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"Aging...We are all doing it. Embrace it with a positive attitude!"

Henry DeJesus





Henry DeJesus, husband of the late Ora M. DeJesus

The demographics are clear: the population is aging. This influx of older adults will bring unprecidented change to medicine, work, lifestyle (transportation, housing, travel and recreation), business (consumer needs, marketing, customer service and service delivery) and public policy. Education and research in the aging process are paramount to our understanding aging in a healthy, positive way.

With your help, The Gerontology Center can be on the forefront of information, education and research on aging. 

All levels of contribution help the Center. Please consider one of the following options and become a Partner with the Center: 

1) Donate to the Center's Operating Budget

At present, the Gerontology Center's operating funds come from the interest on two endowment accounts. Like most investment accounts in today's market, the annual interest generated from these accounts is modest. In order to function properly, the Center needs additional funds for day to day expenses (e.g., staff salary, telephone, postage for mailings, maintaining the Center's website, and so forth). Any amount contributed to the Center's current FY operating budget is a way to have an immediate impact on the Center and the people it serves.

2) Contribute to an Endowment

The Ora M. DeJesus Endowment

Smaller version of primary photo of Ora When Associate Professor and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Ora M. DeJesus died on July 1, 2000, she left a legacy, the UMass Dartmouth Gerontology Center, which reflected her lifelong commitment to elders.

In a fitting tribute, her family, friends and colleagues have established the Ora M. DeJesus Endowment for Gerontology. The interest generated from the endowment will provide operating expenses for the Gerontology Center.

Please consider donating to honor Professor Ora M. DeJesus.

The Anne V. Fayan Endowment

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Anne Fayan (right), with Center Director Shaleen Barnes (photo taken in 2001).

Anne Fayan, a member of the Gerontology Center's Community Advisory Board, generously established an endowment in 1998. The proceeds of this endowment are used to help support the activities of the Center.


Contributions enable the Center to continue and expand the work Ora DeJesus so ably began.

3) Contribute to the Jack M. Gould Memorial Scholarship

The Jack M. Gould Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the work of the late Jack M. Gould, former director of the New Bedford Council on Aging, who was active for many years in service to the elderly of southeastern Massachusetts.  The purpose of the award is to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to pursue professional careers in service to elders.

Emily Gabois receiving the 2011 Jack M. Gould Memorial Scholarship Award

Emily Gabois receiving the Jack M. Gould Scholarship Award from Professor Andrew Revell
Emily Gabois, a graduate of the Combined BA/MA Psychology Program at UMass Dartmouth, went on to complete a Ph.D. in Gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She pursued research in enhancing public policy services for older adults.

The scholarship is funded by the Jack M. Gould Memorial Fund and is applied toward the recipient's tuition and fees. For more information about this award, please contact the Office of Advancement.

Feel free contact the Gerontology Center at, or call (508) 999-8385 for more information on any of these contribution opportunities.


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