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Mental Health

America’s aging baby boomer populace may be more familiar with psychology and psychiatry than was the Greatest Generation, but as a group they also have a penchant for misusing substances. Is there a way to ratchet back drug use as baby boomers age? It’s predicted that by 2025, the number of people ages 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease will increase 40 percent (to 7.1 million), with no cure on the horizon. Who’s doing what to fix or prevent Alzheimer’s? Are too many elders with dementia being medicated in nursing homes? What about cascading medications that cause delirium, dementia and other health complications? ASA’s membership community includes many professionals and clinicians with a psychology/psychiatry specialty and they regularly contribute their expertise to stories on the issues and trends in the mental health arena. 

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Online Learning: ASA members have free access to all web seminars.

MindAlert: With generous funding from the MetLife Foundation, ASA’s MindAlert Program trains members on the newest findings in cognitive fitness, and disseminates information on current research and innovative programs that help older adults maintain and improve cognitive and mental function in their later years.

Mental Health and Aging Network: The Mental Health and Aging Network (MHAN) can help you with your professional development. Members of MHAN are dedicated to improving supportive interventions for older adults with mental health problems and for their caregivers.

 

Engaging Through Fine Art

posted 03.22.2018

By Rebecca Ferrini and Linda Bounds

If you can scribble, you can paint! 

The art teacher/ambassador greets the class of  physically and cognitively impaired students,  parked  in wheelchairs and lounge chairs facing one large blank canvas. These nursing home residents, along with the colorful scrub-clad nurse’s aides are skeptical.

Is It All Downhill From Here?

posted 03.17.2018

By Michael Morgan

More than 100 million people in the US are aged 50 years or older, which is about a third of the population.

How do I know this? Because my five-year goal to significantly reduce deaths from Alzheimer’s has taught me many alarming facts.

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Alzheimer’s Caregiver Journey Map Finds Early, Timely Intervention Can Make A Difference

posted 03.13.2018

By Diane Ty

Karen was 43 years old when her mom was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. As her caregiving responsibilities increased, Karen missed her daughters’ soccer games, reduced her hours at work, and began suffering from depression.

Improving Sleep in Dementia

posted 03.12.2018

By Deborah Bier

For many people living with dementia, a good night’s sleep is difficult to achieve. There are many reasons why poor sleep and dementia go hand-in-hand, such as brain changes due to dementia, disordered breathing and environmental factors.

One common factor that disturbs sleep is the need to use the toilet during the night and being unable to get back to dreamland. This can result in far too little sleep night after night. It often affects the sleep of family members who live with the person with dementia as well.

ASA Chicagoland Roundtable - Jolt, Stories of Trauma and Transformation

Event Date: 
04.13.2018 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
600 S Paulina
Address 2: 
Room 994AB, 9th Floor
City: 
Chicago
State: 
ILLINOIS
Zip: 
60612
Short Description: 

ASA Chicagoland Roundtable - Jolt, Stories of Trauma and Transformation

Full Description: 

ASA Chicagoland Roundtable - Jolt, Stories of Trauma and Transformation

Friday, April 13, 2018
8:30 am – 10:30 am

Location:

Armour Academic Building 
600 S Paulina 
Room 994AB, 9th Floor
Chicago, IL 60612

Join us at the next Chicagoland ASA Roundtable on April 13th, when journalist and author Mark Miller will join us to discuss his new book, Jolt: Stories of Trauma and Transformation. 

Trauma can destroy lives, yet some people not only survive trauma, they bounce back to thrive and grow. Jolt tells the stories of people transformed by growth following trauma, and the new paths that they pursue. Some are on missions to help others or to make things right in the world, while others embark on new careers. Some people simply find that their relationships grow deeper, or seek a stronger spiritual dimension in their lives.

For more than a decade, Mark has researched and written about what motivates people to reinvent their lives. He is a nationally recognized expert on retirement and aging. He is a columnist for Reuters and other news outlets, and has contributed to The New York Times. Mark will be joined by two respondents who will share their professional and personal experiences with trauma. 

Following Mark’s presentation we will have a panel discussion and audience contributions and discussion. Randi Belisomo is a reporter for WGN-TV, and the founder of Life Matters Media, an organization that aims to help people make the terrifying concept of death a part of normal, everyday discussion. Audrey Cantor, LCSW will share her professional perspectives from a career working with older adults and Holocaust survivors. 

Copies of Jolt will be available for purchase after the roundtable, and Mark will be signing his book.

Register Now

 

 

Panelists:

Mark Miller

Randi Belisomo, DBe, MSJ

Audrey Cantor, LCSW

 

Registration is free, and requested, to attend. Only complete the application form if you have no record. Otherwise, please log in. For assistance with registration, contact Jutka at jmandoki@asaging.org.  

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All ASA members are welcome at this free event.

Local contact for Chicago information only: Mary Lou Tomecek Baker, 312-942-2053 

 

Falling Isn’t A Normal Part Of Aging

posted 03.05.2018

By Katharine Forth

What’s wrong with current balance testing and our understanding of balance?

Have you ever had a balance test? Do you know anyone who has?

I’ll predict that if you can answer yes, the person in question had a fall before they had the test. Isn’t that a bit like checking someone’s blood pressure only after they’ve had a heart attack?

That, in a nutshell is the problem. Balance testing can be analogous to blood pressure testing in many ways.

5 Signs a Daughter in the Workplace Needs Caregiver Support

posted 03.01.2018

By Lakelyn Hogan

Over the past few decades, we’ve seen increased dialogue and support for women who are navigating their careers as they raise young children. But much less attention and discussion have focused on the unique challenges that come with navigating a career when caring for aging parents. Two-thirds of all caregivers are female, and many feel that they sometimes have to choose between being a good employee and being a good daughter.


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