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TRANSLATING GEROSCIENCE INTO PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTHSPAN: Advances in the Biology of Aging, Biomarkers and Pharmacologic, Nutritional, Exercise and Social Interventions

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Noon to 3 pm ET
See registration instructions above
$52 for members; $65 for nonmembers

The public, law and policy makers, and even those in the field of aging and aging care are not fully aware that biological aging is now being delayed, even reversed, and can prevent or delay chronic diseases of aging. In this jam-packed interactive workshop, “Rock Stars” of geroscience, chronic disease medicine, policy and industry discuss:

  • stunning past and imminent milestones in aging biology
  • common roots and potential common solutions to diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, dementia and cancer
  • accelerating developments in biological clocks and other biomarkers of aging due to new technologies like sensors gathering Big Data, AI and multiple ‘-omics’
  • cutting-edge issues in clinical and regulatory development of interventions targeting aging
  • latest learnings in nutrition, supplements, intermittent fasting, exercise and social/behavioral steps to slow aging and increase healthspan (that portion of life free of debilitating diseases)
  • initiatives in the US and around the world in government policy to realize the “longevity dividend” of trillions in healthcare cost savings and economic opportunity and the cultivation of a society that values the experience and wisdom of elders and views them as assets, not liabilities
  • views from industry and finance on the longevity space, the ‘internet’ of the coming decade(s)
  • the critical contributions of a ‘geroprotective’ strategy to deal with COVID-19 and the inevitable future pandemics

Join this ‘must see’ workshop for an introduction/review/brain-storming round table/call to action on the greatest healthcare challenge and opportunity of this 21st century, subsuming the Wars on Diabetes, Obesity, Alzheimer’s and Cancer.

Designed by Kinexum (kinexum.com) and the Kitalys Institute (kitalys.org), the organizers of the acclaimed Metabesity conferences (see metabesity2020.com), confirmed speakers include:

  • Larry Steinman, MD (Stanford; co-discoverer of the MS drug Tysabri)
  • Alexander Fleming, MD (Kinexum; lead medical reviewer that approved metformin at FDA)
  • Matt Kaebelein, PhD (UW; Biological Sections Chair of GSA)]
  • Nir Barzilai, MD (Albert Einstein; PI of the Targeting Aging with Metformin Trial; author of Age Later)
  • Brian Leyland-Jones, MB, BS, PhD, FRACP, FCPC (National Foundation for Cancer Research)]
  • Steve Horvath, PhD (UCLA; discoverer of the DNA methylation epigenetic clock)
  • Lucy Rose (Founder and President of The Cost of Loneliness Project)
  • Dan Belsky, PhD (Columbia)
  • David Fox, JD (Partner at Hogan Lovells and former Associate Chief Counsel, FDA)
  • Ed Saltzman (Executive Chairman of Cello Health BioConsulting, formerly Defined Health)
  • Dennis Purcell (Founder and Senior Advisor to Aisling Capital)
  • Joan Mannick, MD (co-founder and CMO of resTORbio, in Phase 3 with a ‘rapalog’ for COVID-19)
  • and others to be announced

GSA Mentoring and Career Development Technical Assistance Workshop Virtual Meeting for Early Career Diversity Fellows

October 28 and 29, 2020
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
See registration instructions above
$99 for members; $120 for nonmembers

This unique Mentoring and Career Development Technical Assistance Workshop program is tailored to suit the needs of trainees from diverse backgrounds. This exceptional educational and networking opportunity supports professional training and growth among early career trainees from underrepresented background. The workshop content was designed to provide trainees with rich and diverse professional experiences and specialized gerontological education and mentoring activities. This workshop is designed to empower trainees for successful career development and strategic planning. Comprehensive information related to mentoring, career development, professional networks and leadership will be discussed with the ultimate goal to produce a successful, well-prepared and empowered diverse workforce to contribute to the future of aging research.

Presented by:

Co-Chairs: Patricia Heyn, Keith Whitfield, and Patricia D’Antonio
Faculty: Shani Bardach, Walter Boot, Ruth Dunkle, J Taylor Harden, Roland Thorpe, Tam Perry, Jaron Lockett, and Carmen Sceppa.

The GSA Mentoring and Career Development Technical Assistance Workshop is supported by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R13AG062151.

Access to Care and Improved Outcomes for Diverse Populations With Cognitive Impairments

Monday, November 2, 2020
Noon to 3 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
$52 for members; $65 for nonmembers

The workshop will examine individual, provider, and systems factors that result in disparities of access and outcomes for people with dementia. Issues from the research agenda that resulted from the 2018 and 2020 Dementia Care Summit will also be discussed. The focus of this session will be on the research needs in diverse communities on access to dementia care, the role of informal care in formal care, and community-level interventions that can improve the diagnosis, treatment, and support of diverse older adults with Alzheimer’s disease.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand individual, provider, and systems factors that result in disparities of access and outcomes for diverse populations with Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease–related dementias.
  • To learn about ways to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and support of diverse older adults with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • To be aware of the National Institute of Health’s priority issues and research agenda that have emerged from their Dementia Care Summits.

