News and Events

In Memoriam

The Section is saddened to announce the passing of two long-time, dedicated Section members, Steve Wallace and Marilyn Hennessy.

Remembering Steve Wallace

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend, Steve Wallace, on March 30, 2021. It is hard to put into words the impact of this loss. Steve’s immeasurable influence on the field of aging and public health cannot be understated. He was a tireless champion for immigrant rights and did so much to advance minority aging research. He gave this time and energy generously to students, mentees, colleagues, and friends.

If you didn’t know Steve through academic circles, you might have known him through our Section. He was a past Chair, long-time member, and he always brought the best and most creative energy to all our section activities. Ask him to participate in a mentoring session? He would do it. Sell raffle tickets to raise funds? He was on it. Organize the funniest auction/social any Section has ever seen? He was our guy. Ensure the financial security of our section? He did the work. Some were skeptical about having a virtual social at the APHA conference last year but Steve pulled it off and exceeded all expectations. Of course he did. Our Section will truly not be the same without him

As we process this news as a community, some will ask how we can best support his family during this difficult time. Once we have information about this we will pass it along. In the near future, we will also be thinking of ways for our Section to honor Steve’s legacy.

In the meantime, if you would like to share stories and memories about Steve, please feel free to post them here: https://padlet.com/annielng/SteveWallace

Remembering Marilyn Hennessy

We mourn the loss of another long-time section member, Marilyn Hennessy. Marilyn was a trailblazer at the Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) and served as the Foundation’s first CEO and President. It was thanks to her vision that we have our Section’s master’s and doctoral student awards. For her leadership in the field, Marilyn was awarded with the Philip G. Weiler Leadership Award (then called the Gerontological Health Section Leadership Award) in 2002. Marilyn will be missed by many and our Section is forever grateful to her for her contributions. The RRF statement can be read here: https://www.rrf.org/mh-tribute/

Reports and Downloads

Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging: Workshop Summary
This summary from the National Academies Press is available as a free download.

The State of Aging and Health in American 2013 (PDF)

This is the sixth volume of a series that presents a snapshot of the health and aging landscape in the United States. The series presents the most current information and statistics on the health of older adults. Supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the report focuses on the health of adults ages 65 years or older in the United States.

The Healthy Brain Initiative's (HBI) State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia, The 2018-2023 Road Map

This document from the Alzheimer's Association and CDC focuses on the role that state and local public health agencies and partners can play in promoting cognitive functioning, addressing cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, and helping meet the needs of caregivers.

Multiple Chronic Conditions Among Adults Aged 45 and Over: Trends Over the Past 10 Years

Studies suggest that the presence of multiple chronic conditions adds a layer of complexity to disease management; recently the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established a strategic framework for improving the health of this population. This report presents estimates of the population ages 45 and over with two or more of nine self-reported chronic conditions: hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, current asthma and kidney disease.