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Faculty Research Spotlights

Gerontology Research at Georgia State

In 2011, the leading edge of the Baby Boom Generation turned 65. By 2030 about 20% of Americans, over 70 million people, will be 65 or older. By 2050 older adults will outnumber youth globally for the first time in history. Understanding and preparing to serve the needs of this aging population are the most important challenges of the 21st Century. The Gerontology Institute addresses these challenges through engaging in the interdisciplinary study of aging and the development and coordination of research at GSU.

Much of the research of our faculty addresses issues of:

(1) Housing and Long-term Care

Where do older adults live? How much control do they have over their living arrangements? How can we improve the quality and quantity of options available to older adults? . Currently our core and affiliate faculty engage in research on Assisted Living, Public Housing for Older Adults, Naturally Occuring Retirement Communities (NORCs), and Retirement Housing. Important Publications by Gerontology Faculty on these issues include:

Ball, M. M., Perkins, M. M., Hollingsworth, C., & Kemp, C. L. (Eds.) (2010) Frontline Workers in Assisted Living. Johns Hopkins University Press.

 
Kemp, C. L., Luo, Shanzhen, & Ball, M.M. (2010) “Meds are a real tricky area: Examining medication management and regulation in assisted living facilities. Journal of Applied Gerontology

 
Kemp, C.L., Ball, M.M., Hollingsworth, C., Perkins, M.M., & Lepore, M.J.(2009) “I get along with most of them”: Direct care workers‟ relationships with residents‟ families in assisted living. The Gerontologist, 49, 224-235.

Ball, M.M., Lepore, M.J., Perkins, M.M., Hollingsworth, C., & Sweatman, M. (2009) “They are the reason I come to work”: The meaning of resident-staff relationships in assisted living. Journal of Aging Studies, 23 (1), 37-47.

Zhan, Heying Jenny, Feng, Xiaotian & Luo, Baozhen. (2008). Placing elderly parents in institutions in urban China: A reinterpretation of filial piety. Research on Aging 30 (5): 543-571.

(2) Families, Caregiving, and Intergenerational Relationships

As a result of longer life spans, our family relationships are lasting longer than ever before. Our core affiliate faculty members are exploring the needs and relationships as they age. Important publications include:

Kemp, Candace L. (2008). Negotiating transitions in later life: Married couples in assisted living. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 27 (3): 231-251.

Donnelly, D. and Burgess, E. O. (2008). The decision to remain in an involuntary celibate relationship. Journal of Marriage and Families., 70 (2), 519-535.

Connidis, Ingrid Arnet, & Candace L. Kemp (2008). Negotiating actual and anticipated parental support: Multiple sibling voices in three-generation families. Journal of Aging Studies, 22: 229-238.

King, S.V., Burgess, E.O., Akinyela, M., Counts-Spriggs, M. & Parker, N. The Religious Dimensions of the Grandparent Role in Three-generation African American Households. Journal of Religion, Spirituality, & Aging, 19 (1): 75-96.

(3) Diversity and Aging

As we move into the 21st Century, the aging population is more diverse than ever. The Gerontology Institute has put issues of minority aging populations at the center of its research agenda. In addition to exploring diversity aging populations in the U.S., our faculty researches issues of aging from a global perspective. Here are some recent publications by our faculty:

Tyvimaa, Tanja, & Candace L. Kemp (2010). Finnish seniors‟ move to a senior house: Examining the push and pull factors. Journal of Housing and the Elderly.

Zhang, Gehui, & Zhan, Heying Jenny. (2009). Beyond the bible and the cross: a social and cultural analysis of Chinese elders’ participation in Christian congregations in the United States. Sociological Spectrum, 29(2), 295-317.

Ball, M. M. et al. (2005) Communities of Care: Assisted Living for African American Elders. Johns Hopkins University Press.

King, S.V., Burgess, E.O., Akinyela, M., Counts-Spriggs, M. & Parker, N. (2006). The Religious Dimensions of the Grandparent Role in Three-generation African American Households. Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 19 (1) 75-96.