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Aging and the Life Course at #AAA2015



AAGE and the AAA Interest Group on Aging and the Life Course are gearing up for #AAA2015 in Denver, Colorado, November 18-22!

Jay Sokolovsky has started compiling a 2015 Guide to the Meetings and a Guide to Core Anthropology of Aging and the Life Course Resources (The 2014 Research Guide is at: http://faculty.usfsp.edu/jsokolov/ageguide14.htm).

Here are the highlights

Key Interest Group Events

Thurs – 12:15-1:30PM Reception and Interlocutor event: “Global Visions of Work in Late Life” 

This event begins with a celebration of recent books and continues with a conversation with authors, Anthropologist, Caitrin Lynch (Retirement on the Line: Age, Work, and Value in an American Factory) and Journalist, Jospeph Coleman, (Unfinished Work: the struggle to build an aging American workforce).

Fri – 8am-9:45AM Invited Session of the Interest Group

Familiar Strangeness of Place and Person: Ethnographic Investigations of “Aging in Place”

Sat – 12:15-1:30PM Joint Business Meeting with AAGE

Networking Dinner – Friday or Saturday night (location/time TBD)



* indicates AAGE members


Thurs 4-5:45PM November 19


Sidney M Greenfield, Philip Singer, Pablo Landa


Friday 8am-9:45AM November 20, Invited Session


Jessica Robbins – Aaron Seaman, organizers

Liminal Homes: Older People, Loss of Capacities, and the Present Future of Living Spaces
*Annette Leibing (University of Montreal)
8:15 AM
Flexible Home: Remaking Person, Family, and Place
*Aaron T Seaman (University of Chicago)
8:30 AM
Place-Making and Refashioning Later Life, Detroit Futures, Rivers of Toxic and Nourishing Heritages
*Mark R Luborsky (Wayne State University, Department of Anthropology)
8:45 AM
The Local Community: What Food Provisioning Can Reveal about Aging and Place
*Erika Carrillo (Wayne State Univ)
9:00 AM
The Spatiotemporality of Aging: Creating Moral Persons and Places in Poland
*Jessica C Robbins-Ruszkowski (Wayne State University)
9:15 AM
*Elana D Buch (University of Iowa)


Friday, November 20, 2015 Capital Ballroom 3 (Hyatt Regency): 10:15 AM-12:00 PM


Chair: Margaret Souza

10:15 AM
Chronic Illness Management in the Digital Age: Electronic Medical Records and Clinician Autonomy
Linda M Hunt (Michigan State University) and Allison Baker (Michigan State University)
10:30 AM
Digitizing Cancer Survivorship Care
Tara Eaton (Independent Research Consultant)
10:45 AM
“Sites” of Stigma and Contestation: Positivesingles.Com and on- and Off-Line Dating with STDs
Zakea Boeger (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
11:00 AM
Death Cafes: A New Look at Dying
Margaret Souza (SUNY/Empire State College)
11:15 AM
Technologies of Data Collection: International Classification of Disease As Discourse
Laurette A McGuire (California State University San Marcos)
11:30 AM
The Optimizing Self
Dorthe Brogaard Kristensen (University of Southern Denmark) and Matthias Bode (University of Southern Denmark)

Friday 12:15-1:30PM


Margaret Souza and Cathleen E Willging


Friday, November 20, 2015: 1:45 PM-3:30 PM


Organizers: Anna I. Corwin; Felicity Aulino; and Anna I. Corwin

1:45 PM
Form, Authenticity, and (Non-)Disclosure: An Everyday Buddhist Ethics of Care
*Felicity Aulino (UMass Amherst)
2:00 PM
Decoding the Divine: Being God in a Catholic Convent Infirmary
*Anna I. Corwin (Stanford University)
2:15 PM
Care and the Other in Bosnian Mixed-Ethnicity Families
Keziah Conrad (University of California, Los Angeles – Department of Anthropology)
2:30 PM
Dehumanizing Care
*Ender Ricart (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
2:45 PM
Care in the Anti-Crisis
Stacey A Langwick (Cornell University)
3:00 PM
Katherine A Mason (Brown University)
3:15 PM

