Institute On Aging Report

In this Issue:

- From the Director
- BC Talks Aging VI
- Diversity and Inclusion Summit
- Updates from around the University

From the Director


Spring is now in full gear. Aging research is thriving across the University, so we would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on a few of the goings-on.

We are excited by the release of our sixth module in the BC Talks Aging series. Available for viewing at, Module VI: Sleep includes two videos presented by Associate Professor in the Connell School of Nursing Lichuan Ye. Professor Ye challenges the notion that poor sleep is a normal part of aging. She also examines the important role of sleep during hospitalization.

Many of our affiliated faculty members and Centers are hosting visitors on campus for events related to aging. We also have a few, like Christina Matz-Costa, who are guest speaking on panels themselves. These updates are included below.

Best wishes for a productive semester!


James Lubben
Director, Institute on Aging
Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor in Social Work



Newly Released BC Talks Aging Module VI focuses on Sleep

BC Talks Aging Screenshots

The sixth module in the video series BC Talks Aging provides a look at the relationship sleep has with the aging process through two videos titled, Sleep During Hospitalization and Poor Sleep is Not a Normal Part of Aging. Sleep has been linked to outcomes critical to patient safety and healing, and is an important part of patient-centered care. Boston College Connell School of Nursing associate professor Lichuan Ye explores sleep disorders and practices for sleep improvement. Of particular interest is sleep in the hospital setting. Using the PROMIS Sleep Disturbance and PROMIS Sleep-Related Impairment questionnaires, viewers are engaged in a discussion on evaluating sleep.

Module VII: Manipulating Biological Pathways to Extend Lifespan, hosted by Boston College Professor Eranthie Weerapana, is scheduled for release this summer. Additional modules available for viewing include Social Isolation; Social and Productive Engagement; Lont-term Effects of Sexual Abuse on Men; Delirium, Depression, and Dementia; and End of Life Planning.

Watch BC Talks Aging: Module VI »

2016 Diversity and Inclusion Summit

The Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) will be hosting a Diversity and Inclusion Summit: Building and Leveraging Partnerships Across Campus on June 1, 2016. As part of the Summit, the IOA will be taking part in the Exibitor Hall in Gasson. We encourage you to learn more about the Summit, including the event schedule and registration information by visiting OID’s website.

Learn more about the Diversity and Inclusion Summit hosted by OID »


Aging Updates from Around the University

The Center on Aging and Work at BC hosted visitors on Monday, March 21—Dr. Erin Kelly, professor of work and organization studies at the Sloan School of Management at MIT; and Dr. Ruth Kanfer, professor of psychology at Georgia Tech University—to discuss changes in the context of work in later life.

Madonna Harrington Meyer

On Monday, April 4, Madonna Harrington Meyer (Syracuse University) gave a talk in McGuinn 413 at 10 a.m. on her book, Grandmothers at Work: Juggling Families and Jobs, which won the Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award from the Gerontological Society of America in 2008. This event was organized and sponsored by the Department of Sociology, with support from the IOA. For more information regarding this event, contact Professor Sara Moorman.

With the support of an Aging Research Incentive Grant (ARIG), Lichuan Ye (associate professor in the Connell School of Nursing) was able to continue her work of sleep promotion for hospitalized patients, and was funded by AHRQ in September 2015 to develop a sleep promotion toolkit (SLEEPkit). This is an R21 health informatics project. Professor Ye used the support of the ARIG to complete preliminary work and was able to receive this federal funding to continue the exploration.

Christina Matz-Costa takes part in the Aging Workforce discussion panel

Boston College School of Social Work assistant professor and BC Talks Aging presenter Christina Matz-Costa was recently featured as a panelist at the Harvard School of Public Health to discuss the public health challenges of an aging workforce. The entire panel is available for viewing on the Huffington Post website. Watch The Aging Workforce discussion panel »