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New Name, Same Job for IGSW News

By Scott Miyake Geron

ScottIn the last issue, I announced that IGSW has been renamed the Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research at Boston University, reflecting the evolution of our mission over the past several years to focus on disability as well as aging. We remain committed, as always, to strengthening the social services workforce for a diverse aging society and to promoting the development of social work in this vital area of practice. Our name change and expanded focus are based in part on the growing movement to integrate supports and services for older adults and people with disabilities and on our efforts to meet the corresponding education and training needs of workers and providers who increasingly serve both groups.

IGSW News is changing too. The new name of the newsletter will be introduced in our next issue, and you'll see more about people with disabilities. But we will retain the current format and stick to the newsletter's original purpose: For professionals interested in increasing knowledge and improving skills for care of older adults (and now, people with disabilities), the publication will examine relevant policy issues, practice, and innovative post-professional education and training. The goal is to do so in a way that is timely, authoritative, and useful to our readers.

For a look at where we've been, the "Issues and Views" section presents archived articles from a range of practice and policy topics IGSW News has addressed over the past couple of years. John Rother offers an inside take on the politics of healthcare costs, including Medicare and Medicaid; Jill Abrams admonishes fellow social workers to put their "client skills" to use in work with colleagues; and Lee Ellenberg shares the secrets of a successful community-based intervention that screens elders for substance abuse. Current "News to Note" items put results of post-election polls in perspective and report on new grants for local Aging and Disability Resource Centers.

What do you think? As we begin our next phase as the Center, we ask you to participate in a reader survey. Please spend five minutes and let us know how IGSW News can do a better job of keeping you informed.

Scott Miyake Geron, Ph.D., is director of IGSW and an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Boston University.

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