The Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW), along with support from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the New York Community Trust (NYCT), will provide support for a cohort of twelve social work doctoral students who have completed their first year of doctoral studies. The goal of this program is to provide students with support for their dissertation process and to prepare them for an academic career in gerontological social work research and education. Recipients will receive more than ten hours of programming delivered by nationally recognized faculty who are experts in the field of gerontological social work. The Program will be delivered at the 2015 Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in Orlando, Florida. Awardees will be selected by the AGESW Pre-Dissertation Advisory Council. By May 1, 2015, applications may be submitted as one PDF file via email to Joyce McDaniel at joyce@agesw.org.

Through support provided by the University of Michigan Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work and the SSW, a 34-CEU/CME Web-Based Certificate in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice is now available.

The certificate is designed for healthcare professionals, including social workers, nurses, primary care physicians, health educators and administrators who are seeking to gain clinical knowledge and skills in person-centered assessment, care planning, and state-of-the-art intervention. Information about the certificate curriculum can be found here: http://ssw.umich.edu/offices/continuing-education/certificate-courses/clinical-dementia/curriculum-overview.

As you may know by now, Joy Ernst has stepped down as the editor of the AGESW e-newsletter. We are so grateful to her for the creative approach she took with the e-newsletter, from her wonderful Editor’s Notes to the Featured Article page.

We are pleased to announce Tam Perry as our new editor. Tam is an assistant professor at Wayne State University, School of Social Work in Detroit, MI. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan in Social Work and Anthropology and her MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the experiences of relocation on older adults and their family members, as well as on ways to enhance practitioner competency around housing transitions in older adulthood.Perry is conducting a research project to analyze relocation experiences of African Americans in and around Detroit.  This study is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health,5P30 AG015281, and the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research.  She was also recently funded by the John A. Hartford ChangeAGEnts Initiative.

The editors of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work are seeking manuscripts for a Special Issue on Aging Military Veterans. Click here for more information.