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Momentum Discussions

All Momentum Discussions are held on Thursday, November 11 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET

Risk Communication for Vaccine Preventable Illnesses:  Addressing Concerns, Facilitating Behavior Change

Communicating effectively with older adults about risk requires an understanding of biases, perceptions and how we learn from science.  This Momentum Discussion will delve into what is known about infectious disease and prevention communication, how to facilitate uptake of preventive health services, and how can we improve education in prevention.  The panel will utilize case studies to showcase how to improve the practice of recommending and following through on preventive services.

Panelist Biographies and Discussion Resources


Robin L. P. Jump, MD, PhD - Moderator
Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System, Associate Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP
Professor, University of Maryland
Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology

Aaron Scherer, PhD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa
Director of the Healthcare and Public Perceptions of Immunizations (HaPPI) Survey Collaborative

Supported by Johnson & Johnson Health Sciences, Inc.

Fostering Resilience and Fighting Poverty

The experiences of low-income older adults are diverse and multifaceted, many playing critical roles in their families and communities. Yet, negative perceptions and stereotypes lead to discrimination and exclusion that hinders their ability to engage in their communities and pursue economic opportunities. What if instead, we saw low-income older adults as contributors to their families, neighborhoods and communities?  And, what if we empowered individuals to reach their goals, lean into their own motivations, and build meaningful relationships in their communities?

This Momentum Discussion will include a conversation with expert leaders discussing ways to foster personal and community resilience – a key component to building pathways to economic opportunity for low-income older adults. Speakers will discuss three powerful tools in building resilience: Hope, Income and Social Connections.


Lisa Marsh Ryerson - Moderator
President of AARP Foundation

Valerie Maholmes, Ph.D., CAS,
Researcher and Author of “Fostering Resilience and Well-Being in Children and Families in Poverty: Why Hope Still Matters”

Maria Flynn
President and CEO, Jobs for the Future

Risa Wilkerson
Executive Director of Healthy Places by Design

Supported by AARP Foundation

Long-term Care and Infection Control: Doing it Differently

The global COVID-19 pandemic put infection control and long-term care facilities  at the forefront of public dialogue. The pandemic presented a perfect storm of a highly contagious disease and ageist decisions that resulted in providing limited treatment options. As the pandemic continued, issues of community infection rates, higher than usual staff turnover, and social isolation continued to present challenges to appropriate and effective care in long-term care facilities. And as COVID-19 vaccines were created and rolled out, new federal models of vaccine delivery created opportunities and challenges.  Recognizing that little was known about COVID-19 in the early months of the pandemic, outbreaks of other infectious diseases are not new to long-term care facilities. Influenza presents a yearly challenge – outbreaks shut down facilities, staff vaccination rates continually remain low, and the use of enhanced influenza vaccine product that better protects older adults compared with standard dose is modest. And, unfortunately, influenza and pneumonia continue to represent the eighth leading cause of death in the US and disproportionately affect older adults, specifically those residing in long-term care facilities. Despite evidence that enhanced influenza vaccines are more effective in preventing disease and also provide a higher return on investment in maintaining the health of older adults, interest in learning about vaccines among long-term care staff and advocates has been limited.

Panelist Biographies and Discussion Resources


Stefan Gravenstein, MD - Moderator
David S. Greer Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Director, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care
Brown University

Carolyn Blackman, MD
Senior Vice President Medical Affairs
Genesis Healthcare

H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH
Cofounder and Partner of Insight Therapeutics.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Supporter by Sanofi

The Evolving and Essential Role of Interdisciplinary Care of the Mouth, Ears and Eyes of Older Adults

This Momentum Discussion will address the pivotal topics that are driving changes to management of the mouth, ears, and eyes of older adults.  The panel will also address how an interdisciplinary team can be instrumental in providing high quality care.

Panelist Biographies and Discussion Resources


Tricia Neuman, Sc.D. - Moderator
Senior Vice President
Executive Director, Program on Medicare Policy and Senior Advisor to the President
Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington, DC

Frank Robert Lin, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Michèle J. Saunders, DMD, MS, MPH, FGSA
Adjunct Professor and Director
South Texas Geriatrics Education Collaborative
Departments of Psychiatry and Periodontics
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA)
GSA Past-president

Kira N. Baldonado, MPH
Vice President of Public Health and Policy
Prevent Blindness

Supported by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare

Exploring the Economic Contributions of People 50 and Over and the Business Case and Innovative Best Practices for Supporting Healthy Longevity

In the first half of this session AARP and Economist Impact (formerly The Economist Intelligence Unit) will explore the economic contribution of people age 50 and older—specifically in the US context—encompassing their participation in the labor force, support of economic growth and job creation, donation of time and money to charitable causes, and provision of caregiving support for family and friends. Furthermore, we will discuss the economic benefit of supporting working family caregivers and the economic cost of racial/ethnic disparities in life expectancy in the US, based on findings from two counterfactual scenario analyses.

Following the first part of the discussion, which establishes the business case for why it is important to support healthy aging and close gaps in life expectancy, the second half of the session will feature a panel discussion about innovative/leading practices from across the globe. These practices are highlighted in the latest Aging Readiness & Competitiveness report (ARC 3.0 report) and have emerged in a variety of contexts to provide better and more equal and accessible access to care. The panel will also share key takeaways from the ARC 3.0 report on how society as a whole can drive innovations in elevating healthcare and wellness.

Panelist Biographies and Discussion Resources


Erwin J. Tan, MD - Moderator
Director of Thought Leadership Health

Matt Terry
Senior Analyst, Policy & Insights Team
Economist Impact

Yuxin Lin
Senior Manager, Policy & Insights Team
Economist Impact

Peter Rundlet
Vice President
AARP International

Supported by AARP

A Better, New Normal for Covid 19 Vaccine Distribution and Administration

Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 are safe and highly effective and have lowered COVID-19 disease burden. Yet getting vaccine to vulnerable populations remains a challenge. What can we learn from our experience in vaccinating homebound older adults? How can we boost vaccine uptake among long-term care staff? This Momentum Discussion will review progress in achieving a “better, new normal” for vaccination of hard-to-reach populations.

Panelist Biographies and Discussion Resources


Steven M. Albert, PhD, MS, FGSA – Moderator
Professor and Chair of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
and Philip B. Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice
University of Pittsburgh, USA
Innovation in Aging

R. Gordon Douglas, MD
Professor Emeritus of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
Former President
Merck Vaccine Division

Theresa (Terri) Harvath, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
GSA President and Board Chair
Professor and the Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
University of California, Davis

Jasmine L. Travers, PhD, MHS, RN, AGPCNP-BC
Assistant Professor of Nursing
New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Supported by the GSA National Adult Vaccination Program



The Gerontological Society of America is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. GSA’s principal mission — and that of our 5,500 members — is to promote the study of aging and disseminate information to scientists, decision makers, and the general public. Founded in 1945, GSA is the driving force behind advancing innovation in aging — both domestically and internationally. Our members come from more than 50 countries. To further fulfill our mission, GSA assembles more than 3,500 professionals from around the world to an Annual Scientific Meeting. This monumental event now features more than 500 sessions each year. Additionally, we publish the field’s preeminent peer-reviewed journals.



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