We're thrilled to be hosting various events for Careers in Aging Month in March 2024. Click through the events with additional content and resources to support a growing workforce of careers in aging! Events include a roundtable on aging education, a student networking session, and a summit featuring grant-supported aging innovations.
Projects and Focus Areas
We lead a grant-funded partnership network among private philanthropy and community leaders to spur the development of age-friendly community initiatives in New Jersey. Part of our role as engaged researchers has been studying how community leaders advance age-friendly community change.
In partnership with the University of Massachusetts, Boston, this project aimed to develop program theory for dementia-friendly community initiatives by centering the voices of on-the-ground leaders and examined the association between healthcare outcomes and living in a community with more dementia-capable senior centers.
This project is a national initiative to engage Village members and leaders in the design of future research projects on how Villages promote healthy aging. It is led in partnership among the Rutgers Hub for Aging Collaboration, Village to Village Network, and the RAND Corporation.
This proof-of-concept pilot GIS mapping project demonstrated the power of integrating planning with aging services at the County level. The interactive mapping tool provides a visualization of key age-friendly resources and supports within geospatial communities to support diverse subgroups of older adults as they age in place.
The Aging and Health Services focus area of the Hub explores pressing population health issues related to innovative community-based care, end-of-life issues, and vaccine equity in later life. This focus area of the Hub draws on a robust data infrastructure, including multiple national databases of health outcomes data related to older adults.
The 2022 New Jersey Age-Friendly Virtual Fair convened individuals doing work related to age-friendly communities throughout the state into one virtual space to learn from and connect with one another. Presentations featured local community and county initiatives, statewide coalitions, allied efforts, and more.
The Hub's Age-Friendly Research Team is consulting with the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at University of California-Davis in their role providing evaluation and technical assistance for the California Department of Aging's Local Aging & Disability Action Planning Grant program.
This project surveys Rutgers faculty and instructors about their experiences of ageism in the workplace and preparedness to teach about ageism. The project seeks to create a Rutgers University-New Brunswick taskforce on aging and a toolkit with age inclusivity resources. View information on Rutgers IDEA Innovation Grants here.
This NIA-funded program of research addresses how social-ecological contexts from childhood influence later life cognition. Our work has focused on family, school, and neighborhood environments. We also attend to life course linkages of risk and resilience in the context of structural racism.
Nine food pantries across New Jersey offer The Food, Hope, Health (FHH) Program, which consists of health screenings for diabetes, hypertension and obesity, and participation in nutrition education classes and food box pick-ups. We partner with program leaders to understand the impact of the program on clients’ health and quality of life.
This project aims to strengthen the gerontological social work workforce in New Jersey through recruiting students into the Rutgers MSW Aging and Health Certificate Program, expanding partnerships with aging service providers, and conducting focus groups to assess aging-focused workforce needs among social workers.