Formerly IGSW News | VOLUME 20 | JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013

From the Director

'The LearningEdge'

New Year Brings New Names, Renewed Inspiration

By Scott Miyake Geron

ScottWe begin the new year with a new name and expanded focus for our organization and this publication, and we've heard a renewed call to the work to which we have long been committed.

As I announced in September, IGSW has been renamed the Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research at Boston University. The change reflects the expansion of our mission to focus on disability as well as aging in our efforts to strengthen the social services workforce, which increasingly must provide supports and services for both groups.

The LearningEdge newsletter is here in its inaugural issue. Here you'll find a new name, and more about disability as well as aging. But you'll continue to receive the same unique combination you've told us you expect from IGSW News: a concise, clear look at relevant policy issues, practice, and innovative post-professional education and training aimed at social service professionals working with older adults, and now people with disabilities.

In his recent inaugural address, President Obama issued a renewed call that has surely inspired all who are committed to addressing the opportunities and needs of an increasingly diverse aging society. "The commitments we make to each other—through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security—these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us," he said. He also cited, at the top of his speech, the imperative of bringing down healthcare costs. I would say that 2013 looks to be an exciting and challenging new year.

Scott Miyake Geron, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research and an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Boston University.

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Scott"I would definitely recommend this program to all aging and disability services staff. The balance between aging and disability materials fits perfectly.... This program allows those working with the Aging and Disability Resource Centers in particular to better serve both our seniors and those with special needs."

―Janice F. Adams, L.C.S.W., caregiver program manager,
Central Savannah River Area Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging

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