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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.

 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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

Part of the Family Caregiver Support Series, sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care®

Register now for FREE

Includes complimentary CEUs*

*This web seminar is approved for AoTA contact hours in addition to CEUs approved for all ASA web seminars

Thursday, January 25, 2018

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

Presented by ASA’s Healthcare and Aging Network (HAN) 

ASA Members: Register now for FREE

Not a Member? Join ASA or register for this event for $49

Includes complimentary CEUs*

Training Police Officers in Elder Awareness Builds Empathy, Improves Interactions

posted 10.31.2017

By Laura K. Byerly, Rebecca T. Brown, Brie A. Williams and Anna Chodos

From conducting welfare checks to intervening in behavioral alterca­tions and responding to medical emergencies, police officers provide frontline triage for older adults in dis­tress. However, when police lack under­standing about conditions affecting older people, situations can end in tragedy.


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An Accidental Activist: Dr. Jessica Zitter Smashes the "Medical Hero" Myth

Event Date: 
10.26.2017 06:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
2150 Allston Way
City: 
Berkeley
State: 
CALIFORNIA
Zip: 
94704
Short Description: 

A discussion on palliative care with Dr. Jessica Zitter and Alameda County providers. What do we really want for ourselves and our loved ones when death comes? 2 Free CEU's, wine, and refreshments.

Full Description: 

Jessica Zitter redefines what a medical hero looks like.



In a field where the default is always more procedures and more technology, Dr. Zitter's journey led her to put her patients first. What does this person love to do? Who does this person love to be with?



Dr. Zitter wrote "Extreme Measures," and is featured in Extremis, an Oscar-nominated documentary. She is an intensive care unit and palliative care doctor at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California.



Alameda Alliance for Health will kindly provide 2 free CEUs to our community of providers at the event.



Our evening

6:00 - 7:00 -- Wine and fine refreshments

7:00 - 8:00 -- Presentation and discussion with Dr. Jessica Zitter

8:00 - 9:00 -- Panel discussion with East Bay medical experts

9:00 - 9:30 -- Book signing by Dr. Jessica Zitter

Alzheimer's Research Symposium

Event Date: 
11.02.2017 07:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
Swissotel Chicago
Address 2: 
323 E Upper Wacker Dr
City: 
Chicago
State: 
ILLINOIS
Zip: 
60601
Short Description: 

National, regional and local dementia researchers and experts present the latest and emerging dementia related topics

Full Description: 
 

Alzheimer's Association, Illinois

National, regional and local dementia researchers and experts will present the latest and emerging dementia-related research topics including innovative care practices, technology based care and treatment options, theories and discoveries with a special focus on translating research into care.

WHERE IS IT?

This year’s Symposium is being held at the Swissôtel Chicago, with stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago Skyline, the Swissôtel offers an exclusive destination setting for our full-day Symposium and expo.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Physicians, researchers, health care professionals, professional caregivers, students and members of our community looking to enhance skill sets and gain insights on Alzheimer’s and dementia-related topics. CME and CEUs offered.

 

Rural Older Adults Hit Hard by Opioid Epidemic

posted 09.27.2017

By William F. Benson and Nancy Aldrich

Rural older adults are dying from the opioid epidemic at a higher rate than older adults in the nation as a whole, yet fewer than one in 10 opioid treatment centers are located in rural America, and many rural first responders are not trained to administer life-saving medica­tions for overdose.


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Act, Advocate, Advance: Making Dementia a Global Health Priority

posted 09.07.2017

By Michelle Seitzer

We know dementia impacts all levels of an aging society—the challenges it presents are universal—and therefore should be addressed as a public policy priority by all levels of government, all around the world.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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

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

Register now for FREE

Includes complimentary CEUs*

*This web seminar is approved for AoTA contact hours in addition to CEUs approved for all ASA web seminars.

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