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Boston College's Mahoney to receive GSA's 2004 Maxwell A. Pollack Award

The Gerontological Society of America

Associate Professor Kevin Mahoney of Boston College's Graduate School of Social Work has been chosen by The Gerontological Society of America to receive its 2004 Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging. This honor, given annually, recognizes instances of practice informed by research and analysis, research that directly improved policy or practice, and distinction in bridging the worlds of research and practice.

The award presentation will take place during GSA's 57th Annual Scientific Meeting, which is going to be held November 19th-23rd, 2004 in Washington, DC. The meeting is organized to foster interdisciplinary interactions among gerontological health care clinical, administrative, and research professionals. The actual conferral will occur in the Wilson B-M room of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on Sunday the 21st at 1:45 p.m.

Mahoney is renowned as a national leader in the development and evaluation of innovative programs to serve older persons. He is currently the head of the Cash and Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation project, which provides assistance and consultation to elderly individuals and their families to assist them in identifying services that best meet their needs and preferences regarding long-term care. This endeavor is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mahoney's direction has led to the successful implementation of the program in Arkansas, New Jersey and Florida. Mahoney also serves on the Advisory Board for the Boston Medical Center's Elderly Living at Home (homeless) program and The National Council on Aging's Reverse Mortgages for LTC Project expert panel.

Individuals who are mid-career and actively engaged in the conception and development of innovative programs that demonstrate excellence in translating research into practical application or policy are eligible for this prize. The winner traditionally presents a lecture at the Annual Scientific Meeting the following year. The award is made possible through a generous grant from The New York Community Trust's Maxwell A. Pollack fund.

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), founded in 1945, is the oldest and largest national multidisciplinary scientific organization devoted to the advancement of gerontological research. Its membership includes some 5,000+ researchers, educators, practitioners, and other professionals in the field of aging. The Society's principal missions are to promote research and education in aging and to encourage the dissemination of research results to other scientists, decision makers, and practitioners.

Information about the Gerontological Society of America, its awards, and its 57th Annual Scientific Meeting can be found online at http://www.geron.org.

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