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AAGP to meet in Orlando, Fla., this week
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AAGP’s 2014 Annual Meeting begins Friday, March 14 in Florida at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. If you have not pre-registered, you can still join us and register on site. Registration opens March 13 at 4 p.m. in the Oceans Foyer at the Renaissance, and then opens March 14-17, each day at 7 a.m.

After the meeting, check out the AAGP website, www.AAGPonline.org, for news of the meeting, including awards announcements and the sale of session recordings.
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Christine M. deVries to retire as CEO of AAGP
AAGP
Christine M. deVries announced her plans to retire as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry effective April 4. During her tenure at AAGP, Chris deVries has been a driving force to define programmatic direction for the association and connections to policy makers, government officials, and other stakeholders making decisions that impact patients and the profession.

“Chris assumed her new role of CEO of AAGP in May 2000 with grace, determination, and a can-do collegial attitude, working with a succession of boards, Presidents, Treasurers, and Committee Chairs,” said AAGP President David C. Steffens, MD. “Under Chris’ leadership, AAGP has become a vibrant growing organization evolving to a multi-disciplinary home for all professional health providers of geriatric mental health services. Chris has placed an indelible stamp on who we are, and because of her efforts, AAGP is poised to move forward, confident that we are the leader advocating for older adults with mental health needs.”

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New AAGP officers to begin positions in March
AAGP
With the conclusion of the AAGP 2014 Annual Meeting next week, new officers of the Board of Directors and one board member will begin their terms. Susan Schultz, MD, of the University of Iowa, will become president, and Melinda Lantz, MD, of the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, will become secretary/treasurer. Gary Small, MD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, will become president-elect, and Amita Patel, MD, CMD, MHA, CPE, in Dayton, Ohio, will become secretary/treasurer-elect. Eve Byrd, MSN, MPH, FNP-BC, of the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression in Atlanta, will begin a term on the board as a director.
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AMDA changes name, expands membership
AMDA
At its annual conference, AMDA's House of Delegates voted to change the organization's name to AMDA — The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. AMDA also voted to expand full membership to nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants. In a press release, AMDA says its name change reflects the increasing prominence of post-acute care in the long-term care continuum, and the longstanding presence of attending physicians and other practitioners in AMDA’s membership in addition to medical directors. NPs and PAs will now be able to participate fully in the organization, to serve on and chair national committees, to participate in state chapters according to conditions and requirements each chapter chooses to establish, including being Delegates to the AMDA House of Delegates. Six of AMDA’s national officers will remain physicians; however one of the three House of Delegates representatives on the Board, and one of the three State Presidents Council representatives on the Board may be a non-physician at any one time. AMDA plans to implement these changes over the next few months.
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Alzheimer's may be cause of more deaths than currently reported
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A study published this month in Neurology indicates that the number of deaths from Alzheimer’s disease in the United States may be larger than reported on death certificates. Currently, Alzheimer’s is listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the sixth-leading cause of death. The new study, however, calculates that it may actually be the third-leading cause of death. The study “Contribution of Alzheimer disease to mortality in the United States” is online here. The authors are: Bryan D. James, PhD; Sue E. Leurgans, PhD; Liesi E. Hebert, ScD; Paul A. Scherr, PhD, ScD; Kristine Yaffe, MD and David A. Bennett, MD.
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AAGP to meet in Orlando, Fla., this week
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AAGP’s 2014 Annual Meeting begins Friday, March 14 in Florida at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. If you have not pre-registered, you can still join us and register on site.

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New 'Research Agenda For Suicide Prevention' released
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The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force of the National Institutes of Health has announced that the finalized document — "A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives" — is available for download online at www.suicide-research-agenda.org.

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Cooking meat 'may be dementia risk'
BBC
Browning meat in the oven, grill or frying pan produces chemicals which may increase the risk of developing dementia, U.S. researchers suggest.

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Get the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry iPad® Edition
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As an AAGP member, you are entitled to The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry iPad® Edition for free. All you have to do is register to activate your access and download the app. For information, go to www.ajgponline.org/content/mobileaccessinstructions.

The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry iPad® Edition allows you to get the content you need, where and when you need it. No more waiting until you're online. No more making sure you have your print copy handy.

You can:
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  • Take notes and highlight within articles
  • Quickly swipe through articles and issues
  • Save to your favorite reader app
  • Get up-to-the minute alerts on new issues and featured articles by activating the App Alerts

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Blood test predicts Alzheimer's disease
CNN
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have developed a blood test for Alzheimer's disease that predicts with astonishing accuracy whether a healthy person will develop the disease. Though much work still needs to be done, it is hoped the test will someday be available in doctors' offices, since the only methods for predicting Alzheimer's right now, such as PET scans and spinal taps, are expensive, impractical, often unreliable and sometimes risky.
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CMS says no to additional meaningful use and ICD-10 delays
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Despite pleas from organized medicine, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says there will be no delays to Stage 2 of the meaningful use incentive program. In addition, implementation of ICD-10 will also go on as scheduled. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of CMS, made the announcement at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society trade show and convention. It came a week after a group of 48 medical associations and societies sent a letter requesting more time to implement the 2014 edition certified software needed for Stage 2.
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Healthy dietary choices in midlife may prevent dementia in later years
News-Medical.net
Healthy dietary choices in midlife may prevent dementia in later years, according a doctoral thesis published at the University of Eastern Finland. The results showed that those who ate the healthiest diet at the average age of 50 had an almost 90 percent lower risk of dementia in a 14-year follow-up study than those whose diet was the least healthy. The study was the first in the world to investigate the relationship between a healthy diet as early as in midlife and the risk of developing dementia later on.
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Video conferencing allows near and far caregivers to help loved ones
Medical Xpress
Of an estimated 65 million Americans who provide some type of care to an ill family member, about 7 million live at least an hour from the relative they're caring for. The issue, then, is how to get these "distance caregivers" in the room when doctors meet with their patients and local, hands-on caregivers for exams and to discuss treatment.
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Alzheimer's disease protected against by estrogen
Guardian Liberty Voice
More than a decade’s worth of research indicates that estrogen may play an important role in protecting aging persons from developing Alzheimer’s disease. Given the evidence, some researchers are already seeking to apply the protective properties of estrogen towards developing treatment therapies for Alzheimer’s disease.
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