVona Traywick, Ph.D.

Office: 501-671-2027

University of Arkansas Div. of Agriculture

2301 S. University Ave., Room 3011

Little Rock, AR 72204



Christopher Kelly, Ph.D.

Office: 402-472-4317

University of Nebraska at Omaha

310 Nebraska Hall, 901 N. 17th St.

Lincoln, NE 68588-0562



Ed Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Office: 828-262-6146

Appalachian State University

Chapell Wilson Hall

Boone, NC 28608




Don Bradley, Ph.D.

Office: 252-328-4838

Samford University, Dept of Sociology

800 Lakeshore Drive

Birmingham, AL 35209



Vacant (temporarily)


R. Turner Goins, Ph.D.

Office: 828-227- 3515

Western Carolina Univ., Dept. of Social Work

Health & Human Services Bldg.

4121 Little Savannah Road

Cullowhee, NC 28723



Denise Scruggs, MA, MS, CADDCT

Office: 434.544.8456

Lynchburg College, Beard Center on Aging

1501 Lakeside Drive

Lynchburg, VA 24501



Christine J. Jensen, Ph.D.

Office: 757-220- 4751 ext. 16

Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging

3901 Treyburn Dr., Suite 100

Williamsburg, VA 23185



Elizabeth Tait, PhD

Office: 828-227- 2657

Assistant Professor, MHS Program

School of Health Sciences

Western Carolina University

442 Health & Human Sciences

Cullowhee, NC 28723


Leland "Bert" Waters, PhD

Office: 804-828-1525

Virginia Geriatric Education Center

Virginia Center on Aging

Virginia Commonwealth University

P.O. Box 980229

Richmond, VA 23298-0229



Connie Coogle, Ph.D.

Office: 804-828-1525

VCU-Virginia Center on Aging

P.O. Box 980229

Richmond, VA 23298-0229



Joseph Gaugler, Ph.D

Office: 612-626- 2485

University of Minnesota School of Nursing

5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall

308 Harvard St. SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455



Kelly Munly, Ph.D.

Office: 814-940-3105

Penn State, Altoona

3000 Ivyside Park

Altoona, PA 16601


Chih-Ling Liou, Ph.D.

Office: 330-244- 3551

6000 Frank Avenue NW

North Canton, OH 44720


Sherry Lind, MGS

Office: 513-484-3829

P.O. Box 783

Oxford, OH 45056



Dana Bradley, Ph.D.

Office: 270-745- 2356

Western Kentucky University, Center for Gerontology

Tate Page Hall 241

1901 College Heights Blvd.

Bowling Green, KY 42101



Vacant (temporarily)


Vacant (temporarily)


Lorne Moon

Office: 757-565-0867

First InSites

131 Quaker Meeting House Road

Williamsburg, VA 23188


Student Reflections

Stephanie Edwards, Virginia Commonwealth University, Student Representative 2015-2016

The highlight of my term as Student Representative was the opportunity to meet students face to face at the 2016 SGS Conference. A large number of students were present and attentive throughout the conference. I hosted a student dine around during which I was able to meet two international students from Thailand who were working on doctoral degrees at Appalachian State in North Carolina. A vibrant discussion was had by all who visited the Student Committee table at the luncheon. Many ideas were generated for the 2017 Conference. Ideas included a student reception, a mentorship reception and workshops specifically geared toward students.

SGS Membership Benefits

SGS Annual Conference & Meeting Leadership & Professional Networking; Continuing Education.

Members receive a deep discount on registration fees for the annual meeting.


The Journal of Applied Gerontology and The Southern Gerontologist newsletter. A free subscription to the Journal of Applied Gerontology (JAG), the official journal of SGS is included with membership. The Journal is devoted to the publication of contributions that focus explicitly on the application of knowledge and insights from research and practice to improvement of the quality of life of older persons. Particular emphasis is placed on manuscripts and editorials that enhance dialogue among researchers, policy makers, and practitioners. In addition, members receive the Southern Gerontologist, a quarterly newsletter that complements JAG by providing updates on applied projects, member activities and emerging issues, and informing members of new books and videos of interest to the field of aging.

Members of SGS also receive a sizeable discount on publication fees, if their work is accepted for publication in the Journal of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.

Student Privileges

Membership discount, conference registration discount, and networking & leadership opportunities. SGS Committees are member-friendly and provide an excellent opportunity to enhance one’s professional development. By adding your voice to SGS you can help ensure that dialogue and cooperation maintain the balance between research and practice, through the guiding principle of SGS-- the alliance of practitioners and academicians to enhance the lives of our elders.

Don't miss the opportunity to become a member of a group of the South's most respected gerontology professionals.

SGS Contact Information

For more information about the Southern Gerontological Society, please contact the SGS Association Manager, Ms. Lee Ann Ferguson, at

There are many opportunities for members to contribute to the organization and its progress in bridging those gaps that do exist between research and practice. Please let us know how we can include you!

Southern Gerontological Society

A non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization established in 1979 for the purposes of bridging the gaps between gerontological research and practice.