This year, IMPAQ is sponsoring the 7th Annual Gerontologists Giving Back Service Event, an annual volunteer opportunity held in conjunction with the Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) Annual Scientific Meeting. Gerontologists Giving Back was co-founded by IMPAQ Research Associate Dr. Leanne Clark-Shirley, who has been co-coordinating it with Dr. Sarah Canham since 2008.
Since 2008, Gerontologists Giving Back has worked with GSA to offer meeting attendees the chance to lend a helping hand to the conference destination community. Their services have included rebuilding a home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, serving meals at a congregate nutrition site, and providing cleaning and handyman services in older adults’ homes.
“It's wonderful to see this event grow,” said Dr. Clark-Shirley. “Every year, no matter what kinds of activities we do, there is such a feeling of camaraderie and pride. It's a nice complement to all of the other benefits of attending GSA.”
This year, Gerontologists Giving Back is partnering with Meals on Wheels, Etc. to engage in outdoor projects including raking leaves, trimming, weeding, and planting. By assisting seniors with home maintenance, they can help them remain in their own homes and local communities and continue to live their lives with as much independence as possible. Not only are home maintenance services a critical piece of older adults’ social safety net, but they also enhance quality of life.
This sponsorship is a part of IMPAQ Corporate Social Responsibility effort. IMPAQ is committed to helping those in need through our work, but that commitment does not end at the doors of our offices. We recognize how fortunate we are to have a team that is dedicated to making an impact on the world around them. That is why we are also dedicated to empowering our employees with the tools they need to make an impact in their own communities and beyond.
IMPAQ at GSA
GSA brings together more than 4,000 professionals in the field of aging. They participate in more than 450 scientific sessions including symposia, paper, and poster presentations. The 2015 theme is “Aging as a Lifelong Process,” which highlights the fact that what gerontologists study is actually the cumulative outcome of lifelong events that culminate during old age.