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Don’t miss AALCIG and AAGE events at #AAA2017, Washington D.C.

AAGE, with its partner orgaization the Anthropology of Aging and the Life Course Interest Group (AALCIG) will once again be holding two joint events at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Anthropology in Washington D.C. this year. The meeting will be held at the Wardman Marriot Hotel, November 28- December 3, and the theme is Anthropology Matters! We will be compiliing our annual guide to the meetings (see the 2016 guide here) so if you are an AAGE member and interested in having us advertise your panel or event, contact our AAA liasons Jay Sokolovsky or Maria Cattell. Also, if you want to keep up to date or exchange information to meet up at AAA for lunch or coffee, use our discussion forum HERE.

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AAGE at #SfAA2017

Past-president of AAGE Iveris Martinez spoke about her experience teaching in a medical school

AAGE was well represented at the Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, held this year in Santa Fe, NM.

One of the highlights was the AAGE networking breakfast, which provided an intimate social setting to discuss professional issues such as teaching and publishing.

Thanks to Sherri Briller and Jay Sokolovsky for organizing this event and all of the attendees for making it a success!

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AAGE at SfAA 2017

The 2017 Society for Applied Anthropology meetings are fast approaching (March 28- April 1), and, as always, AAGE members will not only be presenting work, but hosting a networking breakfast event for members, students, and anyone interested in learning more about us.

Thank you to Iveris Martinez for compiling this list of relevant sessions at this year’s conference. Continue reading

Members: update your directory profile

We encourage every member to add information to their directory profile and a link to a personal website for the AAGE website. A guide to doing this can be found here.
As other members do the same, you should be able to browse our directory for other members with similar interests and foster opportunities for networking and collaboration. (We hope to soon have a searchable system of member information for specific interests, but currently you can only ‘search’ for names)
Note: The member directory and teaching resource section is accessible only to AAGE members.
AAGE is also creating a members only teaching resource section. Please send me your syllabi, handouts, lesson plans, PowerPoints, grading rubrics, assignments, and other resources that you have used to to teach classes in aging and the life course. Also, specify how you want to be acknowledged when someone adapts your materials (i.e. “Adapted from Jane Doe”).
Thank you!
Linh An (AAGE membership coordinator)
and Jason Danely (President Elect)


Who Wouldn’t Want to Retire in Vancouver?: #SfAA2016 Conference Report

Vancouver is a beautiful city, often topping the list of best cities in the world to live and retire in. It is not surprising that this year’s SfAA meeting was the most well-attended ever. Quite a few of us interested in the anthropology of aging and life course issues were there. While gazing at the gorgeous harbor views and walking in Stanley Park, we enjoyed having a chance to visit and discuss things going on in our field. Beyond the scenic outdoor settings and many cafes where we planted ourselves, we also attended relevant sessions at the conference venue.

AAGE President Iveris Martinez organized an excellent session co-sponsored by the SMA (Society for Medical Anthropology) and COPAA (Consortium on Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs).The title of this session was “The Value of Applied Anthropology in Gerontology: Imagining alternative career paths at the intersection of anthropology, health, and aging”. Panel participants included Jay Sokolovsky, Sherri Briller, Megan Stamey McAlvain, Nanami Suzuki (below left)and Peggy Perkinson (pictured above left). Session discussants were Jean Schensul & Jay Sokolovsky. This panel explored the intersection between anthropology and gerontology in applied settings. It brought together anthropologists (both senior and junior) who work in a variety of settings seeking to employ anthropology to provide innovative ways of helping health professionals view and respond to health issues in late life. Specific topics covered included graduate medical education in treating older adults at the end of life, Japanese care workers helping older adults after the Great East Japan Earthquake, training staff for a Chinese Continuing Care Retirement Community, anthropological experiences in training physicians and healthcare workers for working with older patients, anthropologically training medical students and physicians about health and late life in cultural context, and teaching at the intersections of anthropology and aging.
AAGEatSfAA3_suzukiSome aging related topics appeared in other sessions including: joint development of health interventions with older adults in senior housing (Schensul, Radda, Reisine & Foster-Bey), discriminatory service delivery and understanding elders in HIV prevention campaigns in South Africa (Darling), power, sexuality and aging (Maynard-Tucker), CBPR physical activity intervention for rural residents (Schoenberg, Hoogland, Bardach & Tarasenko), caring across cultures: Mexicanas shaping eldercare (Kniseley), animal assisted therapy and aging issues (Yonce), museum anthropology and aboriginal seniors (Krmpotich),and generativity and older adult museum volunteering in the US (Shay). A special shout-out to those who gave aging related posters in the student poster session: factors that influence older women’s long term care planning (Corthright) and cultural associations between self-reported well-being and diminished physical performance among older adults (Snodgrass).
On Saturday morning, we presented ourselves at the International Suite at the Westin Bayshore for our AAGE annual networking breakfast and roundtable event (left). Thanks to Maria Vesperi and Jay Sokolovsky who helped us reserve such a lovely space for our breakfast meeting and to Tom May for making it possible. Thanks to Iveris Martinez and Amy Paul-Ward who helped us forage for the breakfast offerings ahead – there is no shortage of nice things to eat in Vancouver! In this elegant suite, we decided to forego our plan for having separate roundtables and have a larger more free-wheeling group discussion instead. We introduced the topics we had planned for the individual roundtables: preparing and engaging in applied gerontology careers, addressing social and cultural barriers to aging services, building social and health interventions with older adults, teaching about anthropology of aging and the life course, aging in place in Japan, reaching non-academic audiences with news about aging. Going forward, full sessions on any of these topics would likely be welcome for our upcoming conferences.


We discovered that nearly half of those who attended the networking breakfast were new to AAGE – a very encouraging finding indeed! Hopefully, all of these folks will become interested in joining our organization and continuing to participate. The breakfast discussion was lively about future directions and opportunities in the field of anthropology of aging and life course studies. One especially exciting development was that several of the students who presented their emerging work at our AAGE health disparities workshop conference in Miami, FL in 2015 gave updates at SfAA on their projects (Stanley and Stamey McAlvain). We are looking forward to hearing more from them and others at the 2017 AAGE conference which Jason Danely is organizing in Oxford, UK.

From this brief report, you can see that lots was going on of interest for those who are interested in the anthropology of aging and the life course. We explored Vancouver and learned more about each other’s important work in the field of aging.  Some of us even had our first Malaysian food at the Banana leaf restaurant in the company of other gerontologists –delicious! In short, it was great to get together with our colleagues, hear about new developments in their work and the field as a whole – and have an excellent time exploring the treasure that is Vancouver.
See you at SfAA in Santa Fe next year!

Sherylyn Briller, SfAA Liaison


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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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