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NIA Outlook for 2018

December 18, 2017

Join the senior leadership of each program division within the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to learn about the 2018 outlook for aging research. Moderated by: Marie Bernard, Deputy Director of NIA. Panelists: John Haaga, Director of the Division of Behavioral & Social Research; Eliezer Masliah, Director of the Division of Neuroscience; Winnie Rossi, Deputy Director of Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology; and Felipe Sierra, Director of the Division of Aging Biology.

How to Use the GSA KAER Toolkit: A 4-step Process to Detecting Cognitive Impairment and Earlier Diagnosis of Dementia

December 13, 2017

With the number of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease continuing to grow (estimated at 6 million Americans in 2017), it is imperative that primary care providers conduct earlier cognitive impairment assessments to ensure that older adults receive appropriate medical care and referrals to community services that can often lead to improved health-related outcomes and well-being.

The online GSA KAER toolkit provides approaches and tools for primary care providers to kickstart the cognition discussion with their patients, to assess for cognitive impairment, to evaluate and diagnose dementia, and to provide post‐diagnostic referrals for education and supportive community services for persons with dementia and their family caregivers.

During this webinar, hear how the KAER model was developed, learn how to use the toolkit, and receive an overview of the approaches and featured tools to implementing each step of the KAER model.

Presented by: Richard H. Fortinsky, PhD, FGSA, Professor, UConn Center on Aging and Department of Medicine, Health Net, Inc., Chair in Geriatrics and Gerontology, University of Connecticut School of Medicine; and Katie Maslow, MSW, Visiting Scholar, The Gerontological Society of America.

Supported by an independent grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

US Aging Policy — What You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know

November 9, 2017, 2 to 3 p.m. EST

Think policy doesn’t affect the work that you do in caregiving/immunotherapy/oncology/technology/chronic disease research/long term care/fill-in-the-blank research? Think again. Join GSA Policy Advisor Brian Lindberg, MMHS, and a panel of experts who will discuss how debates that happen on Capitol Hill can impact you. The panel will take your questions live on everything from changes based on the new administration to how to get involved in policy. Featured speakers include Ellen Nissenbaum, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Howard Bedlin, National Council on Aging; and Tricia Neuman, The Kaiser Family Foundation.

Trends in Aging

October 26, 2017

Moderated by GSA President Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FGSA, the four 2017 GSA member section chairs discuss top trends in the field of aging. The panelists discuss how issues such as healthcare, lifespan innovations, and long term care cross disciplines.

Educating Policymakers: Sharing Your Expertise with Capitol Hill

October 23, 2017

In this webinar for GSA and NAGE members, experts in the aging field who have testified on Capitol Hill share their perspectives on the process, preparation, and experience of testifying before a congressional committee.

Presented by:
Brian Lindberg, MMHS, GSA Policy Advisor (moderator); Kathryn Hyer, PhD, MPP, FGSA, Professor/Director Policy Center, School of Aging Studies/Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging, University of South Florida; Janice Knebl, MBA, DO, Chief, Geriatrics Section and Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians, Endowed Chair in Geriatrics, University of North Texas Health Science Center; and Frank Lin, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health, and Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Aligning your Scientific Inquiry with Public Policy: Recommendations from Experts in Policy and Aging (GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Professional Development Webinar Series)

October 13, 2017

Given the projected growth of the older population in the United States, researchers and clinicians are tasked to explore ways to promote the health and well-being of older adults through policy. A few examples of relevant policy issues include end-of-life care, elder abuse, long-term care and Medicare reform. Emerging scholars have the unique opportunity to influence policy and engage in important discussions with policy makers to advocate for the aging society. Join us for the eighth installment of the ESPO Professional Development Webinar Series to learn more about best practices in aligning your work with the public policy arena.

Presented by:
Gretchen E. Alkema, PhD, LCSW, FGSA, serves as vice president of policy and communications for The SCAN Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the 2008-09 John Heinz/Health and Aging Policy Fellow and an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, serving in the office of Senator Blanche L. Lincoln. Brian Lindberg, MSW, MMHS, is the public policy advisor for The Gerontological Society of America in Washington, DC. Brian worked in Congress for ten years on the House Select Committee on Aging and the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Brian Kaskie, PhD, MPH, has served as a professor of health policy in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa, College of Public Health since 2000. He currently is working as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow with the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging (Senator Susan M. Collins).

Supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

Respiratory Disease in Older Adults: Focus on RSV

February 27, 2017

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can cause infections of the respiratory tract, which in some cases may lead to serious illness or death in vulnerable populations, particularly among older adults over the age of 60. In fact, RSV has been identified as the second-most common cause of viral pneumonia in older adults, after influenza. Older adults are among those most susceptible to RSV due to immunosenesence, resulting in decreases of RSV neutralizing titers and cell-mediated immunity responses.  RSV in older adults additionally impacts the health and wellness of loved ones and caregivers.

This GSA webinar addresses the epidemiology of respiratory disease in older adults, immunology and aging — why older adults get respiratory disease, and how to prevent and manage RSV infections. Featured speakers include GSA experts R. Gordon Douglas, Jr, MD; Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH; and David Canaday, MD.

This webinar was developed by GSA and supported by Novavax.

Culturally Adapting Interventions to Promote Healthy Aging among Latinos: Best Practices in Research and Publishing (GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Professional Development Webinar Series)

February 17, 2017

The older population in the United States is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. As minority populations grow and see longer life expectancies, researchers and clinicians are tasked to explore ways to promote the health and well-being of racial and ethnic minority populations. Given the growing diversity of the older population emerging scholars are uniquely positioned to focus on the health of minority aging population. In this seventh installment of the ESPO Professional Development Webinar Series, learn more about best practices in research and publishing in minority aging. 

Presented by Dr. Adriana Perez, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN. Perez moved from Arizona to Philadelphia to join the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Nursing faculty in 2015. At Penn, she has the opportunity to strengthen her work so that it has a greater impact and is more sustainable across diverse communities. She is partnering with a pediatric nurse practitioner to develop an inter-generational physical activity program for seniors and their grandchildren. Perez is working with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses to teach multicultural families, particularly Latinos, about concepts such as premiums and co-payments, and the benefits of health insurance, so they can select health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace and use it to stay healthy and save money.

This webinar is supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

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