Author Archives: Iveris L Martinez

About Iveris L Martinez

I am the current past-president of the Association for Anthropology, Gerontology and the Life Course (AAGE). I have a joint PhD in Anthropology and Population and Family Health Sciences (Pubic Health) from the Johns Hopkins University, and have been working in Public Health and Medicine conducting research and teaching on social and cultural factors influencing health throughout the life course, with an emphasis in aging, immigration, and Latin American populations. I have experience working with with local, statewide and international government agencies. I am interested in mentoring anthropology students in careers in aging and the health sciences.

UNAM 2nd International Interdisciplinary Congress on Age and Ageing

The Second International Interdisciplinary Congress on Age and Ageing was held from June 20th to June 22nd, 2017 at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. The event, organized and led by Veronica Montes de Oca, sociologist and gerontologist, brought together participants from numerous countries and disciplines throughout Latin America, Spain and France, to discuss autonomy, mobility and adaptation in aging. The field of anthropology of aging was well represented, as well as sociology, psychology, philosophy, geriatrics, design and the arts, among others. Continue reading

Contesting categories of age and youth at #AAGE2017

lunch was buzzing at the AAGE conference (Photo by Ebru Ozer)

The Association for Anthropology, Gerontology and the Life Course held its Biennial Conference meeting at Oxford Brookes University, in Oxford, United Kingdom this past June 8th and 9th. C The theme, “Culture, Commitment, and Care across the Life Course,” provided an opportunity to expand our perspective of the anthropology of aging by taking a comparative perspective on youth and seeking to explore the continuities between early childhood and the life-long process of aging. With a program packed with thought-provoking and relevant information, it was hard to choose what sessions to attend! Continue reading

AAGE symposium and networking at SfAA 2016, Vancouver

PageLines- sunlogo.pngJoin us Thursday, March 31st at 3:305:20pm for an AAGE Symposium on The Value of Applied Anthropology in Gerontology: Imagining Career Paths at the Intersection of Anthropology, Health, and Aging (co-sponsored by the Society for Medical Anthropology) at 76th Annual Society for Applied Anthropology Meeting to be held at The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver located at 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4 CANADA (Coquitlam Room)
STAMEY MCALVAIN, Megan (NMSU) Quality of Life: A Qualitative Examination of Residents’ Training in Older Adult End of Life Care
SUZUKI, Nanami (Nat’l Museum of Ethnology) The Meaning of Collaborative Practices Conducted by Care Workers and Anthropologists after the Great East Japan Earthquake toward Aging-in-Place of Migrant Older Adults
PERKINSON, Margaret A. (UMBC) and ROCKEMANN, David D. (Plexus Grp) Teaching Applied Gerontology to Front-Line Staff of a New Continuing Care Retirement Community in China
SOKOLOVSKY, Jay (USF-St. Petersburg) It’s Always about Process: Anthropologically Training Medical Students and Physicians about Health and ‘Late Life’ in Cultural Context
BRILLER, Sherylyn (Purdue U) Teaching at the Intersection of Anthropology and Aging: Preparing Students for Meaningful Applied Gerontology Careers

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There will also be a light breakfast and informal discussion on “Applied Anthropology and Aging” (suggested donation is $8)*

Time: Saturday, April 2, 9-10:30AM

Place: International Suite at the Westin Bayshore Hotel

*Sign up at the SfAA registration desk or at the Thursday 3:30 session (above)

Discussion Table Hosts:

Sherylyn Briller  Preparing for and engaging in applied gerontology careers

Iveris Martinez  Addressing social and cultural barriers to aging services 

Jean Schensul   Building social and health interventions with older adults

Jay Sokolovsky  Teaching the anthropology of aging and the life course

Nanami Suzuki  Aging in place in Japan: the roles of anthropologists and caregivers

Maria Vesperi    Reaching non-academic audiences with news about aging

If you have any questions, please contact Iveris Martinez (