I discovered AAGE at a time when I was struggling to find my research niche in aging and end-of-life care. My advisor, Mary Alice Scott at New Mexico State University (NMSU), recommended I seek out other scholars on aging to help support my thesis endeavors. By happenstance, I found AAGE in my drive to find support in aging research. Fortunate for me, AAGE was holding one of their fantastic workshop conferences the following year in Miami. I arrived at the meeting unsure of myself, with my first conference paper in hand, and left having found my voice as a scholar. I left that workshop with confidence, a renewed determination, and some of the best feedback I have ever received from founding member Jay Sokolofsky. The various conferences I have since attended, whether AAA or SfAA, as an AAGE member, only strengthened my resolve to continue in aging research. But it is not just the conferences that I have benefitted from, as AAGE continues to produce a stellar peer-reviewed journal, blog posts, news, conference resource lists, and member discussion forums. For an up and coming scholar in aging research, these additional resources help me discover the more substantial body of work on aging that is often overlooked by other journals and interest groups. This group of scholars has been incredibly supportive and encouraging, and I find myself regularly recommending AAGE as a group and the collective research of its members.
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