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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.


Is It Normal Forgetfulness … or Dementia?

posted 02.23.2017

By Deborah Bier

Do you know someone who lives with dementia through your profession or personally? If so, it's likely at some point their cognitive health has made you concerned for your own. You forget an old friend's birthday... you can't find your car keys, again... you forget the very item you went to the grocery store to buy. Do you wonder if there is something seriously wrong with you? When is forgetting part of the normal course of life? When does forgetting become a reason to worry? How can we tell the difference?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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

Click here to view the recorded presentation at no charge.

Sky Above Clouds: Finding our Way Through Creativity, Aging, and Illness

posted 02.21.2017

By Wendy L. Miller and Gene D. Cohen (with Teresa H. Barker)

The following is an excerpt from Sky Above Clouds: Finding Our Way Through Creativity, Aging and Illness. Oxford University Press; $27.95; ISBN 9780199371419, 352 pages, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press.

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Practicing Words: Writing Activities to Strengthen Older Adult Communication

posted 02.12.2017

By Karen Sheriff LeVan

“Anyhow, it’s fun. . . Even when I was sitting in the dentist’s chair on Monday getting some teeth pulled, I was counting syllables,” replied Helen, a leader in our small writing group. I’d asked her why she participated and was surprised when she continued with, “It’s a pleasure. I’m eighty years old, and I’m still perking. I’m not just sitting in a chair in front of a TV waiting for the pills. That terrifies me.”

Respite Care: Because Caregivers Deserve a Break

posted 02.09.2017

Respite Care: Because Caregivers Deserve a Break

By Joy Johnston

Family caregivers need, and deserve, more robust supportive services, but a break may be the most precious gift of all.

The Experiential Self and the Remembering Self

posted 02.09.2017

By Judy A. Cornish

In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman explains the existence of our experiential and remembering selves. Although Dr. Kahneman is not thought of as an expert on dementia care, grasping this concept will greatly enhance your success in caring for your loved ones or clients as they experience dementia.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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

Includes complimentary CEUs*

Register Now for Free

Seniors CONNECT for Health: Training Elders as Community Health Workers in Detroit

posted 02.03.2017

By Denise White Perkins

A tale of two seniors:

Mrs. Wixom is a 75-year-old widow. Her children live out of state. She suffered a stroke last year, and was recently discharged from the hospital after a heart attack. She has all her medications and a list of doctors’ appointments, but no car. She feels overwhelmed. She sits in a chair and stares out the window all day until it’s time to eat or sleep. She feels upset about how much her neighborhood has declined in 30 years.

ASA Chicagoland Roundtable - Loneliness: It's More Than Being Alone

Event Date: 
02.03.2017 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
1725 W Harrison St, Elevator II
Address 2: 
5th Floor, Room 542, Brainard
Short Description: 

ASA Chicagoland Bi-Monthly Roundtable

Full Description: 

In this presentation, we will hear how loneliness is defined, assessed, and understood from a research perspective, how it matters to health and well-being, and what can be done about it.

We’ll utilize tools, case studies, and our expertise to work together to  deepen abilities to identify and assess loneliness; and learn resources and strategies to combat loneliness in older adults. 



Louise Hawkley, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
NORC (formerly known
as the National Opinion
Research Center)
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 

What is Loneliness, and
What Can Be Done about It?

Elbert Huang
University of Chicago
Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Loneliness, Social Isolation,
and Falls in Older Adults

William Dale
University of Chicago
Medical Center
Chicago, IL

The Relationship of Cognitive
Decline and Social Function in
Older Adults: Is It the Same for
Men and Women?


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