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AAGP Board: Schultz and Lantz elected to officer positions
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The election of officers for the 2013 AAGP Board of Directors concluded in December, and the following candidates were elected:

President-Elect: Susan Schultz, MD
Secretary/Treasurer-Elect: Melinda Lantz, MD

AAGP's new officers will begin their terms in March at the conclusion of the AAGP 2013 Annual Meeting.


Don't miss the AAGP Annual Meeting in March
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Register now for the AAGP 2013 Annual Meeting to be held March 14-17 in Los Angeles and learn about the latest research and trends in the field over four days. Workshops are filling up quickly so secure your tickets for one or more of the five intensive workshops on neuroscience, treating dementia, billing and coding, and a review in geriatric psychiatry. Learn more and register at AAGPmeeting.org. To make your hotel reservation at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, click here. Reservations must be made by Feb. 10.

AJGP article from UCLA garners national attention
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A recent study on brain tau deposits in retired NFL players in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry has been receiving national media coverage, with reports from USA Today, CNN, NBC, ABC and others. In the study, UCLA researchers, led by Gary Small, MD, an AAGP member, used a brain-imaging tool to identify the abnormal tau proteins associated with traumatic brain injury in five retired National Football League players who are still living. Previously, confirmation of the presence of this protein, which is also associated with Alzheimer's disease, could only be established by an autopsy. See the AJGP study at AJGPonline.org (under "Featured Article") or here. See the UCLA press release here.

AAGP members: Join the discussion
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All AAGP members are invited to join the association's core committees, caucuses, and interest groups. If you'll be attending the Annual Meeting in March, stop by a meeting to learn about association activities. See the schedule of meetings online here. But you don’t have to wait for the Annual Meeting to join the discussion. Sign up for any of the group discussion lists at AAGPonline.org/lists.

American Psychiatric Association's Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric Psychiatry: Nominations due Feb. 26
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The American Psychiatric Association's Council on Geriatric Psychiatry is now soliciting nominations for APA's Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric Psychiatry. This award recognizes an early-career geriatric psychiatrist who has made noteworthy contributions to enhancing the field of geriatric psychiatry through excellence in research, teaching, clinical practice, and community service, and has demonstrated the potential to develop into a future leader in the field. The award will consist of a plaque and a check for $1,000. It will be presented to an individual psychiatrist, who holds a position no higher than assistant professor and is no more than seven years removed from completion of a geriatric psychiatry fellowship. Applications will be judged based on an existing track record of excellence, as well as ongoing and future commitment to geriatric psychiatry and the care of older adults, as demonstrated by academic leadership and service at the early career level and as highlighted in the letters of support.

Submission Requirements: Nominations for this award must come from APA Members. All applications should include a detailed nomination letter highlighting the nominee’s contributions to geriatric psychiatry, and two additional letters of support highlighting more specific facets of the nominee’s career and contributions. At least one letter should be from a geriatric psychiatrist familiar with the nominee’s work, and two of the letters should come from people outside of the nominee's institution. Applications should also include a copy of the nominee’s CV that includes a list of publications as well as grant support. Deadline: Feb. 26. The awardee will be notified of his or her selection by mid-March, and the award will be presented at the Opening Session of APA's annual meeting in San Francisco in May. Submit entries to: Rosa Bracey, American Psychiatric Association, Liaison to the APA Council on Geriatric Psychiatry, 1000 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1825, Arlington, VA 22209-3901; phone: (703) 907-8539, fax: (703) 907-1087; rbracey@psych.org.


Applications for Summer Research Institute in Geriatric Mental Health are due March 1
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The Summer Research Institute in Geriatric Mental Health is seeking applicants for its 2013 meeting. SRI is an NIMH-funded (R25) week-long institute that promotes advancement of post-residency/doctoral fellows and other early stage investigators (pre-K) who hold promise for a research career in geriatric mental health translational, interventions or services research. This year's SRI is hosted by the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Public Health in Baltimore, July 21-26.

Applications are due March 1. Find information about the program and the application procedures here.


Trainees: American Journal of Psychiatry's Residents' Journal call for papers
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David Hsu, MD, of the University of California, Davis Health System, and a Guest Section Editor, AJP Residents' Journal, invites students, residents, and fellows to submit papers on geriatric psychiatry to The American Journal of Psychiatry's Residents' Journal for the August 2013 issue. The deadline is April 1. Dr. Hsu is seeking review articles, research articles, and case reports. Commentaries and book reviews will not be accepted. For the August issue, the journal is interested in the following topics:

• How does one define "wellness" for older adults?

• Describe a situation where a multidisciplinary approach improved the care of an older adult, for example, with geriatric medicine, palliative care, and geriatric nursing.

• How can we improve the integration of psychiatric care with primary care medicine?

