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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.


Music and Memory: Spreading Happiness Through Headphones

posted 07.13.2017

By Alison Biggar

Dan Cohen, founder and executive director of Music & Memory in Mineola, New York, originally thought managers of nursing homes and other institutions housing older adults would take his simple idea—having people with advanced dementia listen to personalized sets of music via iPod—and run with it. After all, Cohen had found that this activity clearly brought happiness to the listeners, with an immediate effect not seen with medication or other activities.

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33rd Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity 2017

Event Date: 
10.09.2017 07:00 AM - 10.11.2017 08:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-10:00) Hawaii
Event Location
Address 1: 
2005 Kalia Rd
Short Description: 

33rd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity. October 9-11, 2017 Honolulu, HI

Full Description: 

The 33rd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will be held on October 9-11, 2017 at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort & the Modern Honolulu. The Call for Proposals is NOW OPEN, so be sure to submit your ideas early! For more information, please visit us at, or feel free to e-mail, or call 1-808-956-7539.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Start : 11:00 AM (Pacific)
End : 12:00 Noon (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.

Includes complimentary CEUs

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

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