The Mental Health and Aging Award recognizes outstanding programs and services in mental health and aging. Nominees should be a member of both ASA and MHAN. Nominees must have made significant contributions to the mental health of older adults, including dementia care, through exemplary research, education, policy planning, advocacy or mental health services that have had demonstrable effectiveness and are inclusive of diverse and underserved populations.
The winner will be featured in the Aging in America Conference program book as well as in AgeBlog and on this page. The award is typically presented during the MHAN Program at the ASA annual conference.
Share DeCroix Bane
The 2014 winner is Share DeCroix Bane, Ph.D. Bane has had a long and distinguished career as an educator, trainer, researcher, therapist, and as an advocate for rural elders. Possessing particular skill in developing mental health services and programs for rural elders, Bane has worked in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative fashion to bring services to underserved people.
Now retired, Bane has been a longtime member and supporter of ASA, beginning in 1975, and was one of the founding members of ASA’s Mental Health and Aging Network (MHAN) constituent group, and has been a very important part of the MHAN’s growth and development. She has served as a member of ASA Board of Directors, as Chair of special programs at ASA conferences, as Rural Track co-Chair, and as editor of the former MHAN newsletter, Dimensions.
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