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 8:00AM-9:45AM

Organizer:  Cati M Coe Chair:  Erdmute Alber

Migration and New Ways of Aging in Sri Lanka
Michele R Gamburd (Portland State University, Department of Anthropology)
8:15 AM
Left behind and Alone? Elderly Care in Rural Circumstances of Western African Hinterland Villages
Erdmute Alber (University of Bayreuth) and Tabea Häberlein (University of Bayreuth)
8:30 AM
Openness to New Aging Trajectories: Interest in Old Age Homes and Senior Day Programs in Southern Ghana
Cati M Coe (Rutgers University)
8:45 AM
Care of the Elderly, Migration, Community: Explorations from Rural Romania
Tatjana Thelen (University of Vienna)
9:00 AM
*Sarah Lamb (Brandeis University, Department of Anthropology)

Saturday, November 21, 2015:10:15AM-12PM


Transnationalized Aging Trajectories: Home Care As Piecework in the Andes
Jessaca B Leinaweaver (Brown University – Department of Anthropology)
10:30 AM
Sité on a Hill: Aging and Class in a Retirement Home in Turkey
Deborah L Durham (Sweet Briar College)
10:45 AM
The Translocality of ‘Healthy Aging’: Exploring the Situated Effects of Health Promotion to Ethnic Minorities in Denmark
Nanna Hilm (University of Copenhagen)
11:00 AM
DIY Aging: Retirement Migration and Intentional Communities
Liesl L Gambold (Dalhousie University)
11:15 AM
*Judith Freidenberg


If you have any related aging and life course related panels and sessions information or anything else that you would like included in the guide, contact Jay Sokolovsky at jsokolov@mail.usf.edu.

We will continue to deliver updates as they become available

See you in Denver!

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AAGE guide to the meetings: American Anthropological Association, Dec 3-7, 2014

Every five years or so, the AAA meetings fall a little later in the year, making us wish the meetings were some place warm (remember New Orleans 2010?) rather than a city with an average December HIGH of about 47F degrees (remember Philadelphia 2009?).

Nonetheless, it is sure to be a good turnout this year, with hundreds of sessions, posters, exhibitors, installations (including the always thought provoking Ethnographic Terminalia), and a keynote speech by Bruno Latour.

If you are a member of AAGE or the AAA on Anthropology of Aging and the Life Course Interest Group , the first things to put on your itinerary are the Interlocutor Session, the Interest Group business meeting, and the dinner.

Dec 5 (Friday) 1:00-2:15PM, Wilson A Marriot Wardman Park

Interlocutor event with Mary Catherine Bateson about “Adulthood 2.0” and reception for recent book authors (Bianca Brijnath, Jason Danely and others). While an accomplished writer and educator, Mary Catherine Bateson is perhaps best known for her work on aging, including Composing a Life (1989) and Composing a Further Life (2010). In the latter, Bateson (who turns 75 on December 8 of this year), takes up the challenge of adapting the psychosocial life course development theories to current realities of longevity and diverse trajectories, proposing a new stage in life that she calls “Adulthood 2.0.”

Jay Sokolovsky organized the event and he and Athena McLean will be asking her about this and her other work on aging and anthropology.

 Dec 6 (Saturday) 1:00-2:15, Wilson A, Marriot Wardman Park

AAGE/AAA Interest Group Business meeting

Learn about what the group is up to, raise your voice and get involved in decisions and new projects (including contributing to the website!). This group relies on a lot of individuals, and we invite anyone (members or not) to attend and get to know us!

 Dec 6 (evening) – AAGE/Interest Group dinner (8PM, location and details  TBA)

PrintNow for the panels
I did a quick search for relevant terms and topics (aging is still not a key word for the AAA program), then I solicited responses via the Facebook page, and listserv.  If I did not list your panel, and you would like to advertise it here, I highly encourage you to write a comment below. In the interest of space, I will not include full abstracts, but I will list date, time, location, and titles/presenters. If you are a AAA member, you can login and use the links to add these panels to your personal scheduler.

Wednesday, December 3

12-1:45pm, Thurgood Marshall North


This workshop, co-chaired by AAGE member Mark Luborsky (Wayne State) and Linda Hunt (MSU) is bound to be full of practical information from anthropologists with a track record or NIH funding.

