Edward F. Ansello, PhD

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Dr. Ansello is Director of the Virginia Center on Aging, and is Professor in the Department of Gerontology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. His work in the field of aging spans more than 30 years, with focuses that include elder caregiving, aging with lifelong disabilities, pre-retirement planning, geropharmacy, coalition building, and the humanities, media and aging. The author of a dozen books, monographs, special issues, and book chapters, and over three dozen published articles, he has made over 600 presentations before professional and civic groups nationally and internationally. Recent works related to aging with lifelong disabilities include a book, Community Supports for Aging Adults with Lifelong Disabilities, co-edited with Dr. Matthew Janicki (2000); articles in Public Policy & Aging Report (Fall 2004) and the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect (2009); and a chapter in Aging and Disability, edited by Michelle Putnam, (2007), and a chapter, co-authored with Anthony Sterns, in the Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics (2009).

Dr. Ansello is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. He was named Distinguished Academic Gerontologist by the Southern Gerontological Society in 1990 and received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education in 2001. He is Past President of both of these professional organizations. He currently serves on the boards of several organizations dedicated to improving later life.planning, veterans disability pension (“Aid and Attendance”) benefits, and the legal concerns of the elderly and disabled