Hi everyone,

Kate Davidson and I want to welcome everyone who is attending the GSA annual meeting, which begins this coming weekend.  We have a good number of sessions examining different aspects of men's lives.  Below is an listing of some of the session; we were also able to get this info to the GSA staff in time for them to include the four-page summary in everyone's the registration packet.

I encourage you to try to make the Interest Group meeting Saturday evening -- 5:30 to 7:00 pm in Grand Ballroom IV.  We will have a wine & cheese reception before the "business meeting."

See you soon,

Edward H. Thompson, Jr., Ph.D.
Director, Gerontology Studies Program
Professor and Chair
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Holy Cross College
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
508-793-3468         508-793-3709 fax
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A number of poster, symposium, and paper presentations at the 2005 GSA conference examine the lives of elderly men.  This list is not all-inclusive but it can provide conference participants interested in gender and especially the social worlds of old men a listing of many of this year's presentations.

The Men's Issues Interest Group business meeting and reception on will take place on Saturday, November 19, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in Grand Ballroom IV.  You are cordially invited.

SATURDAY, November 19
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Poster Session,   Crystal Ballroom H
   *(1030) Characterizing Single Muscle Fiber Elastic Properties in Young and Older Men, Julien Ochala, Walter R. Frontera, &
Lisa S. Krivickas
   *(1032) Gender Differences with Heart Failure Patients Poster, Karen A. Schwarz
   *(1323) The Use of Brachytherapy for the Treatment of Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer in Older Aged Men, Willie Underwood, Laurel A. Copeland, Mohamed Elshaikh, Louis A. Penner, & James S.  Jackson
   *(1696) Gender, Supportive Relationships, and Depressive Symptomsí An Examiniation of Chinese Older Adults' Psychological Well-Being, Na Zhao, & Janet M. Wilmoth
   *(1786 ) Age, Gender, and Race Differences and Changes in Functional Health of Older Adults, Grace D. da Rosa, Peter  Martin, Leonard W. Poon, & Mary A. Johnson

Grandparent Caregiving Studies (Paper Session),   Aruba/Bahamas
   *(1909) African American Grandfathers: A Study of Their Stress as Kinship Caregivers to Their Grandchildren, Olga Osby

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Poster Session,   Crystal Ballroom H
   *(1408) The Role of Mutuality and Gender in Predicting 10-Year Change in Strain for Parkinson's Disease (PD) Spouse Caregivers, Karen S. Lyons, Patricia G. Archbold, Julie H. Carter , & Barbara J. Stewart

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Life Course and Developmental Changes (within Symposium),  Grand Ballroom V
    *(1079) Sexual Behavior in Later Life, John DeLamater & Sara M. Moorman
    *(1489) The Effects of Spouse's Death Contexts on the Physical Limitation of Widowed Persons: A Longitudinal Study, Min-Ah Lee

Cancer: Psychosocial and Research Issues (Paper Session),   Grand Ballroom XI/XII
    *(1093) Enhancing Retention Among Older African American Men Enrolled in a Longitudinal Cancer Screening Trial,
Marvella E. Ford, Suzanne L. Havstad, Sally W. Vernon, G. Marie Swanson, & Shawna D. Davis

A Picture Tells a Thousand Words: Observation Studies in Gerontological Research (within Symposium), Crystal Ballroom J2-M
    *Gender Differences in Dominance Behavior During Parent-Offspring Interactions, Kelly E. Cichy, Eva S. Lefkowitz, Karen L. Fingerman, & Amanda  Gottschall

Poster Session,   Crystal Ballroom H
     *(1111) Community Service Use Attitudes of Older Spousal Caregiver-Care Recipient Couples: Gender Differences and Dyadic Congruence, Bradley Zodikoff
    *(1650) The Use of Lateral Social Comparisons as a Defense Against Age-Related Worry Among Older Men and Women,  Steven J. Kohn & Gregory C. Smith

Technological Innovations and Their Effects (Paper Session),   Sawgrass
    *(1421) Older People's Attitudes Towards Life Prolonging Medical Technologies: Implications of Gender Differences, Sara L  Arber, Tom  Daly, Tushna  Vandrevala, & Sarah  Hampson

**   5:30 PM * 7:00 PM   Men's Issues Interest Group Meeting & Reception, Grand Salon 16

SUNDAY, November 20
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Poster Session,   Crystal Ballroom H
    *(1104) Gender Specific Differences in Caregiving Experience among South Asian Immigrants, Rashmi Gupta
    *(1226) Racial and Gender Variations in the Content and Appraisal of Future Selves Following a Mid-life Terminal Diagnosis, Beverly R. Williams
    *(1237) Attitudes About Gender Roles and Expectations of Caregiving Among U.S. Born and Japan Born Japanese Males, Pamela S. Arnsberger & Seiko Sato
    *(1466) Being Close: What Does This Mean For Adults And Their Parents? Brooke N. Baker, Karen L. Fingerman, & Eva S. Lefkowitz
    *(1587) The Help Seeking Behavior of Older Men from Ethnic/Racial Minority Groups: Implications for Service Provision, Maggie K Tang, Jordan I. Kosberg, Fei Sun, & Juanita L. Garcia
    *(1964) Changing Gender Roles and Intergenerational Ties: New Data from Norway, Katharina Herlofson & Britt Slagsvold