Thursday, December 4

2:30-4:15pm, McKinley


Chair: Elana D Buch, University of Iowa
Organizer: Jason A Danely, Oxford Brookes University, and Elana D Buch, University of Iowa
Discussant: Paul E Brodwin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Circulating Compassion: Claims of Deservingness Among Chicago Home Care Workers- Elana D Buch, University of Iowa

Compassion in Action?: Love, Pity, and Distraction in Thai Buddhist Eldercare- Felicity Aulino, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Practicing Compassion: Worthy Suffering Among Older Persons in the Netherlands- Jolanda Lindenberg, Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing

Compassionate Subjectivity: Producing and Managing Ethics and Affects of Family Caregivers of Older Adults in Japan– Jason A Danely, Oxford Brookes University

This panel was the result of discussions Elana and I had about the concept of “compassion” as it has been used in clinical and social care settings and the need to understand and practiced differently in different cultural contexts. While I was at first interested mostly in how Japanese Buddhists practiced compassion in secular contexts, Elana was suggested that we needed to pay attention to political contexts, including the role of anthropologist as a potential producer of compassion. This is also the first of many panels about “care,” some organized by AAGE members as well, but I did not list all of them here if they did not relate to aging or the life course (for example, 2-04060 TEMPORALITIES OF CARE; THE LABOR OF CARE  )

6:30-8:15PM Suite C


Chair: Ender Ricart, University of Chicago

Emerging Ontology of the Aging Society Crisis in Japan: Differentiation of Care and Prevention and the Re-Figuration of the Aging Process, Old Age, Sociality, and Life-Worlds– Ender Ricart, Univ. Chicago

Friday, December 5

2:30-4:15 PM


3-3:15 PM   Policy “Trickling up”: Hurricane Preparedness Policy for People with Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Dementia –Janelle J. Christensen, Palm Beach State College

Saturday, December 6

9:00-10:45am Jackson


Organizers: Sarah E Lamb, Brandeis, Jessica C Robbins-Ruszkowski, Wayne State U
Discussant: Susan R Whyte, Institute of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen

Ageless Aging or Meaningful Decline?: A Critical Anthropology of “Successful Aging”– Sarah E Lamb (Brandeis)

A Model of “Success”: Aging in a Catholic Convent– Anna I. Corwin (University of California, Los Angeles – Dept of Anthropology)

Stratification and Heterogeneity of Successful Aging Constructs in Thailand and USA– Mark R Luborsky (Wayne State University) Chulanee Thianthai (Chulalongkorn University)

Education, English, and Embroidery: The Sociality of Aging in Poland– Jessica C Robbins-Ruszkowski (Wayne State University)

Should Auld Acquaintance be Forgot: Friendship in the Face of Dementia– Janelle S Taylor (University Washington)

Deja vu? Nope, this was the panel that was so good, it was worth doing twice (see the guides to the GSA). Obviously something worth paying attention to is in the works here. This time Janelle Taylor, who has been doing more and more work in medical anthropology and dementia joins Sarah Lamb and the others.

11-12:45PM, Wilson A


Chair: Cheryl Mattingly, University of Southern California
Organizer: Bjarke Oxlund, University of Copenhagen and Lotte Meinert, Aarhus University
Discussants: Julie Livingston, Rutgers University and Ayo Wahlberg, University of Copenhagen

The organizer, Bjarke Oxlund is a member of the Anthropology & Aging editorial advisory board and a longtime AAGE member. Julie Livingston was part of the interlocutor session at a previous AAA. The panel (along with part ONE) is packed with big names who take generations seriously.

11-11:30 AM Jackson


From Cure to Care: Becoming Old and Diabetic in Tanzania– Peter M Van Eeuwijk, University of Basel

Combating Ageism in the Tanzanian Health System: From Painful Exclusion to Social Participation-Brigit Obrist van Eeuwijk, University of Basel

Die Suddenly or Die Knowing Her/His Remaining Lifetime: What Is Imagined As Good Death in Contemporary Japan– Hideaki Matsuoka, Osaka University

The Good Life at the End of Life: the Ideal End-of-Life for South Korean Elders Living in Toronto, Canada– Christine Moon, Brown University

Social and Material Entanglements in Institutional Long-Term Care: The Making and Unmaking of Personhood in People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias– Jayne M Yatczak, Wayne State University

So if you went to the “Successful Aging” panel, stay in the room for this one on end-of-life care! A nice variety of approaches and regions represented here.

