Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen, left, and Dr. Corley

Connie Corley, PhD, lead faculty of Fielding’s Creative Longevity and Wisdom doctoral concentration, recently presented an award to Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD, for her outstanding contributions to the field of positive aging.

Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen, professor and director of Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence at the University of Washington, received the Creative Longevity and Wisdom Outstanding Scholar Practitioner Award during 2017 World Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) in San Francisco last month, the largest-ever gathering of people in the field of aging.

“Karen’s groundbreaking work on the study ‘Aging with Pride’ was featured in a special issue of The Gerontologist that she edited earlier this year,” Dr. Corley said. “This study helps us understand resilience and diversity across the life course.”

Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar addressing equity and intersections of aging, health disparities, and well-being in marginalized communities. She directed the first national study of health and aging of LGBT midlife and older adults and their caregivers. In the continuation project, Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS) (R01), she is leading the first longitudinal study of LGBT midlife and older adult health and aging to identify potentially modifiable factors that account for health trajectories in these communities.

Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen, center, joins in drum exercise

Dr. Corley presented the award following a workshop that she led with John Fitzgerald of Remo, Inc., on “Rhythm and Wellness: The Science and Sensation of Music-Making with Older Adults in Community.” The principle behind that exercise is that rhythm-based activities create opportunities for social engagement, cognitive stimulation and enhanced well-being in a process that is joyful, intuitive, and inspiring for older adults and those who care for them. Drummers from the workshop were on hand to celebrate Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen’s award.

Past recipients of the Creative Longevity and Wisdom Outstanding Scholar Practitioner Award include Mary Catherine Bateson; George Vaillant, MD; and Fielding Faculty Fellow H. Rick Moody, PhD.

L-R: Students Tom Hayashi and Theresa Southam, Fielding alumnae Dr. Eileen Cleary and Dr. Holly Bardutz, student Amy Chiang, Dr. Karen Fredrikson-Goldsen, Dr. Connie Corley, and Dr. H. Rick Moody