Some People Make a Difference,
and Some People Make you Different.
I love this tweet from social media guru Saleem Sharma. Mentors draw on their experiences and skills to offer guidance, advice, and inspiration. But more importantly, they change how you think, they build your strengths, and you end up becoming a different person because of them.
Dear grant writer,
I used to be you and, once I in a great while, I still play that role: a person who works like crazy to get a proposal submitted and waits anxiously for a reply that will mean so much to an organization and the people it serves. I know the pit-in-the-stomach feeling of realizing that sometimes jobs may depend, in part, upon the success of my written word.
UPDATE: There were so many tweets that we are taking off the maximum discount of $50!** Use promo code TWEET when you register for the 2015 Aging in America Conference at the professional attendee rate by Monday, January 19 to save!
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.
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.
The needs of family caregivers and the caregiving challenges facing the healthcare workforce in the face of the growing aging population raise big questions:
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.
￼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).