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Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work Fall Institute (part of the Boston College Center on Aging & Work) was held on September 26-27 to great acclaim. Participants, pictured above, gathered from around the world to explore ideas for research that furthers our understanding of-- Equity, Justice and Inclusion among Older Workers in the Changing Context of Aging & Work. The institute was held in collaboration with Professor Lisa Berkman, Network member and Director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies at the T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Presenters from at least eight disciplinary perspectives and nine countries collaborated on a set of proposed pilot projects, discussed revisions, developed insights, and formed collaborations. Discussion centered around how to get beyond age discrimination and focus more on fairness and inclusion among employees of all ages.
Recently, Dr. Christina (Tina) Matz, co-director of the Center on Aging & Work presented preliminary findings from the 2019 Massachusetts Volunteer Sector Survey on May 7th to more than 300 people at the Massachusetts Conference on Volunteerism hosted by the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA). She partnered with MSA to conduct this survey which collected data from 338 organizations from across the state. The aim of the study was to: 1) better understand the needs of the Massachusetts volunteer sector and 2) measure the value that volunteers bring to organizations across the Commonwealth. The full report to come soon-- with data on the benefits of older adult volunteers! Read more about the preliminary results here: http://www.massnonprofit.org/news.php?artid=5717&catid=13.
We are pleased to announce that as of June 1, Dr. Christina (Tina) Matz, Associate Professor in the Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW), will join Dr. Jacquelyn James as co-director of the Center on Aging & Work.
Working with Dr. James and faculty affiliates (Dr. Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, founding director of the Center and Professor and Associate Dean at the BCSSW; Dr. Joseph Quinn, Professor of economics at Boston College; Drs. Cal Halvorsen and Erika Sabbath, Assistant Professors at the BCSSW; Dr. Rocio Calvo, Associate Professor at the BCSSW; and Dr. Kevin Cahill, research economist at the Center), Dr. Matz will contribute to new efforts to carry out the Center's mission--to make longer life a better life.
Dr. Matz has been a strong contributor to the success and productivity of the Center since its founding with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2005. She is also Chair of the Older Adults & Families Field-of-Practice, and Director of the Spier Fellows in Aging program. Her research focuses on meaningful engagement in later-life and its effects on the health and well-being of individuals, families, organizations, communities, and society. She is a co-lead on the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare's (AASWSW) Grand Challenge focused on “Advancing Long and Productive Lives”. Dr. Matz has co-authored more than 40 scholarly articles/book chapters and numerous reports/issues briefs. She teaches courses in Research Methods and Practice with Older Adults in Home and Community Settings and has facilitated working partnerships with several Boston-area community organizations including the Encore Boston Network, Empower Success Corps, the Waltham Council on Aging, and the Massachusetts Service Alliance. We welcome Dr. Matz's expanding leadership role in the life of the Center and look forward to working with her to continue to deepen our understanding of changes in the context of aging and work.