2:30- 4:15 PM, Wilson A


Chair: Chloe Silverman, Drexel University
Organizer: A. Elizabeth DeLuca, University of California Irvine, and Aaron T Seaman, University of Chicago
Discussant: Janelle S Taylor, University Washington

Giving Care?: Exploring the Analytic of Care through an Examination of the “Caregiver” – Aaron T Seaman, University of Chicago

Care, Risk, and Haunted Subjectivities- Matthew Furlong, University of Chicago

Honeybee Health, Uncertain Illnesses, and Medical Care– Chloe Silverman, Drexel University

Affective Labor and the Limits of Care: Reflections on Caretaking, Abuse and Intersubjectivity-Elizabeth DeLuca, University of California Irvine

Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Theorizing Accountability in Care Under Globalization and Neoliberalism– Athena McLean, Central Michigan University/ Andrea P Sankar, Wayne State University

Yes, there is more to say about care!! While Athena, Andrea, and Chloe have been working on issues of care and culture in medical contexts for a while, organizers Elizabeth and Aaron, and Matthew Furlong are graduate students doing some really exciting work. This is bound to be a very stimulating panel.


2:30 PM – 4:15 PM, Marriott Ballroom Salon 3- White

GENERAL POSTER SESSION: Body Image and Menopause: The Objective and Subjective Story

Lynn Morrison, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Daniel E. Brown, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Lynnette Leidy Sievert, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Angela Reza, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Nichole Rahberg, University of Hawaii at Manoa

2:30- 4:15 PM, Roosevelt Room 2


Chairs: Devin Flaherty, University of California, Los Angeles, Emily Anne Lucitt, University of California, Los Angeles – Dept of Anthropology
Organizers: Devin Flaherty, University of California, Los Angeles, Emily Anne Lucitt, University of California, Los Angeles – Dept of Anthropology

Discussant: Cheryl Mattingly, University of Southern California

Imagining and Caregiving:Hospice in Two “American” Cultures– Devin Flaherty, University of California, Los Angeles

Sunday, December 6

10- 11:45 AM, Thurgood Marshall West


Chair: Bjarke Oxlund, University of Copenhagen
Organizers: Monika Palmberger, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Azra Hromadzic, Syracuse University
Discussant: Michele R Gamburd, Portland State University

Migrants of Privilege: American Retirees and the Imaginaries of Ecuadorian Care Work– Ann Miles, Western Michigan University

Late Life Choices: Feelings of Ambivalence Among Aging Labour Immigrants– Monika Palmberger, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

“Where Were They until Now?” Aging, Care and Abandonment in a Bosnian Town- Azra Hromadzic, Syracuse University

Where Home Is Not the Same: Emerging Notions of Reciprocity, Dependency, and Concepts of Person/Self in Tuareg Intergenerational Experiences of Migration- Susan J Rasmussen, University of Houston

Who Cares? Ageing, Transnational Care Arrangements and the Question of Morality- Yvon Van Der Pijl, Utrecht University

“I Do Not Expect to Become frail” – Transnational Aging Experiences from a Civil Servants Milieu of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania– Andrea Patricia Grolimund, University of Basel

Of the four AAGE heavy panels (Producing Compassion; Successful Aging; Aging, Elders and End-of-Life; and this one), aging and migration has the most explicit focus on the aging experience in the developing and impoverished world. This is not “retirement migration,” it is concerned, in the words of the abstract, with “transnational responsibility; competing ideas of personhood; morality and “good aging;” social security; and economies of care as they materialize in these diverse yet converging contexts of aging, migration and care.”

12- 1:45 PM, Thurgood Marshall South


12:45 PM

Senescence, Aging, and Allostatic Load in Sakiyama, Japan– Rachael Elizabeth Leahy, The Ohio State University; Douglas E. Crews, The Ohio State University; Yoshiaki Sone, Mimasaka University; Aiko Iwamoto, Osaka City University; Yosuke Kusano, Nagasaki Wesleyan University; Takahiro Maeda, Nagasaki University; Kiyoshi Aoyagi, Nagasaki University

Last, but not least, a bio-cultural life course perspective!

See you in DC!


(if we missed your panel, leave us a comment below!)