This 2020 RCMAR Workshop is in conjunction with the GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online.

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. Understanding of COVID-19, also called coronavirus, 2019-ncov, SARS-CoV-2, novel coronavirus, and more, is rapidly increasing. Older adults are at particular risk for serious illness and those 50 and older, particularly with multiple comorbidities, are at higher risk of dying if infected.

The GSA COVID-19 Task Force is monitoring the outbreak and will share resources as they are developed. The best source of information on current cases and guidance for healthcare professionals is the CDC website.


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  • COVID-19 Rapid Response Network for Nursing Homes

    ​The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, is launching the COVID-19 Rapid Response Network for Nursing Homes to support nursing home leadership, staff, residents, families, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Rapid Response Network features a daily 20-minute National Nursing Home Huddle to provide real-time, pragmatic solutions that can be implemented in nursing homes today to solve many of the key problems brought about or exacerbated by COVID-19.

    Calls are open to all. Register at the link.

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Call for Papers

  • The Gerontologist Special Collection: Gerontology in a Time of Pandemic
  • Journal of Gerontology: Series B welcomes brief Research Reports focused on the Covid-19 crisis and its implications for older adults. These submissions will be on a fast-track review schedule; accepted manuscripts will be published in a Virtual Collection in mid- to late-2020. Individual articles will be made available on a rolling basis via Advance Access. Reports may include the analysis of new or established data resources, evidence-based commentaries, or theoretical articles with a well-reasoned and novel perspective on the crisis. The maximum allowable word count is 2,000 words. The word count includes title page, abstract and text. The reference list is limited to no more than 30 entries, and up to 3 data elements. Queries should be directed to Deborah Carr (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for Social Sciences, and Derek Isaacowitz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for Psychological Sciences. Manuscripts may be uploaded to JG: Psychological Sciences at mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jgps and JG: Social Sciences at mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jgss. We will accept submissions through at least June 15, 2020 for the rapid-review Virtual Collection. After that time, paper ideas should be sent to the editor before submission.

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Ageism First Aid is an online multi-module course designed to help change the common negative misconceptions and myths about aging by replacing them with facts that should be common knowledge. The course will support factual conversations about aging and spark widespread use of positive aging-related language among people in the health and helping professions.

As faculty using Ageism First Aid (AFA) as an instructional component in your courses or program, requiring students to complete AFA at the beginning of introductory courses will help ensure all your students are prepared for interactions with older adults that may be required by your course assignments, service learning requirements, work experience, and/or research. The AFA course will help reduce ageism in early writing assignments and discussions, serve as a leveler in courses with students from a variety of disciplines, and provide scaffolding and foreshadowing throughout the course.

The course is written for a broad audience, ranging from high school students to professionals holding graduate degrees and doctorates.

Ageism First Aid contains three modules:

Module One is Foundation Knowledge. The first step in Ageism First Aid is to provide you with facts about older adults and the aging process. These facts will help replace ideas you may have about older adults that are based on misinformation about aging.

Module Two is Ageism Explained. The second step in Ageism First Aid is to help you understand how we learn and develop ageism from early childhood through adulthood and to introduce you to the concept of ageism awareness. Ageism awareness will help you avoid ageism and protect you against the effects of ageism as you grow older.

Module Three is Respectful, Effective, and Appropriate Communication Training. The third step in Ageism First Aid is to provide you with basic communication training as well as some specialized training for how to interact with older adults. The training will help you become a more effective communicator with your family, in your community, and at work.

Take Advantage of the AGHE Referral Royalty Program

Your institution can receive a portion of the learner fees when faculty at your institution use Ageism First Aid in their courses and promote its use in other programs at the institution and through their local Aging Network.

To find out more about how your institution can participate in the Referral Royalty Program, contact Judie Lieu at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration

Cost

Students: $15

Non-Students $20

All users must create a new learner account and select their associated institution and whether or not they are a student.

AFA Acknowledgment Statement

The Ageism First Aid (AFA) project was initially funded by a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation through the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) Founders Innovation Fund and the AGHE Founders 3.0: Special Projects Initiative. AGHE is the Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) educational branch. All three organizations are dedicated reducing ageism and aging stigma and improving the quality of life and overall well-being of older Americans.

The AFA course copyright is held by The Gerontological Society of America.

The AFA project was sponsored by the AGHE Academic Program Development Committee and is a product of collaboration among AGHE member faculty. Special thanks go out to all the contributors, including Laurinda Reynolds, Tina Kruger Newsham, Joann Montepare, and Becky Knight, and the reviewers Janet Frank, Marilyn Gugliucci, and Carrie Andreoletti.

