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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.

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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End : 11:00 AM Pacific

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

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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

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

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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

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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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The Perils of Climate Change: A Growing Threat to Older People

posted 04.09.2018

By Kathy Sykes

Carmen McReynolds, 82, was a motorcycle-riding septuagenarian cruising down the back roads of Sonoma County, based at her longtime home on Kilarney Circle [in Santa Rosa]. … Her nephew, Gabriel Coke of San Jose, said she was a trailblazer—who knew her way around a rifle and gave him his first pocket knife—who once considered Joan Baez among her friends,” reported an Oct. 10 article in The Mercury News.
 

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Broke, But Not Broken: Baby Boomers & Their Not-So-Golden Years

posted 04.09.2018

By Elizabeth White

I know you, I know you,” he says, this man I have never seen before. “Aren’t you that woman who’s …” and his voice trails off. I can see he’s searching for just the right word. “Who’s broke,” I say, holding his gaze. His face lights up. “That’s it, that’s right,” he says,” heartily shaking my hand. “I saw you on TV.”
 

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The 2018 Diversity Summit and Data

posted 03.29.2018

By Ty Johnson

Bringing the Aging in America Conference to San Francisco, just a train ride from Silicon Valley, was a deliberate move to enhance the focus on technology this year, which led to a handful of tech experts talking about predictive analytics, or data that can tell the future.

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