• The 2012 Institute of Medicine report on the geriatric mental health workforce notes significant deficits in supply with regard to increasing demand for geriatric services. How can residents help?

• How are patients and psychiatrists coping with the change in DSM-5 of replacing "dementia" with "neurocognitive disorders"?

• What is the future of Alzheimer's disease treatment in light of the recent results with immunotherapy and new genetic discoveries?


Interested authors should email David Hsu for an opportunity to be published in the resident forum of a high-impact journal.


CMS to hold National Provider Call on Jan. 31 on partnership to improve dementia care in nursing homes
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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has developed a national partnership to improve the quality of care provided to individuals with dementia living in nursing homes. This partnership is focused on delivering health care that is person-centered, comprehensive and interdisciplinary. By improving dementia care through the use of individualized, person-centered care approaches, CMS hopes to reduce the use of unnecessary antipsychotic medications in nursing homes and eventually other care settings as well. The partnership promotes a systematic process to evaluate each person and identify approaches that are most likely to benefit that individual. While antipsychotic medications are the initial focus of the partnership, CMS recognizes that attention to other potentially harmful medications is also an important part of this initiative. During this National Provider Call, CMS subject matter experts will discuss the mission of the national partnership, its goals, quality measures, and ongoing outreach efforts. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. To register for the Jan. 31 call, click here.

Innovative Alzheimer's research funding
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The National Institutes of Health announced new funding for the nation's premier Alzheimer’s disease study network to undertake four major studies aimed at finding new treatments for the disease. The award supports the latest projects of the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study, a national consortium of academic medical centers and clinics set up by NIH in 1991 to collaborate on the development of Alzheimer's treatments and diagnostic tools. In this round of studies, the ADCS will test drug and exercise interventions in people in the early stages of the disease, examine a medication to reduce agitation in people with Alzheimer's dementia, and test a cutting-edge approach to speed testing of drugs in clinical trials. For more information click here.

New research on comparative effectiveness
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The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute announced $40 million in grant awards for comparative effectiveness research. PCORI Funding Announcements solicit applications for proposals to support comparative clinical effectiveness research based on its National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda. Each priority represents a line of research inquiry that addresses unmet needs of patients, their caregivers, clinicians and other health care system stakeholders in making personalized health care decisions across a wide range of conditions and treatments. Information on projects funded in Cycle I is provided below. Additional details on future funding cycles are provided in the PCORI website's Funding Opportunities section. In this cycle, several projects related to mental health and/or aging have been funded as follows:

• Improving Psychological Distress Among Critical Illness Survivors and Their Informal Caregivers — Christopher Cox, Duke University

• Long-term Outcomes of Community Engagement to Address Depression Outcomes Disparities — Kenneth Wells, UCLA

• Reducing Disparities With Literacy-Adapted Psychosocial Treatments for Chronic Pain: A Comparative Trial — Beverly Thorn, University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa

• Extension Connection: Advancing Dementia Care for Rural and Hispanic Populations — Ryan Carnahan, University of Iowa

• Optimizing Behavioral Health Homes by Focusing on Outcomes That Matter Most for Adults With Serious Mental Illness — James Shuster, UPMC Center For High-Value Health Care

• Improving Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Nursing Homes — Helena
Temkin-Greener, University of Rochester, England


Click here to learn more.


New resources
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A new report by the Family Caregiver Alliance on Selected Caregiver Assessment Measures: A Resource Inventory for Practitioners.

The Administration on Aging has issued a new toolkit on elder abuse.

The Senate Special Committee on Aging has issued a report entitled, Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: A Comparison of International Approaches, which profiles Japan, Australia, France and the U.K.


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Mediterranean diet may not protect the aging brain
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Despite hopes that a Mediterranean-style diet would be as good for the head as it is for the heart, a new study among French men and women found little benefit to aging brains. The research, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at the participants' dietary patterns in middle age and measured their cognitive performance at around age 65, but found no connection between Mediterranean eating and mental performance. More

Study links dementia to sleep loss
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A link between sleep deprivation and dementia in older people has been found by a new study. The study, which has been featured in the journal Nature Neuroscience, asked participants to memorize a list of words and recall them after having slept through the night. More

How a daily stroll protects the brain against Alzheimer's disease
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A daily stroll around the park switches on a brain process that can help protect the brain against Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. The study found that a stress hormone produced during moderate exercise may protect the brain from memory changes linked to the mind-robbing disease. Scientists say that the latest findings, published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, could also explain why people susceptible to stress are at more risk of developing dementia. More

Study links cognitive deficits, hearing loss
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There's another reason to be concerned about hearing loss — one of the most common health conditions in older adults and one of the most widely undertreated. A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine suggests that elderly people with compromised hearing are at risk of developing cognitive deficits — problems with memory and thinking — sooner than those whose hearing is intact. More


 

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