AAGE guide to the meetings: Gerontological Association of America, Nov 5-9,2014

October is quickly upon us, and for many of us that means that it is time to start thinking again about those fall conferences we submitted abstracts for back in March. While AAGE has not had its own booth at the meetings in recent years, it still holds its annual business meetings at the two major North American conferences where our members are likely to be presenting papers and posters: the meeting of the American Anthropological Association and the Gerontological Society of America Scientific Meeting.

As many of you with interests and colleagues in both of these events know, it is sometimes a tough choice, given that they commonly overlap or occur in quick succession. But every once in a while, we get a year like 2014, where it is possible to attend both, and both are going to be in Washington, D.C., usually one of the most well-attended locations, and a bonus for our East Coast members.

The Gerontological Society of America Scientific Meeting will be held November 5-9, and the American Anthropological Association will have its meeting December 3-7.

Since these are massive meetings, with hundreds of sessions and posters and thousands of participants, AAGE usually produces a custom “guide to the meetings” each year to direct members to sessions of interest, especially if the organizers and participants are AAGE members. And of course, there is the business meeting! UPDATE! THE AAGE BUSINESS MEETING and LUNCH are combined: Nov 7, 1:30 (meet outside of conv center 1pm. entrance near 9th st . we will walk. cab to 1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW if you want to share a cab). **Reservations were required, so we may not be able to accommodate those without a reservation.

So whether you are a grad student trying to decide if it is worth scratching together the cash and finding a few roommates to get to the conference, or if you are a senior scholar looking for the cutting edge in anthropological research on aging, we hope these posts not only get you to the meeting, but help you find the best of the bunch (and help you get to the right room to see it).

I will save the overview and list of AAA sessions in a future post, but since GSA comes first, let’s  start there.



If you are a member of the GSA, you can find sessions and create a personalized schedule using their online Meeting Planner but finding the anthropologists might be a little trickier. Just as AAA still does not list “aging” among its keywords, searching for “anthropology” among GSA sessions will only give you a small handful of results. I have found a few places to start, and encourage readers to leave comments if I have missed your poster or presentation.

The theme of GSA 2014 is “Making Connections: from Cells to Societies.” It is in several buildings: The Washington Convention Center (CC); the Washington Marriot Marquis (M)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


4:30pm Rm 208AB (CC)
Narratives and Healing: Making Connections Through Stories

Bob Schrauf (Penn State) will present Doing Lucidity: The Momentary Return of Conversational and Cognitive Competence in Dementia. Although the co-presenters are not all AAGE members, the whole session on narrative looks fantastic (and I don’t know anything else on this day)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

8:00am, East Salon B (CC) Spirituality and Religion

AAGE secretary and general powerhouse Lydia Manning presents on Pathways to Resilience: Exploring the Connections between Spirituality and the Managing of Hardship in Later Life  (if you haven’t seen her article on resilience in The Gerontologist, click here)

8:00am Liberty Salon I (M)  Theorizing Family Caregiving in East Asia

Unfortunately, I will be missing Lydia, since I will be presenting concurrently on Sources of Strain and Strength in Japanese Family Caregiver Narratives

10:00am Archives (M) GSA-NCCA Symposium: Gene D. Cohen Research Award in Creativity and Aging

While big meetings like this one can be overwhelming, they can also be great opportunities to recognize the big (or upcoming) names in the field who you might not see otherwise. This session will have a lot of great speakers, including Rita Charon, MD, PhD, who many know from her work on narrative, who will present Building the Science: Creativity and Aging in Geriatric Education

10:00am, Room 202B (CC)

Implementing Autonomy into the Daily Lives of Residents with Dementia: Challenges in Assisted Living

AAGE member Robert Rubinstein (UMBC), Patrick Doyle (BGSU), J. Kevin Eckert (UMBC) and Michael Brazda (UMBC) present The Influence of Staff Members’ Classifications of Residents with Dementia on Residents’ Autonomy

11:45am Exhibit Hall D (CC) Cultures of Caregiving (Poster)

Friday November 7, 2014

8:00am Room 209C (CC)

Incoming AAGE President, Iveris Martinez, and her colleagues will be presenting on Late Life Disability for Hispanics in the US in a panel on minority health and physical functioning.

