GSA 2018 Miami Student, Faculty, and Staff Events and Presentations

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary scientific organization devoted to the advancement of gerontological research, learning, and practice. Through its Annual Scientific Meeting, GSA offers nearly 4,000 international professionals in the field of aging the opportunity to learn the latest trends and development from industry leaders, build strategic partnerships to address aging challenges, and network with peers.

Thirty-four Miami University Gerontology faculty, research staff, graduate students, and collaborating alumni will present at the GSA 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, MA., November 14 – 18, 2018.


Italic: Current or Former Miami Gerontology Graduate Student
Bold: Scripps Staff, Scripps Fellow, or Gerontology Faculty


12:30pm-2:00pm | 210 (CC) BSS (#540)

  • Religious Attendance as a Predictor of Friendship Network Size and Quality, A. L. Curl, S. Aurand, J. Trauth

12:30pm-2:00pm | Beacon B (S) SRPP (#550)

  • Our Family, Our Way: Impact of a Structured Guide on Family Caregiving Communication Barriers, J. L. Heston, K. McGrew, N. M. Hicks

2:30pm-4:00pm | 206 (CC) BSS (#635)
  • “When Will This Nonsense End?”: Barriers to Implementing the PELI Among Ohio NHs, K. M. Abbott, K. Leser, M. Liddic, J. K. Straker, K. S. Van Haitsma
  • “A Bone of Contention . . .”: Barriers and Situational Dependencies to Food Preferences of Nursing Home Residents, C. Goldstein, K. M. Abbott, L. R. Bangerter, A. Kotterman, K. S. Van Haitsma
  • A Machine Learning Recommender System to Tailor Preference Assessments to Enhance Person-Centered Care Among Nursing Home Residents, G. Gannod, K. M. Abbott, K. S. Van Haitsma

4:30pm-6:00pm | 107 (CC) BSS (#720)

  • “That’s My Plan. Let’s Hope That’s What Happens”: LGBTQ Older Women’s Expectations and Desires for End-of-Life Care, K. Valenti

4:30pm-6:00pm | Clarendon (S) SRPP (#795)

  • Predicting the Risk of Long-Term Nursing Home Admission Over Time: The Impact of Network Size and Composition, A. Restorick Roberts, A. L. Curl, K. M. Abbott

6:00pm-8:00pm | Hall C (CC) SRPP (#860)

  • 226 Something to (Not) Talk About: Quantifying Older Drivers’ Discussions About a Nondriving Future, A. C. Harmon, G. Babulal, J. Vivoda, B. Zikmund-Fisher

6:00pm-8:00pm | Hall C (CC) SRPP (#865)

  • Assessing How Care Recipients’ Ability to Drive Affects Their Caregivers’ Lives, J. Vivoda, M. McGuire

6:00pm-8:00pm | Hall C (CC) SRPP (#870)

  • Assessing Healthy Aging Among Older Adults in China, S. Tham, Y. Chen, L. Li, J. Zhang, S. McLaughlin

6:00pm-8:00pm | Hall C (CC) (#880)

  • An International Comparison of Participation in Lifelong Learning and Problem Solving Abilities for Older Workers, A. K. Harrington, C. C. Nwakasi, P. A. Cummins, T. Yamashita


12:00pm-1:30pm | 101 (CC) BSS (#1035)

  • The Impact of Preference-Based, Person-Centered Care on Quality and Satisfaction Outcomes, K. M. Abbott, Anjali B.K., A. Raymore, J. K. Straker, K. Van Haitsma

12:00pm-1:30pm | Back Bay B (S) SRPP (#1110)

  • Managed Long-Term Services and Supports: Real Innovation or Just Ideology?, B. Applebaum

12:00pm-1:30pm | Back Bay D (S) SRPP (#1120)


1:00pm-3:00pm | Hall C (CC) BSS (#1205)

  • Adult Childrens Education and Parents Diabetes Self-Care Behaviors in Mexico, W. De León, S. McLaughlin
  • Cumulative Exposure to Air Pollution and Subsequent Mortality Among Older Adults in China, J. Zhang, S. McLaughlin, L. Li

1:00pm-3:00pm | Hall C (CC) SRPP (#1250)

  • Employers and Older Workers: Changing Attitudes in a Changing Economy, P. A. Cummins, K. McGrew
  • Strategies Community Colleges Use to Improve Labor Market Outcomes for Older Workers: Barriers and Opportunities, O. Dikhtyar, P. A. Cummins, K. McGrew

1:00pm-3:00pm | Hall C (CC) SRPP (#1265)

  • The Impact of Family Satisfaction: Informed Choices for Consumers and Improvement Opportunities for Nursing Homes, K. Valenti, O. Dikhtyar, J. K. Straker

3:30pm-5:00pm | Beacon D (S) SRPP (#1365)

  • Moving Beyond Plans for Emergency Preparedness: Organizational Resilience in Residential Care Facilities, K. Kennedy, C. Hua, M. Nelson

5:30pm-7:00pm | Beacon B (S) SRPP (#1515)