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Ageism First Aid is an online multi-module course designed to help change the common negative misconceptions and myths about aging by replacing them with facts that should be common knowledge. The course will support factual conversations about aging and spark widespread use of positive aging-related language among people in the health and helping professions.

What You Will Learn

As a person already working in the field of aging, the information that you learn will help to unify your affirmative approach to talking about aging, advance your efforts to combat ageism, and—over time—have a positive effect on older adults.

By taking this course, you will:

  • Understand what ageism is, how it develops during childhood and throughout adulthood, how ageism affects people of all ages, and how to avoid participating in ageism.
  • Provide you knowledge to interact more skillfully and effectively with older adults and it will help protect you against the negative influence of ageism.
  • Communicate more effectively with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
  • Help you become a more skilled and successful communicator in your professional and personal life and will enhance your professional credentials.

Ageism First Aid contains three modules:

Module One is Foundation Knowledge. The first step in Ageism First Aid is to provide you with facts about older adults and the aging process. These facts will help replace ideas you may have about older adults that are based on misinformation about aging.

Module Two is Ageism Explained. The second step in Ageism First Aid is to help you understand how we learn and develop ageism from early childhood through adulthood and to introduce you to the concept of ageism awareness. Ageism awareness will help you avoid ageism and protect you against the effects of ageism as you grow older.

Module Three is Respectful, Effective, and Appropriate Communication Training. The third step in Ageism First Aid is to provide you with basic communication training as well as some specialized training for how to interact with older adults. The training will help you become a more effective communicator with your family, in your community, and at work.

Registration

Cost

Members: $20 

Non-Members: $30

Members will need their GSA Member Number to register. Here is how to access your member number:

  • Click the white “Login” button on the top right corner of the home page.
  • Enter your GSA username and password.
  • If you have forgotten your password, select “Forgot your password”.
  • Once logged in, click the white “My Account” button on the top right corner of the home page.
  • Click “My GSA Dashboard" from the black pop-up box.
  • Under “My Account” select “Print Membership Card”.
  • A new window will appear containing your card with member number.

To Access Ageism First Aid Module:

  • Enter your member number as User Name.
  • Select "Forgot Password".
  • You will receive an email that will direct you to reset your password and access the module. 

AFA Acknowledgment Statement

The Ageism First Aid (AFA) project was initially funded by a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation through the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) Founders Innovation Fund and the AGHE Founders 3.0: Special Projects Initiative. AGHE is the Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) educational branch. All three organizations are dedicated reducing ageism and aging stigma and improving the quality of life and overall well-being of older Americans.

The AFA course copyright is held by The Gerontological Society of America.

The AFA project was sponsored by the AGHE Academic Program Development Committee and is a product of collaboration among AGHE member faculty. Special thanks go out to all the contributors, including Laurinda Reynolds, Tina Kruger Newsham, Joann Montepare, and Becky Knight, and the reviewers Janet Frank, Marilyn Gugliucci, and Carrie Andreoletti.

Publication Highlights Care Challenges of Dementia-Related Psychosis

It is estimated that over 2 million Americans with dementia experience delusions (false beliefs) and hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that others do not see or hear). This group of symptoms, known as dementia-related psychosis, may cause significant distress to individuals and their families. Although common, the condition frequently goes undetected in people who may be struggling with other complex behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.

A new publication from The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), “Dementia-Related Psychosis: Gaps and Opportunities for Improving Quality of Care,” brings attention to the need for greater awareness of this condition within the medical community and better support for those affected.

“This new resource provides an excellent overview of an underdiagnosed condition that’s not well understood,” said Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Director Pierre N. Tariot, MD, who contributed his expertise in geriatric psychiatry to the publication’s multidisciplinary review committee. “It will be a useful tool for the research and practice communities to help us build a roadmap for better diagnostic clarity and better patient outcomes.”

A neurologist, a geriatrician, and a long-term care geriatric psychiatrist — Gustavo Alva, MD, Joshua Chodosh, MD, and Gary Epstein-Lubow, MD, respectively — also served as reviewers, as individuals with dementia-related psychosis may require care across various clinical settings.

Currently, there is no consensus in the medical community on how to diagnose dementia-related psychosis, which is clinically distinct from psychosis in other disorders (e.g., schizophrenia). There are also no specific International Statistical Classification of Diseases–Tenth Revision (ICD-10) diagnostic codes that would allow providers to document the condition in medical records, making it difficult to identify, monitor and appropriately manage symptoms.

The GSA publication seeks to fill a gap in the available literature by summarizing best practices for treating dementia-related psychosis and proposing improvements to advance quality of care in this area, including: the development of new ICD-10 codes, more research on evidence-based strategies for treatment, and the need for comprehensive care planning.

“Dementia-Related Psychosis: Gaps and Opportunities for Improving Quality of Care” was developed by GSA through an unrestricted grant from ACADIA Pharmaceuticals.

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