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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. 


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.


Let’s Change the Conversation Around Brain Health in Search Of Better Answers

posted 06.22.2011
This article is brought to you by the Editorial Board of ASA’s Healthcare & Aging Network (HAN) By Paul Carlisle   This past March, more than 260 innovators in brain research, industry, education, health and aging in 17 countries gathered around the “global virtual room”  provided by the annual SharpBrains Virtual Summit, “Retooling Brain Health for the 21s...

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Don’t Forget to Exercise (or Exercise and Don’t Forget!)

posted 06.22.2011
This article is brought to you by the Editorial Board of ASA’s Healthcare & Aging Network (HAN) By Paul Carlisle Conventional wisdom suggests that exercise should have a positive effect on reducing the incidence of cognitive decline in the elderly, which leads one to believe that improved cardiovascular fitness and increased brain activity should protect against cognitive impairmen...

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Registration for Aging in America 2012 Opens

Event Date: 
10.13.2011 (All day)
Time Zone: 
(GMT-10:00) Hawaii
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Registration opens for the 2012 Aging in America Conference to be held in Washington DC

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Aging in America, the 2012 Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging takes place March 28–April 1 in Washington, DC. The ASA Conference, with more than 3,000 attendees, is recognized as a showcase for programs and projects that can be replicated, a forum for policy discussion and advocacy, and a prime source of information on new research findings in aging. It is the largest gathering of a diverse, multidisciplinary community of professionals from the fields of aging, healthcare and education, along with business leaders from across the United States.


posted 06.15.2011
This article is brought to you by the Editorial Board of ASA’s Forum on Religion, Spirituality & Aging (FORSA) by Tom Swift Reverend Tom Swift Continues the Transition of a Lifetime The Reverend Tom Swift—hospice chaplain, writer, advocate for ALS awareness and research, father of two daughters and friend to many—was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease (AL...

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Cognitive Assessment in an Aging Population

Event Date: 
06.28.2011 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
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. This web seminar will examine specific needs of an aging population, as well as five major areas of cognition

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We are entering an era in which an increasing percentage of the US population will be older than retirement age. These older adults will bring a renewed focus to brain and body fitness, including access to quality medical screening and diagnosis.  Cognitive assessment is a critical component of both brain fitness and medical management, and proper assessment tools are essential. This web seminar will examine specific needs of an aging population, as well as five major areas of cognition. Available methods of cognitive assessment will be explored, along with the design of one of these methods: the Cognistat Assessment System.

Cognitive Assessment in an Aging Population

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | 12:00 PM Pacific / 1:00 PM Mountain / 2:00 PM Central / 3:00 PM Eastern

Sponsored by Cognistat

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Fear, Discrimination and Abuse: Transgender Elders and the Perils of Long-Term Care

posted 06.14.2011

Editor’s Note: This article appears in the March–April, 2011, issue of Aging Today, ASA’s bi-monthly newspaper covering advances in research, practice and policy nationwide. ASA members receive Aging Today as a member benefit; non-members may purchase subscriptions at our online store

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The Buddy Program ™ – Pairing First Year Medical Students and Persons with Early Stage Alzheimer’s

Event Date: 
06.30.2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-06:00) Central Time
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This web seminar will describe the development and step-by-step organization of The Buddy Program, share outcomes and lessons learned.

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The goal of The Buddy Program is to provide a mutually enriching experience for medical students and persons with early stage dementia. The Buddy Program also aims to strengthen the knowledge base and sensitivity of future physicians to the issues of aging and dementia, and to offer the person with dementia a mentorship opportunity. This web seminar will describe the development and step-by-step organization of the program, share outcomes and lessons learned, and how the The Buddy Program is currently being replicated at other medical schools.

Who Will Care for Us? Generations Winter 2010-11 Issue Has Answers

posted 06.13.2011

As America is shaped by the aging of its populace, so are the workers dedicated to serving it. Over the next 20 years, one in five Americans will be 65 or older, and many will need care either at home or in a residential care or hospital setting.

There will be more direct-care workers needed by 2018 than kindergarten teachers, law enforcement and public safety officers, and registered nurses. We will need 2.5 million healthcare workers by 2030 just to maintain current ratios of healthcare workers to population.

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