Announcements

Refreshed resources page for students, researchers, and practitioners—available to nonmembers for a limited time!

Did you miss one of our summer and fall webinars? Not to worry! We’ve placed them onto our refreshed resources page. We’ve included all three of our summer webinars on caregiving in the black community by Dr. Robert Turner, nursing home social work and COVID-19 by Drs. Mercedes Bern-Klug and Nancy Kusmaul, and loneliness and social isolation among older adults during the pandemic by Dr. Marla Berg-Weger. We included this fall semester’s recording from “Compassion in action: Social workers discuss infusing compassion in aging, mental health, and public safety” in collaboration with NC State University. We’ve also included several webinars organized by our doctoral student representatives, including this fall semester’s webinars on the academic job market in difficult times and the use of social media as a digital networking tool, as well as this summer’s webinar on how to publish in our journal, the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. And there are three fantastic webinars on preparing for a position in academia, too! View on our Resources page.

JGSW call for papers: COVID-19, older adults, and professional practice 
The Journal of Gerontological Social Work (JGSW) is seeking papers related to the corona virus and COVID-19 and social work, applied social service and health professions practice. We seek research, policy analysis and commentaries that contribute to understanding the issues and addressing the needs of older adults and their families. To the extent possible, we will expedite the review process. We will move manuscripts to e-publication as soon as they are accepted; we will compile a complete issue when we have enough papers to do so. Currently Taylor & Francis is offering free access for anyone to COVID-19 peer-reviewed research. At JGSW we understand that many scholars are working remotely and under constrained conditions and appreciate the difficulty of these circumstances. This call for papers is open now with an end date of December 1, 2020. Please submit your paper at any time. Select this special issue from the drop-down menu when you submit your manuscript. If you have questions, please contact our Managing Editor, Dr. Huei-Wern Shen at HueiWerns@gmail.com or our Editor in Chief, Dr. Michelle Putnam at michelle.putnam@simmons.edu.

AGESW President’s Message in Support of Global Protests Condemning Police Brutality and Promoting Justice and Equity

AGESW president, Tam Perry, has issued a statement in support of global protests condemning police brutality, action steps to be taken by AGESW in response, and in invitation to become a member of our working group to promote justice and equity through the work of our organization.

Letter from AGESW President Tam Perry on the COVID-19 Outbreak
AGESW president, Tam Perry, has issued a statement on the COVID-19 outbreak and key considerations for gerontological social work.

Pre-Dissertation Initiative announcement
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting uncertainty regarding travel and institutional financial support, the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) will not be selecting a 2020 AGESW Pre-Dissertation Fellows cohort. We plan to resume the program for the 2021-2022 academic year and will extend eligibility to include first and second year social work doctoral students. For the upcoming year, we will plan to offer a series of free webinars to all social work doctoral students. (You do not need to be a member of AGESW to participate.) Our first was a Student Night webinar on May 7th. We will keep you updated when new webinars are scheduled.