At the Southern Gerontological Society's 36th Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, Jensen began her tenure as president of the multi-state organization and was named Applied Gerontologist of the Year.

Williamsburg, Va –Christine Jensen, PhD received the Applied Gerontologist of the Year Award earlier this month from the Southern Gerontological Society (SGS) during its 36th Annual Meeting held earlier this month in Williamsburg, Va.

Award recipients, according to the SGS, demonstrate a sustained record of leadership in the field of aging, are recognized in their fields and have positively impacted older adults' quality of life through developing innovative programs.

"This came as a complete surprise, and honor," Jensen said, thrilled to see the work she helps conduct as the Director of Health Services Research for Riverside Health System's Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health (CEALH) recognized.


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Jensen is widely known for helping train older adult caregivers. More than five years ago, she was instrumental in bringing the "Caring For You, Caring For Me" program to Southeast and Central Virginia, working closely with the Rosalynn Carter Institute (RCI) who designed the program. She is also an RCI Master Trainer.

She is also the SGS President Elect and will begin her tenure this summer leading the society for one year.

The SGS is a network of the South's most respected gerontology professionals. Southern members are educators, aging network personnel, researchers, health professionals and policy makers.

"SGS provides the bridge between research and practice, translating and applying knowledge in the field of aging," Jensen said. "If we can grow our membership, we can build a bigger bridge and share more knowledge about the best practices of caring for older adults."

"There aren't enough geronotologists," Jensen said. "We need to be innovative in how we care for older adults and need to meet people where they are and bring the information to them."

Published: April 22, 2015