NCOA's Nancy Whitelaw Named President-Elect of The Gerontological Society of America

Jul 01, 2010, 16:27 ET from National Council on the Aging, Inc.

Expert on senior health programming and promotion will lead nation's largest aging research organization

WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nancy Whitelaw, PhD, senior vice president, and director of NCOA's Center for Healthy Aging has been named President-elect of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Dr. Whitelaw is a nationally recognized leader in the design and implementation of evidence-based health programs for seniors and in the dissemination of best practices in elder health promotion.  



"As services for our growing older adult population become increasingly important, Nancy's leadership will be critical to improving the lives of millions of older Americans," said Jim Firman, president and CEO of NCOA.

GSA promotes multi- and interdisciplinary research in aging by expanding the quantity of geronotological research, disseminating its knowledge to researchers, practitioners and opinion makers, and advancing aging education throughout the university system.

Dr. Whitelaw will assume her role as President-elect during GSA's Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held November 19-23, 2010, in New Orleans, LA.  Full details on this conference are available at

"We look forward to advancing GSA's mission during Nancy's presidency," said James Appleby, executive director of GSA. "Her leadership and expertise will ensure a strong focus on important issues in the field of aging."

NCOA's Center for Healthy Aging ( serves as National Technical Assistance and Resource Center on Evidence-based Prevention for the U.S. Administration on Aging and coordinates a variety of technical assistance and systems change activities to promote community-based approaches to improve health and well-being for older adults.  

About NCOA

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a non-profit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for older Americans - especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged - and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together non-profit organizations, businesses and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits improve their health, live independently and remain active in their communities. For more information, visit  

About GSA

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society - and its 5,200+ members - is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA's structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. For more information, visit

SOURCE National Council on the Aging, Inc.