Institute On Aging Report

In this Issue:

- From the Director
- Roybal Annual Meeting
- Dissertation Grants
- BC Talks Aging videos
- Faculty Updates

From the Director


As we make our way through another busy semester, I hope you might take a moment for a few Institute on Aging updates.

The IOA is excited to bring the Boston Roybal Center's Annual Meeting to Boston College. The meeting will feature a talk by keynote speaker Nancy Morrow-Howell, Past-President of the Gerontological Society of America. More information is available below, with event details to come.

We are excited to announce that four additional BC Talks Aging videos are in production. All current videos are available for viewing at

Finally, BC faculty continue to make strides in their work to support the field of Aging. In this newsletter you'll find a number of updates and links regarding research by our colleagues.


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


Prof. James Lubben

Boston College will Host the Roybal Center Annual Meeting:
June 15, 2017

Jane Flanagan and Carina Katigbak

The 2017 Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions (RALI) Annual Meeting will be hosted at Boston College on Thursday, June 15. The all-day meeting will feature an afternoon keynote address by Nancy Morrow-Howell of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. The annual meeting will include presentations and updates on the research programs funded by RALI grants. RALI involves a collaboration among researchers with specialized expertise in healthy aging from five Boston-area institutions, including Boston College.

The keynote speaker, Nancy Morrow-Howell, MSW, Ph.D., is on the faculty of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University and holds the Bettie Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professorship. She is also the Director of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging; and in that role, she promotes gerontological research and education across disciplines, schools, and departments. Her scholarship focuses on the productive engagement in later life, specifically program and policies to optimally engage older adults in paid and unpaid work, including working, volunteering, and caregiving. We invite you to save the date for her talk!

Learn more about the RALI Annual Meeting »

IOA Call for Proposals: Dissertation Grants

The IOA is now accepting applications for Dissertation Support Grants up to $7500. The program is open to any doctoral student enrolled full time at Boston College whose dissertation research studies aspects of older adults and/or their families. The spring application deadline is April 14, 2017. If you are a student interested in applying, or if you know of a student who would qualify please visit for more information.

Learn more about IOA grant opportunities for students and faculty »


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BC Talks Aging to Release Three New Modules in 2017

The BC Talks Aging videos series will add three new modules to its line-up this year. Two new videos on the topic of social isolation, which IOA director James Lubben has been filming with the Center for Teaching Excellence, will be released in the spring. A video titled Happiness as We Age will come out during the summer, while two videos on the Impact of Workplace Stressors on Retirement will be available for viewing in early fall of 2017.

Produced by the BC Institute of Aging, BC Talks Aging aims to provide learning opportunities for those who wish to gain knowledge and resources on the issues related to aging, including social workers, nurses, and other practitioners in the field as well as instructors, students, older adults, and caregivers. Additional modules address Social and Productive Engagement; Lont-term Effects of Sexual Abuse on Men; Delirium, Depression, and Dementia; End of Life Planning; Sleep; and Manipulating Biological Pathways.

Watch BC Talks Aging »

In Case You Missed It

SSW Assistant Professor Christina Matz-Costa was recently profiled by Innovate @ BC Social Work on her work to improve activity in older adults. Matz-Costa recently conducted a pilot intervention study with funding from the Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions, the National Institute on Aging, and the Institute on Aging to test the efficacy of an initiative she and colleagues developed called Engaged4Life, which was an individually-tailored program aimed at promoting this kind of active lifestyle in later life.

CSON Associate Professor Jane Flanagan was one of five nurses recently inducted into the second class of NANDA International Fellows. She was also awarded a research grant from the American Holistic Nurses Association for “Bringing Yoga Home: Exploring the Use of a Web-based Yoga Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors.” (From Voice, the Connell School of Nursing Newsletter)

BC involvement with the Grand Challenges for Social Work

Led by the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare (AASWSW), the Grand Challenges for Social Work is a new initiative to advocate for social progress powered by science. Several BC faculty members are co-leads or helped craft the working papers for these challenges, they are:

A number of BC doctoral students were co-authors on the working papers. The BC doctoral student authors include Jooyoung Kong, Robert Rosales, Victor Figuereo, and Manuel Cano.


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