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
(3021) Faith Matters, Sense of Control, and Well-being of Older Persons: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry II (within Symposium),   Grand Ballroom IV
     *AIDS Caregiving and Resilience: The Role of Spirituality as a Protective Factor, Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen

(3067) Cancer and Aging Informal IG: Emotional and Cognitive Factors in Prostate Cancer: Screening, Treatment, and Survivorship Issues (Symposium),   Grand Ballroom III
    *Fear, Knowledge, and Efficacy Beliefs Interact to Predict DRE and PSA Screening In Ethnically Diverse Samples of Older Men, Brenda Adjei, Nathan S. Consedine, David Horton, Tracey Ungar, Andrew Joe, Paul Ramirez, & Luisa M. Borrell

(3135) Vascular Disease and Cognition: Multidisciplinary Approaches (within Symposium),  Grand Ballroom XI/XII
     *Modeling the Cognitive Effects of Vascular Disease Risk in the Normative Aging Study, Christopher B. Brady & Avron Spiro, III

(3175) Gender, Aging, & Diversity 2: Men, Women & Marital Status (Symposium),   Grand Ballroom XIII/XIV
     *Reconsidering Gender and Marital Status in Later Life: Inequalities in Material and Social Resources, Sara Arber
     *The Longitudinal Impact of Divorce on Psychological Well-Being in Older Men, Kate M. Bennett
     *Marital Transitions, Marital Histories and Health Among Middle Age and Old Men, Adam Shapiro
     *Single Life Paths in a Coupled World: Gender, Lifelong Singlehood, and Social Stigma, Tanya Koropeckyj-Cox, S. Bluck, & G. Pendell

(3255) New Challenges of Aging in the 21st Century: Recent Evidence from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, 1957-2005 (within Symposium),   Grand Ballroom II
     *What's Love Got to Do With It? Cross-Spouse SES Effects on Health, Kristen W. Springer

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
(3180) Queer Aging: A Meta-Analysis of Literature Relating to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Aging (Symposium),  Marco Island * Kathleen M. Sullivan & Margaret B. Neal

(3222) Gender, Aging, & Diversity 1: Relationships, Care, & Health Issues (Symposium),   Crystal Ballroom J1
    *Taking 'Women's Work' Like a Man: Husbands Experiences of Care Work, Toni Calasanti, M. E. Bowen, & Neal King
    *Old Lesbians and Gays: Inhabiting Ageing Bodies, Katherine F. Slevin
    *Friendship Meanings and Function in the Lives of Older Gay Men and Lesbians, Brian de Vries
    *Aging Gay Men and Prostate Cancer: Invisible Diversity, Thomas O. Blank

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
(3122) Men Who Are Not Fathers: Who Are They and How Might They Age?  (Symposium),   Grand Ballroom IV
     *Men Who Have No Children: Decision or Default? Britt Slagsvold & Gunhild O. Hagestad
     *Grumpy Old Men? Are Childless Men Low in Generativity? Regina L. Logan, Pearl A. Dykstra, Gunhild O. Hagestad, &
Peter R.  Uhlenberg
     *How Does Childlessness Matter for Men? Pearl A. Dykstra, & Renske Keizer
     *Fatherhood and Men's Lives at Middle Age, David J. Eggebeen

Poster Session,   Crystal Ballroom H
     *(1015) Gender, Marriage, and Pension Income: Evidence from Wave 6 of HRS, Stanley P. DeViney & Jennifer C.  Solomon
     *(1140) Gender Disparities in Factors Related to Alcohol Consumption among the Elderly, Yeong H. Yeo
     *(1375) Older Men Behind Bars: Exploring the Health Issues of This Vulnerable Population, Susan Loeb & Darrell Steffensmeier
     *(1680) A Comparison of the Health Status of Women and Men Caregivers, Michel Bedard, Joy Creese, Kevin Brazil, Lori Chambers, Julie Riendeau, & Bruce Weaver

MONDAY, November 21
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Health Promotion and Bone Health (Paper Session),   Crystal Ballroom A/B
    *(1191) Osteoporosis Health Beliefs among Younger and Older Men and Women, Shanthi Johnson, William McLeod, Laura Kennedy, & Katherine McLeod

Poster Session,   Crystal Ballroom H
    *(1782) The Pathways Among Stress, Coping, Affect, and the Metabolic Syndrome Differ between Men With and Without a History of Cardiovascular Disease, Loriena A. Yancura, Carolyn M. Aldwin, & Avron Spiro, III
    *(1873) The Intersection of Ageism and Looksism Among Gay Men, Steven David & Bob G. Knight

The Relationship of Body Mass to Disparate Trajectories of Total Wealth Among Retirement-Aged Men and Women, Stephanie J. Fonda, Nancy H. Fultz, & Kristi R. Jenkins

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Differential Attitudes about Aging (Paper Session),   Grand Ballroom VI
    *(1437) Gender Differences in Perceptions of Midlife and Midlife Crisis, Elaine Wethington