10:00am Exhibit Hall D (CC)

Lydia Manning (again!) will exhibit her poster Resilience as a Buffer to the Deleterious Impact of Chronic Illness on Disability in Later Life

1:30pm AAGE Business Meeting/lunch Founding Farmers 1924 Pennsylvania.

3:00pm, Liberty Salon J (M)

Working with State and Local Governments: Opportunities for Aging Research

AAGE member Allen Glicksman (Philadelphia Corporation on Aging) and colleagues will present a session that is likely to be of interest to members, especially those in applied fields.

5:00pm Liberty Salon O (M)

Improving the Transitional Care Process

Rebecca Berman, AAGE elections coordinator,  presents Facilitating Access to Wrap Around Services After Hospital Discharge: Care Managers’ Perspectives

Saturday, November 8, 2014

As usual, the program team breaks my heart by scheduling two really interesting sessions in the same time slot. They are, however, next door to each other, so I may be able to pop back and forth.

1:00pm Liberty Salon N (M)

Successful Aging: Connecting Critical Gerontology and Critical Anthropology

While there has been some serious and important critiques of the “Successful Aging” construct, how have anthropologists added to these critiques, and where do they suggest we direct our attentions?  J.C. Robbins-Ruszkowski (Wayne State), Toni  Calasanti (Virginia Polytechnic), and Sarah Lamb (Brandeis) will bring together critical and cr0ss-cultural research to direct on questions. In the process, we get to hear about Catholic nuns (Anna Corwin), Alaska Native Elders, Hindu ashram dwellers, Thais of diverse ethnicities (Mark Luborsky), and Polish and American lifelong learners. See Lamb’s article on rethinking Successful Aging here.

1:00pm Liberty Salon O (M)

Making Connections through the Art of Losing: Using Humanities Approaches to Understand Later Life

Kate de Medeiros (Miami University) co-chair of NANAS, Thomas Cole (UT Houston), and cultural gerontologists take the meeting theme and (creatively) turn it on its head to look at issues of culture, communication, and art (including the Netflix series Derek!). With the launch this last year of their own open-access journal Art Culture Humanities, and the first NANAS conference coming up in May 2015, it appears that social and cultural perspectives on aging is having a very good year.


Apologies in advance for any omissions! Please leave comments and promote your paper, poster, or event or any other GSA function that you think AAGE would appreciate. We would love to see you and GSA and will post information on AAGE meetings or social events as we get closer to the meeting!

Coming next… AAA 2014!


AAGE member panels at the IUAES Inter-Congress, May 15-18, 2014 in Chiba, Japan

The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Studies will be holding its annual Inter-Congress in Chiba, Japan from May 15-18. It will be held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary meeting of JASCA (Japanese Association of Social and Cultural Anthropology). According to the IUAES Commission on Aging and the Life Course, co-chaired by Leng Leng Thang and Maria Cattell, there were a large number of panels on aging at the last major conference in Manchester, England in 2013. Since I will be attending, I’ve been going through the abstracts finding panels that include papers on aging and the life course, so I thought I’d share what I found.

First, there are two sessions of interest this year were organized by members AAGE, and include presentations by several members as well (marked with an *):

Considering ideas and practices to create “age-friendly communities” (NME panel), convened by Nanami Suzuki* (National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)

Short Abstract: Based on the viewpoint of research on aging that the environment which meets older adults’ diverse needs leads a vision of “age-friendly communities” where multi-generations live together, we examine the initiative for creating such environment, focusing on people’s developing cultural resources.

Papers presentations

Engineering for Humanity: partnering college students with older adults for healthy aging-in-place – Caitrin Lynch*

A consideration on various means to pursue the well-being of older adults in a Japanese depopulated community: a case study of the 2004 earthquake stricken area in Niigata Prefecture’s Chuetsu region – Yoko Taniguchi

Transforming geographic disadvantage: how Ojika islanders turn their hardships around – Chikako Yamada

The role of cultural institutions in creating age-friendly society: the comparative study of Polish and Japanese societies – Jacek Splisgart

Ginkgo Hand-in-Hand Station (GS): consideration of future elder daycare center in community due to volunteer service feedback – Xinyan Chi

The role of meals in creating age-friendly communities for the American and Japanese elderly – Mariko Fujita-Sano

Age-friendly community and cultural resources: considering the experience of care workers in a private sector elderly care institution that experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake – Nanami Suzuki*

Preparing for a “happy ending”: debates on end-of-life treatment and the well-dying movement in South Korea – Hyunsoo Hong

Designing a “coupling” internship program for age-friendly communities: in search of new standards for global leaders – Kuniko Fujiwara

Complete abstracts and information can be found here

Politics of life and death and the practice of caring, convened by Ender Ricart* and Jason Danely*

This panel brings into dialogue research on transforming notions and enactments of life, aging, death, and the mediating practice of care with emerging political, institutional, economic, and health-care landscapes as nations around the world begin to prepare for future aging societies.

