From The SGS President
Over the past eighteen (18) plus months, we have been more socially isolated than at any other time in our lives. The isolation has resulted in anxiety, depression, increased use of opioids and a severe state of loneliness for many, particularly residents in long-term facilities and congregate housing settings.
According to the Pew Research Center (February, 2021), a significant number of challenges are on the horizon as a result of the need to re-evaluate negative changes and make adaptations for a future driven by technology. Additionally, the reliance or dependence on technology and a virtual environment will likely persist well into the future, at the local, state, regional, national, as well as international/global levels. Enhancements of broadband capabilities will be the driving force in education, employment, as well as social settings. Subsequently, the technology environment will influence positive changes in health care and other areas.
The COVID-19 Pandemic presented challenges to gerontology professionals predicated on significant changes that are quite evident in the areas of education, research and practice. However, the major questions are: a) Where are we now? b) Where do we go from here? Currently, we are functioning in the New Normal. However, lessons learned from the pandemic opened the door for opportunities to Master the Challenges of Aging with Dignity and Style. Opportunities have been provided for us to rise above many difficulties and strive for renewed hope.
Aging with dignity and style involves facing challenges; using lemons to make lemonade and turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones. It also involves facing situations and fixing them, adjusting sails to navigate through strong winds, and finding peace and contentment in the midst of change and challenges. These vivid descriptions are the epitome of Mastering the Challenges of Aging with Dignity and Style.
We must reach beyond the ordinary to achieve the extraordinary. Success in life is not reliant on our income, rather how we overcome. Approaching life’s challenges one day at a time provides the opportunity for enjoyment of each moment, of every day. Positive energy must be exerted to avoid dwelling on the past, clouding today and blocking our vision of tomorrow.
Aging can be as beautiful as the fall season with the changing of the leaves. Fall has its purpose, and so does aging. The wisdom we accumulate as we mature is vital in guiding and directing younger generations. The resolve that we garner from our lived experiences, while Mastering the Challenges of Aging with Dignity and Style should be packaged and imparted to others!
Althea Taylor Jones, PhD
Retired Professor/Gerontology Program Administrator
SGS Supports Research
SGS is happy to support our members and friends who are conducting human subjects’ research. Would it help you to promote your study and recruit participants via the SGS newsletter, social media outlets, and website? If so, here is your opportunity.
For SGS members, there will not be a fee. Newsletter and website placement fee for not-for-profit organizations that are not SGS members is $50.00; undergraduate and graduate students’ listings are free, but must have faculty advisor that is a SGS member.
Your research description is featured in 2 successive issues of our newsletter, the Southern Gerontologist; researcher should identify length of time to promote the research opportunity; listings/postings are limited to approx. 250 words, excluding title and link(s).
Your research description remains on our website for 6 months; provide IRB approved document/flyer.
SGS can invoice you for the fee. Please contact SGS Executive Director, Lee Ann Ferguson at 866-920-4660 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on submitting your posting.
Endorsement of studies by the Southern Gerontological Society is neither expressed nor implied.
Executive Summary of SGS Research & Service Priorities
In 2018, the Survey Subcommittee of the SGS Development Committee disseminated a survey to current and previous membership. The goal was to obtain a consensus on what respondents felt were the most important issues faced by older adults in the South, to help establish a regional agenda for SGS with particular focus on research and service priorities. This report details findings from the research priorities component of the survey.
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We'd like to offer you the opportunity to become a member of one of the most respected groups of gerontology professionals in the Southern region – The Southern Gerontological Society.
SGS members make a difference by continually providing professionals in the aging network with access to the latest research and a forum for discussing important practical issues relating to older adults in our area.
As part of your membership benefits, you will receive two excellent publications, the Journal of Applied Gerontology, and the Southern Gerontologist.