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Journal of Applied Gerontology

Published in Association with Southern Gerontological Society

eISSN: 15524523 | ISSN: 07334648 | Current volume: 43 | Current issue: 6 Frequency: Monthly
Journal of Applied Gerontology provides an international forum for information that has clear and immediate applicability to the health, care, and quality of life of older persons. Each issue brings you the latest research and analysis from the field—and helps you apply it to your everyday practice.

Comprehensive Coverage

Journal of Applied Gerontology publishes articles in all subdisciplines of gerontology whose findings, conclusions, or suggestions have clear and sometimes immediate applicability to the problems encountered by older persons, as well as articles that inform research and the development of interventions. Read original studies by distinguished authors with comprehensive coverage of areas of gerontological practice and policy including:

  • Caregiving
  • Exercise
  • Death and dying
  • Physical activity
  • Ethnicity and aging
  • Technology and care
  • Advance directives
  • Housing
  • Long-term services and supports
  • Home and community-based services 
  • Mental health
  • Retirement planning
  • Sexuality
  • Volunteering
  • Driving and transportation
  • Frontline care workers
  • Ageism

Discussions, Information, and Ideas

Unique in focus, Journal of Applied Gerontology fills a void in the existing literature on gerontology by continually enhancing the dissemination and utilization of knowledge in this fast-growing field. The journal publishes findings, recommendations, and promising ideas which have significance for older persons everywhere. Offering you more than thought-provoking articles and in-depth Special Issues, each volume features a range of discussions, information and ideas, including

  • An annual title/author index for easy reference
  • Contributions from leading researchers in the field
  • Methods for applying research to practice

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Journal of Applied Gerontology is the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society. Journal of Applied Gerontology features articles that focus on research applications intended to improve the health and quality of life of older persons or to enhance our understanding of age-related issues that will eventually lead to such outcomes. We construe application to include original investigations or meta-analyses/systematic reviews that have significant clinical, policy, and/or practice implications. Rigorous studies of theoretical, conceptual, or methodological issues pertaining to research application are also welcome.

Journal of Applied Gerontology is also highlighting submissions in three areas that will advance the state-of-the-art in applied gerontological/geriatric research:


  1. studies that employ mixed methodologies (i.e., the integration of qualitative and quantitative data);
  2. efforts that translate evidence-based research to clinical practice; and
  3. policy evaluations that apply evaluation principles and methods to examine the implementation and effectiveness of a government or institutional policy or program.


Because the circulation and intended audience of the Journal of Applied Gerontology is global and diverse, contributions from international scholars and across disciplines are encouraged.

Editor in Chief
Debra Dobbs School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, USA
Honorary Editors-in-Chief
Malcolm P. Cutchin, 2007-2011 Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, USA
Joseph E. Gaugler, 2011-2017 University of Minnesota, USA
Wiley P. Mangum, 1982-1985 University of South Florida, USA
William J. McCauley, 1992-1995 George Mason University, USA
Jim Mitchell, 2003-2007 East Carolina University, USA
Larry L. Mullins, 1999-2003 Auburn University, USA
Thomas A. Rich, 1982-1985 (deceased) University of South Florida, USA
Julie T. Robison, 2017-2023 University of Connecticut, USA
Graham D. Rowles, 1995-1999 University of Kentucky, USA
Miles E. Simpson, 1986-1992 North Carolina Central University, USA
Managing Editor
Jessica Yauk University of South Florida, USA
Book Review Associate Editor
Ellen Brown Florida International University, USA
Associate Editor
Ishan C. Williams University of Virginia, USA
Lindsay Peterson University of South Florida, USA
Ganesh Babulal Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Carrie Henning-Smith University of Minnesota USA
Christopher M. Kelly University of Nebraska Omaha, USA
Hongdao Meng University of South Florida, USA
Molly Perkins Emory University School of Medicine, USA
Editorial Board
Kathleen Abrahamson College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA
Keith A. Anderson University of Mississippi, USA
Robert Applebaum Miami University, USA
Liat Ayalon Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Alexis Bender Emory University, USA
Caroline Bergeron Public Health Agency of Canada, Canada
Diane Berish Pennsylvania State University, USA
Laura Brown University of Manchester, UK
Julia Burgdorf The Center for Home Care Policy & Research at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, USA
Eilon Caspi University of Connecticut, USA
Nicholas Castle West Virginia University, USA
Susan M. Chambre Baruch College, USA
Lin Chen Fudan University, China
David A. Chiriboga University of South Florida, USA
Namkee Choi University of Texas at Austin, USA
Constance Coogle Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Jennifer Craft Morgan Georgia State University, USA
Malcolm P. Cutchin Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, USA
Sara S. Czaja Weill Cornell Medicine, USA
Holly Dabelko-Schoeny Ohio State University, USA
Walter Dawson Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, USA
Unai Diaz-Orueta Maynooth University, Ireland
David Dosa Brown University, USA
Elise Eifert University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Fayron Epps Emory University, USA
Chanee Fabius Johns Hopkins University, USA
Mary Gallant University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
R. Turner Goins Western Carolina University, USA
Ann Gruber-Baldini University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA
Cindy Gruman Westat, Inc., USA
M. Aaron Guest Arizona State University, USA
John Harris University of Pittsburgh, USA
Karen B. Hirschman University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, USA
Cassandra L. Hua University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
Sean Huang Georgetown University, USA
Sclinda Janssen University of North Dakota, USA
Shannon Jarrott The Ohio State Univeristy, USA
Candace Kemp Georgia State University, USA
Laura Keyes University of North Texas, USA
Jennifer Kinney Miami University, USA
Mariya Kovaleva University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA
Jung Kwak The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Yeonjung Lee Chung-Ang University, South Korea
Jane Lowers Emory University, USA
Nan Lu Renmin University, China
Terry Lum The University of Hong Kong, China
Heather Menne Miami University, USA
Pamela Nadash University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
Nan Sook Park University of South Florida, USA
Cynthia Peden-McAlpine University of Minnesota, USA
Jason L. Powell University of Liverpool, UK
Minakshi Raj University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
R. Colin Reid University of British Columbia, Canada
Julie T. Robison, 2017-2023 University of Connecticut, USA
Graham Rowles University of Kentucky, USA
Miriam Ryvicker Visiting Nurse Service of New York, USA
Hari Sharma University of Iowa, USA
Jane Strommen North Dakota State University, USA
Allison Warren VA Connecticut/Yale University, USA
Judith Weissman New York University, USA
Bei Wu New York University, USA
Jong-Sung Yoon University of South Dakota, USA
Faika Zanjani Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Statistical Advisors
Rebecca Abbott University of Exeter, UK
Diane Berish Pennsylvania State University, USA
Grace Caskie Lehigh University, USA
Angela Curl Miami University, USA
Cynthia Gruman Westat Inc., USA
Zachary Hass Purdue University, USA
Dylan Jester VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA
Richard Jones Brown University, USA
George A. Kelley West Virginia University, USA
Heejung Kim Yonsei University, Korea
Janine Krüger Nelson Mandela University, South Africa
Chia-ling Kuo University of Connecticut, USA
Ka Keat Lim King's College, London, UK
Nan Lu Renmin University, China
Ryan McGrath North Dakota State University, USA
George Papandonatos Brown University, USA
Anna Rubtsova Emory University, USA
Jeffrey Stokes University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
Jonathon Vivoda Miami University, USA
Bomikazi Zeka University of Canberra, Australia
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