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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. 

Recommended

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.

 

Abuse of Transgender Elders

posted 06.05.2017

By Loree Cook-Daniels

Thanks to the Archstone Foundation’s 1997 groundbreaking conference, “Understanding and Combating Elder Abuse in Minority Communities,” followed in 1999 by Toshio Tatara’s book, Understanding Elder Abuse in Minority Populations, elder abuse professionals began to understand that elder abuse has a cultural context.

LGBT and Adult Protection: Considerations When Serving this Population

posted 06.05.2017

By Lois Moorman

Abuse against older adults remains an underreported and growing problem. People of all genders, ages, races, and income levels may become victims of abuse. Those who are abused may live at home or not, in a city, suburb or rural area. They may be abused by a relative or a stranger.

For lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered older adults (LGBT), who are more likely than the general population to live alone and without family support, there are compounded layers of vulnerability to abuse to consider.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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

Presented by Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) as part of their Parkinson’s Disease ExpertBriefings series.

Register now for FREE

Includes complimentary CEUs

The JCCSF’s Brain Fitness Forum

Event Date: 
06.11.2017 09:15 AM - 04:15 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
3200 California Street
City: 
San Francisco
State: 
CALIFORNIA
Zip: 
94118
Short Description: 

Celebrate Brain Awareness Month with us by participating in inaugural Brain Fitness Forum.

Full Description: 

Celebrate Brain Awareness Month with us by participating in inaugural Brain Fitness Forum.

  • Gain useful information from experts on ways to maintain cognitive sharpness.
  • Experience hands-on activities to stimulate your mind.
  • Learn new strategies for brain health.

Stay for the day or attend select sessions! Advance registration is highly recommended. To register, call 415.292.1200. Visit www.jccsf.org/brainfitness for more details.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Is June 15

posted 05.15.2017

Each year, an estimated 5 million older persons are abused, neglected and exploited. Older adults throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that they desperately need to pay for basics such as housing, food and medical care. And it is estimated that only about one in five of those crimes are ever reported.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

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

White House Proclaims May 2017 Older Americans Month

posted 05.02.2017

On April 28, 2017, President Trump officially declared May 2017 as Older Americans Month. Celebrating Older Americans Month is one way to remind us to keep up advocacy efforts and honor this cohort’s significant accomplishments and contributions to our society.

The Proclamation states: “As we celebrate Older Americans Month, we take the opportunity to thank our seniors and recognize the enormous contributions they make to the Nation. We are blessed to have their presence, their love, and their unmatched perspective for our families.”

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