Employment and Older Workers (Paper Session),   Grand Ballroom II
    *(1980) Paid Work as a Contributor to Mental Health in the Pre-Retirement Years, Barbara McIntosh & Nicholas L. Danigelis
    * (2371) Intersections of Age and Masculinities in the Information Technology Industry, Duerden Comeau & Candace L. Kemp

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Poster Session,   Crystal Ballroom H
    *(1021) Gender Differences in the Relationship between Self-Rated Health and 6-Year Mortality among Elderly Persons in Japan, Kazushi Okamoto, Yuko Tanaka, & Yoshiko Hasebe
    *(1895) The Effects Of The Transition To Widowhood On Mental And Physical Well-Being: A Prospective U.S. National Study, Yan Tong & Nadine F. Marks

(3011) Putting Social Security's Latest Crises into Historical Perspective (within Symposium),    Grand Ballroom III
    *Gender Issues and Social Security Reform, W. Andrew Achenbaum, John Rother, & Karen Holden

Exercise and Nutrition in Health Promotion (Paper Session),    Grand Ballroom V
     * (1930) Older People and Food: The Impact of Gender and Living Arrangements on Food Consumption Across European Societies, Sara L Arber, Helen Marshall, Robert Meadows, Monique Raats, Margaret Lumbers, & Kate Davidson

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
The Heterogeneity of Families (Paper Session),  Grand Ballroom XI/XII
    *Surviving Divorce Without Mom: The Effect of Mother-Son Ties on Men's Well-Being Following Divorce, Michael W. Steinhour, J. Jill Suitor, Sue Ellen Bovard-Kentner, Krista M. C. Cline, & Tariqah A. Nuriddin
    *Older Gay Men's Perspectives on Marriage and Family: A Life Course Perspective On Traditional And Alternative Family Systems, Anna Muraco, Stephen T. Russell, & Allen J. LeBlanc

Poster Session,    Crystal Ballroom H
    *(2472) The Impact of Gender and Life Stress on Older Adults' Reactivity to Negative Social Exchanges, Kristin J. August, Laura A. Zettel, Karen S. Rook, & Jason T. Newsom
    *(2022) The Influence of Interpersonal Resources on the Adaptation and Personal Growth of Older Men and Women Religious Living in Monastic Communities, Alex J. Bishop
    *(2033) Factors Affecting Changes in Social Engagement Among Community-Dwelling Older Men and Women, Peter A. Bath & Alison Gardiner
    *(2560) Gender and the Social Construction of Aging: How the Red Hat Society Enhances Social Networks, Rilyn Gipson

Diverse Social Support Needs (Paper Session),  Grand Ballroom III
    *(1076) Emotional Support for Men and Women With Cancer: Do Patients Receive What Their Partners Provide? Ralf Schwarzer
    *(2219) Unmarried Without Children: Instrumental Support to Widowed and Childless Men and Women in Later Life, Echo Chang & Merril Silverstein

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
(3114) Elderly Men and Resiliency (Symposium),  Harbor Beach
    *Couldn't Boil Water?: Myths and Realities about Older Men's Culinary Skills, Kate Davidson, Helen Marshall, & Sara Arber
    *Dancing with Dementia: Men Caregivers Coping with Dementia Care, Richard L. Russell
    *Analyzing Alvin: The Challenges of Determining Resilience in Older, Dorothy C. Stratton & Alinde J. Moore
    *Social Integration and Marshalling Support: Strategies of Coping with Stress among Men Living in Retirement Communities, Eva Kahana, Jane Brown, Rebecca Meehan, Boaz Kahana, Jessica Kelly-Moore, & Judith Harris

Poster Session,  Crystal Ballroom H
    *(1811) Gender and Race Differences among Custodial Grandparent Dyads, Gregory C. Smith

Dual Issues in Retirement (Paper Session),  Grand Ballroom III
    *(1502) The Role of Occupational Status in Retirement Planning by Gender, Angela L. Curl & Jerry G. Ingram
    *(2197) Retirement Adjustment and Well-Being in Couples: A Dyadic Crossover Model, Julie Howard
    *(2350) Marital Status Differences in the Risk of Retirement for Men and Women, David Warner

Spirituality and Religion (Paper Session),  Grand Ballroom IX/X
    *(1717) Coping with the Long-Term Effects of Combat Trauma: Forgiveness and Spirituality in Vietnam Era Veteran Twins, Michael J. Lyons, John C. Simpson, Ming T. Tsuang, & Beth Jerskey

Family Caregiving (Paper Session),  Grand Ballroom  XIII/XIV
    *(2443) Sibling Structure, Gender, and Caregiving in Japan, Kristen S. Lee

TUESDAY, November 22
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Poster Session,  Crystal Ballroom H
    *(2558) Health and Aging in Popular Magazines: Gender Differences, Susan G. Harris, Jaime L. K. Anstee, Keri D. Pruitt, &
Judith A. Sugar
    *(2634) Gender Difference in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Older Individuals, Catherine P. Montalto, Vibha Bhargava, & Gong-Soog Hong