Paper presentations

Narratives surrounding end-of-life care in an institutional setting: a case study of an old age home on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka – Sae Nakamura

“Subjects” or “bare bodies”? On the relationship between nursing home staff and mentally impaired elderly people – Haim Hazan and Noa Vana

Caring for ancestors: end-of-life care in Shanxi, China – Eric Miller*

Strong choices/weak choices: care recipients’ responses to the structural change of the local welfare system for the elderly in Finland – Erika Takahashi

Care-prevention and emerging ontologies of healthy aging in Japan – Ender Ricart*

Watching over life and death: the politics of precarious solitude in an aging Japanese urban community – Jason Danely*

Caring, suffering and dying in the diaspora: management of death in transnational settings – Africans in Portugal – Clara Saraiva

Taming death: the ethics of care and technologies of protection in a “homeless town” in Japan – Jieun Kim

Complete abstracts and information can be found here

In addition to these panels, there are a number of individual papers in other sessions that would be of interest to anthropologists who study aging. These papers include three in a session titled “The sensory experience of suffering and healing” (convened by Junko Iida)

Fundamental perceptions: why patients in a palliative care ward close to death receive rehabilitation – Matsuoka Hideaki

Creating the circumstances of care together: interactions in the network of palliative care – Junko Iida

Bodily ‘ways’ to healing among the elderly Japanese in Kuala Lumpur – Shiori Shakuto-Neoh

Also, the panel “Reinventing folkloristics as a study of modernity: Japanese perspectives” (convened by Michiyo Iwamoto) will include the paper

Family and “family-like” people: conflicts over community-based elderly care – Mari Kagaya


Are you planning on attending IUAES 2014? If I missed anything, please add it in the comments section below!



AAGE at AAA 2014, Washington DC, December 3-7 2014

April 15th is the deadline for submitting poster and panel abstracts for the 113th  AAA Annual Meeting.

The theme of the meeting is Producing Anthropology,” which,  the Program Chairs note, also produces a wealth of questions about anthropology:what are our epistemological commitments to the ways we make  scientific knowledge today? What impact do our epistemic convictions and  predilections have, intended or not? What goals do we want to set for  ourselves? What partnerships should we build? What audiences should we seek?  And how will the truths we generate change as we contend with radical shifts in  scholarly publishing, employment opportunities, and labor conditions for  anthropologists, as well as the politics of circulating the anthropological  records we produce?”

As always, AAGE will be present at the conference, linking our annual business meeting to that of the Aging and the Life Course Interest Group within AAA. This year, the Interest Group has continued its Interlocutor Special Event series with anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson. Mary Catherine Bateson about her book Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom (2010, Random House), which considers the implication of viewing 21st Century aging as an improvisational art form. It is a follow up to Composing a Life (2001 Grove Press), which had a similar way of weaving life stories with a sense of creative potential and inspiration in later life. Her latest book explores the many possibilities that longer life spans and greater resources afford for reimagining how to create meaning in later adulthood both individually and as a legacy to future generations (read the LA Times book review here).  Professor Bateson will be interviewed by Jay Sokolovsky and Athena McLean who will also facilitate dialogue with the audience.


I believe that we will be able to count on Jay to bring the champagne and cookies as always.

The AAGE/Interest Group business meeting is a great way to get to know what is happening within and between these groups and to become more involved, from student intern positions to executive board positions. I believe it was my first AAGE business meeting when I was asked to write a book review not ten minutes in. A few years later, I was being asked to take on the Editor position for the journal. With plans underway for a 2015 AAGE workshop and further development of the journal, there are more ways to get involved than ever. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Per last year, we will request Saturday at 6pm or 12:15 as alternative time for that day.