  • Family Satisfaction With Nursing Home Care: Findings and Implications From Two State Comparison, T. Shippee, W. Ng, A. Restorick Roberts, J. Bowblis

5:30pm-7:00pm | Beacon D (S) SRPP (#1520)

  • (Re)Education at Midlife: The Meaning and Impact of Time Elapsed and Time Left, K. McGrew, P. A. Cummins, A. Arbogast
  • Older Workers and Digitalization: Opportunities and Challenges for Lifelong Learning, A. Arbogast, P. A. Cummins, K. McGrew

1:00pm-3:00pm | Hall C (CC) (#1583)

  • Identifying Preferences for Everyday Living in Home Health Care: Recommendations from an Expert Panel, A. Yevchak Sillner, H. G. Buck, K. S. Van Haitsma, L. Behrens, K. M. Abbott

9:00pm-Midnight | Salon F, Boston Marriott Copley Place


8:00am-9:30am | 102 (CC) BSS (#1590)

  • Family Caregiving and All-Cause Mortality: A Meta-Analysis of 12 Longitudinal Population-Based Studies, N. Mehri, J. M. Kinney, M. Rajabi Rostam

8:00am-9:30am | 206 (CC) ID (#1635)

  • Understanding Differential Use of In-Home Services and Nursing Home Care by Race and Dementia Diagnosis, B. Applebaum, M. Nelson

8:00am-9:30am | Beacon B (S) SRPP (#1670)

  • Antipsychotics and Psychoactive Polypharmacy: Does Response to CMS Strategies Vary by Nursing Facility Payer-Mix?, J. A. Lucas, J. Bowblis

8:00am-9:30am | Commonwealth (S) SRPP (#1690)

  • Upgrading Credentials and Skills to Ensure Employability Today and Tomorrow, P. A. Cummins, S. Kunkel, T. Yamashita

1:00pm-3:00pm | Hall C (CC) BSS (#1735)

  • Life-Course Determinants of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Do State Cigarette Taxes Matter?, C. Hua, N. Sun, M. Nguyen, S. Brown

1:00pm-3:00pm | Hall C (CC) BSS (#1750)

  • Marital Quality and Depressive Symptom Trajectories: A Latent Growth Curve Analysis of Older Couples, J. R. Bulanda, T. Yamashita, S. Brown

1:00pm-3:00pm | Hall C (CC) SRPP (#1785)

  • Challenges of Adult Guardianship, C. C. Nwakasi, A. Restorick Roberts

1:00pm-3:00pm | Hall C (CC) SRPP (#1800)

  • A Longitudinal Examination of Culture Change Within Ohio Long-Term Care Facilities, A. K. Harrington, J. K. Straker
  • Person-Centered Care Is All About the People, J. K. Straker
  • Will She Stay or Will She Go? Facility-Level Impacts on Nurse Aides’ Retention and Turnover Rates in Ohio Nursing Homes, K. Kennedy, B. Applebaum, J. Bowblis

1:00pm-3:00pm | Hall C (CC) SRPP (#1805)

  • Closing the Loop Between Primary Care and Community Service Delivery Systems for Older Adults, E. T. Jurkowski, S. Smaga, R. Heitkamp, M. Nelson

3:00pm-4:30pm | 102 (CC) BSS (#1820)

  • The Social Worker Effect on the Psychosocial Functioning of Nursing Home Residents, J. Bowblis, A. Restorick Roberts, A. Smith

3:00pm-4:30pm | 210 (CC) BSS (#1885)

  • Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words? Factors That Change How Objective Predict Subjective Driving Behaviors, J. Vivoda, L. J. Molnar, D. W. Eby, S. Bogard, D. LeBlanc, C. DiGuiseppi, J. Zakrasek, R. M. St. Louis

5:00pm-6:30pm | Summer Shack, 50 Dalton Street, Boston

5:00pm-6:30pm | Back Bay D (S) SRPP (#2045)

  • National Family Caregiver Support Program Process Evaluation: A Review of Program Operations, C. Gruman, A. Tomisek, J. Robison, N. Shugrue, S. Kunkel, J. K. Straker, S. Jenkins

5:00pm-6:30pm | Liberty Ballroom B (S) SRPP (#2090)

  • Racial Disparities in Quality of Life for Nursing Home Residents, T. Shippee, W. Ng, J. Bowblis, V. Cooke


1:00pm-3:00pm | Hall C (CC) BSS (#2250)

  • Not Giving up the Caddy: The Impact of Wealth on Driving Modification and Cessation, R. Walker, J. Vivoda

1:00pm-3:00pm | Hall C (CC) SRPP (#2300)

  • What Could Be Influencing Older Ghanaians Outpatient Care Utilization?, C. C. Nwakasi, S. Brown

1:00pm-3:00pm | Hall C (CC) SRPP (# 295)

  • Improving Health Outcomes: Role of Partnerships Between Community-Based Organizations and Health Care Entities, S. Kunkel, J. K. Straker, M. Kaschak 

Italic: Current or Former Miami Gerontology Graduate Student
Bold: Scripps Staff, Scripps Fellow, or Gerontology Faculty

To view the entire GSA meeting program, visit the 2018 GSA meeting program webpage.