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Mentorship is Priceless to Professional Development

posted 01.12.2015

Mentorship, formal or informal, is not only fundamental to the development of an individual’s career, but also to the development of an individual as a professional. Both areas, career development and professional development, are constantly evolving and mentors play a huge role in providing tailored feedback, sage advice, and maybe even a reference or two.

National Mentor Month

posted 01.05.2015

January is National Mentoring Month — a month set aside to focus attention on the need for mentors and the impact mentoring can have on the lives on young people. Members of the American Society on Aging have a long history of serving as mentors for up-and-coming professionals in the field of aging. Many also have their own stories to share about how mentors have supported their own careers.

Meeting the Needs of Caregivers: Building a Comprehensive and Sustainable Model of Support Services

posted 12.22.2014

By Nicole Bruno

The needs of family caregivers and the caregiving challenges facing the healthcare workforce in the face of the growing aging population raise big questions:


Aspects of Mental Health and Aging

posted 12.12.2014

Fall 2014 Generations addresses the complex topic of mental illness and substance use in older adults. Elders now transitioning from middle to later life are expected to use and misuse psychoactive medications, as well as alcohol and illicit drugs, more than did other generations. Also mood disorders and other serious mental illnesses do not necessarily fade with old age. 

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The Paradox of Scarcity in a Land of Plenty: Meeting the Needs of Older Adults with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

posted 12.11.2014

The approaching demographic wave of aging Baby Boomers will bring unprecedented growth in the number of Americans with mental health or substance use disorders, all of whom will need services over the coming decades. There are approximately 5.6 to 8 million Americans ages 65 and older who have a mental health or substance use disorder (Institute of Medicine [IOM], 2012). By the year 2030, this number is projected to reach 10.1 to 14.4 million older Americans (IOM, 2012).

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Providing Assistance to Caregivers During the Holidays

posted 12.08.2014

The holiday season can be a stressful time, especially for family caregivers. What can professionals who work with older adults do to help their clients and their clients’ caregivers during the holidays (and all the time) to help manage stress, and enjoy the season? Here are three places to start:



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INFOGRAPHIC: What Do Professionals Learn at the ASA Leadership Institute?

posted 12.08.2014

What do professionals in the field of aging gain from participating in the ASA Leadership Institute?

The 2015 ASA Leadership Institute prepares the next generation of leaders to face the challenges and opportunities of our diverse, aging society:

UCSF’s Adam Gazzaley On How Video Gaming Improves Cognition

posted 11.17.2014

Speaking with neurologist Adam Gazzaley is akin to running behind an experienced trail racer—they’re always around the next bend and out of sight before you’ve managed to catch your breath. Or as Gazzaley puts it, “I do tend to work pretty intensely.”

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