Last but not least is the AAA Interest Group and AAGE Dinner (either Friday or Saturday night). All members are welcome to join and Jay Sokolovsky will update us about further details.

We’ll keep posting as we hear back about accepted panels, develop our agenda for the business meeting, and make our plans to meet up in DC.

Global Aging Forum at GSA Annual Scientific Meeting, Nov. 24

Global Aging Forum 2013 GSA-flyerPDF of this Flyer: FINAL Global Aging Forum at 2013 GSA-flyer

Sun, Nov 24 I 11:45 am-5:00 pm I Sheraton Hotel, Oak Alley Room I $30 (Lunch included).
Focus on transnational research and educational efforts concerning global aging and health.
A stellar cast of speakers will advance our understanding of ongoing activities and outline
future opportunities.

Session Topics Include:
“Methodological Issues in International Research”
“Funding Opportunities for Global Aging Resea rch”
“Exemplars in Cross-Cultural Education”
“Using International Datasets”

Jacqueline Angel, PhD – University of Texas at Austin
Ken Bridbord, MD, MPH – Fogarty International Center
Maria Claver, PhD, MSW – California State University, Long Beach
Eileen Crimmins, PhD – University of Southern California
Athena Fulay- Fulbright Scholar Program
Norah Keating, PhD – University of Alberta
Tsuann Kuo, PhD, MSG, MHA, MSW -Chung Shan
Medical University, Taiwan
Christine Mair, PhD – University of Maryland
Margaret A. Perkinson, PhD – NAPA-OT Field School
Heather Snyder, PhD – Alzheimer’s Association
Enrique Vega, PhD- Pan American Health Organization
Rebeca Wong, PhD – University of Texas Medical Branch

For more information about GSA’s 2013 Annual
Scientific Meeting, November 20-24, 2013,
visit the conference site. A discount is available
for PAHO/OPS member countries; contact
meetings@geron.org at GSA for further information.
Please note, separate registration {$30, includes
lunch) is required for the post-conference

Global Aging Forum
Register for the Global Aging forum now.
For more information about GSA’s 2013 Annual
Scientific Meeting, November 20-24, 2013,
visit the conference site: www.geron.org

ASA Graduate Student Award Deadline: 11/30

Submit your research paper to the American Society on Aging to be considered for the graduate student research award! The winner will gain the recognition of peers and thousands of professionals in the field. The graduate student research award is given to spur academic and clinical interest in the field of aging and rewards the best unpublished graduate research paper on a completed project relevant to aging and applicable to practice. Membership in ASA is not a requirement, but is a consideration.

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate-degree program or have completed their studies less than one year before submission, and be sponsored by a faculty member. The winner will receive a $500 honorarium, an opportunity to present their paper at the 2013 Aging in America conference (March 12-16 in Chicago), complimentary one-year student ASA membership and registration for the Aging in America conference.

The deadline to submit research papers has been extended to November 30. Call 415-974-9600 if you have any questions, or visit:


AAA Report from Jay Sokolovsky

San Francisco is always a big draw and this meeting had over 6000 participants and many sessions and papers on aging.  The AAA Interest Group and AAGE collaboratively organized two special events: An Interlocutor Event on Senior Activism with Anthropologist Roger Sanjek and Berkeley activist Harvey Smith being interviewed by Jay Sokolovsky and Athena Mclean. The room was full and the questions from the audience were lively and provocative.

At the Interlocutor Event with Athena, Roger and Harvey

At the Interlocutor Event with Athena, Roger and Harvey

We also had a panel discussion about the future of Aging and the Life Course Research and Teaching centered about presentation of short papers by young scholars Casey Golomski and Daena Funahashi. To a standing room only crowd, their work and other topics were discussed by Maria Vesperi ( Frontiers of Teaching); Samantha Solimeo:  (Working Outside of the Academy) and Bjarke  Oxlund (Globalizing Aging and Life Course Research).

Panelists Bjarke  Oxlund, Maria Vesperi with paper presenters Casey Golomski and Daena Funahashi

Panelists Bjarke Oxlund, Maria Vesperi with paper presenters Casey Golomski and Daena Funahashi

There was discussion during this event and after at the formal business meeting of continuing to promote and highlight the work of young scholars at future meetings.

A larger report about the business meeting and future plans will come at a future date.

Warm regards from Florida.