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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.

 

ASA Chicagoland Roundtable - Dementia Friendly America: Forging New Roles for All of Us

Event Date: 
06.01.2018 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
1725 W Harrison St
Address 2: 
Searle Conference Center, Elevator II 5th floor 54
City: 
Chicago
State: 
ILLINOIS
Zip: 
60612
Short Description: 

ASA Chicagoland Roundtable

Full Description: 

 

ASA Roundtable | Aging in America | Web Seminars

 

 

ASA Chicagoland Roundtable - Dementia Friendly America: Forging New Roles for All of Us

Friday, June 1, 2018
8:30 am – 10:30 am

Location:

Professional Building 
1725 W Harrison St
Searle Conference Center
Elevator II 5th floor 542 Brainard
Chicago, IL 60612

Dementia Friendly America (DFA) is a national movement to engage communities in planning, education, outreach, collaboration, and advocacy to maximize the quality of life, community participation, and independence for people living with dementia and their care partners. It personifies the belief that people with chronic health conditions prefer to remain in their own home as long as possible. 

DFA is the joint effort of thirty national agencies to create natural support networks within communities to meet the dramatic increase in dementia over the next decades if there are no medical breakthroughs to prevent, slow, or cure these diseases. The DFA movement demonstrates how all aspects of community life can naturally support the inclusion of people with dementia and their families. The panelists will:

Share personal challenges and concerns that arise and how the community can best support independent living during the early stages of memory loss.

Explain how Illinois is partnering with Dementia Friendly America at the state and community levels.

Demonstrate how focus groups conducted with people in the early stage of dementia and our partners can identify cultural differences in stigma associated with dementia, caregiving, and accessing community supports.

Share two approaches a community can take in supporting the needs of people with dementia and their caregiver(s)/family: Memory Café, and Tales and Travel Memory Program.

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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.  

2018 Chicago Roundtable Schedule

August 3
October 5
December 7

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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 

 

Blancato Testifies on Capitol Hill on Behalf of Elder Justice Funding

posted 04.26.2018

ASA Immediate Past Chair Bob Blancato testified before the House Appropriations Labor-HHS Subcommittee today in Washington, D.C. on FY19 funding for elder justice programs. The transcript from his testimony is below, and you can also watch the hearing in the video below. Bob's testimony begins approximately 18 minutes into the video.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

Part of the National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center webinar series sponsored by the Administration for Community Living.

Register now for FREE

Includes complimentary CEUs*

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by Parkinson’s Foundation as part of the Nurse Webinar Series.

Register now for FREE

Includes complimentary CEUs*

*This web seminar is approved for AoTA contact hours in addition to CEUs approved for all ASA web seminars

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by ASA’s Mental Health and Aging Network (MHAN)

ASA Members: Register now for FREE

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

Part of the National Alzheimer's and Dementia Resource Center webinar series sponsored by the Administration for Community Living.

Register now for FREE

Includes complimentary CEUs*

*This web seminar is approved for AoTA contact hours in addition to CEUs approved for all ASA web seminars

The Impacts of Climate Change Take a Heavier Toll on Older Women

posted 04.09.2018

By G. Adriana Perez

The outsize impact of climate change on older women should be a national health priority for clinicians, scientists and professionals working in public health. Women account for 56.7 percent of adults ages 65 and older in the United States, and at ages 85 and older, they outnumber men by a ratio of five to two. Because women continue to outlive men, most older women live alone and may depend upon their social and community networks for assistance.
 

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Disaster Preparedness & Elders: There’s Room for Improvement

posted 04.09.2018

By Lisa M. Brown

During 2017, 15 major natural disasters occurred in the United States. Differences exist be­tween these types of disasters in terms of extent (e.g., timing, duration) and impact (e.g., loss of life, loss of community). The interaction of extent and impact influences how peo­ple prepare for future disasters, how they evacuate and how they experience and recover from such events.
 

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Tax 'Reform' Puts Elders & the Safety Net At Risk

posted 04.09.2018

By Kevin Prindiville

Even a few months into 2018, policymakers, reporters, economists, accountants and ordi­nary Americans are still working to understand the impact of the tax law that Republicans passed in a mad rush at the end of 2017. Little attention, however, is being paid to how the new law affects older adults.
 
The following are three things about the new tax bill that should worry advocates for older adults:
 

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