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President's column: Members at forefront of innovation and collaboration
By Susan K. Schultz, MD
As we move into summer, it is rewarding to reflect on the accomplishments of our AAGP members and their contributions to the field over the past year! Along these lines, I am delighted to share that our AAGP Past President and AJGP Editor in Chief Dilip V. Jeste has been appointed as Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care at the University of California, San Diego, and will direct their newly established Center on Healthy Aging and Senior Care. The center is poised to become a major think-tank for senior care policy, research and training. Goals include developing new evidence-based, personalized and cost-effective health care models, and helping train new generations of physicians, pharmacists and scientists with expertise in aging and geriatric mental health. It is exciting to see our AAGP members at the forefront of innovation and collaborative efforts to address critical eldercare needs.
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Geriatric psychiatry loses a founding father: Dr. Charles A. Shamoian
By George S. Alexopoulos, MD
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Charles A. Shamoian, MD, PhD, on May 12, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Paula Shamoian, his children Paula Katze and Chaz Shamoian, his son-in-law John, his daughter-in-law Michelle, and his grandchildren Jason, Evan and Briana.

Dr. Shamoian was one of the founding fathers of geriatric psychiatry worldwide. At a time when our field was in its infancy, he used his clinical skills, his sharp intellect and his deep caring for older patients to treat, generate ideas, attract talent, teach, advocate and organize. His patients have been grateful to him for his devotion to their care. His students learned not only our specialty but how to become caring physicians. His peers respected, admired and welcomed his leadership. Dr. Shamoian started the geriatric psychiatry program at Weill-Cornell Medical College. He served as the AAGP Secretary in 1984-1985 and as its President in 1987-1988. He held several offices in the Gerontological Society of America and many other organizations. He left us a wealth of manuscripts and a model for integrity, humanity, sensitivity, and wisdom. He will be sorely missed.

His obituary can be found at www.legacy.com/obituaries/lohud/obituary.aspx?n=charles-a-shamoian&pid=171022893&fhid=18222.

AAGP member George S. Alexopoulos, MD, is the S.P. Tobin and A.M. Cooper Professor, and Director, Weill-Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry.

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Participate in AAGP's membership survey and help recruit trainees to the field
The AAGP MIT Caucus and Early Career Geropsychiatrists have created a short survey to learn more about the current field of late-life mental health care. The information gathered from the AAGP membership will be used to create informational brochures and short videos to recruit trainees into the field. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey. Your responses will be anonymous. Thank you for helping with this important project.

Complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/67W678S

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AAGP member news: Jordan Karp
Jordan F. Karp, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, has been accepted into the Hartford Change AGEnts Policy Institute, a three-day program to give participants the opportunity to gain new knowledge and acquire skills necessary to mobilize for action on policy issues that bring about improvements in health care and quality of life for older adults. The program is funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and managed by The Gerontological Society of America. The Institute, to be held June 22-24, in Washington, D.C., will help participants gain a stronger understanding of the complex policy-making environment and the role that they can play in driving policy outcomes. Topics will range from federal policy and regulatory change to state and local policy work. Karp's work will focus on loan repayment and forgiveness initiatives for those entering geriatric-specialty care training programs, such as geriatric psychiatry fellowships. "This has high relevance for my work in geriatric psychiatry education," Karp said of the program. "I'm excited about learning this new set of skills."
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Session proposals for AAGP's 2015 Annual Meeting in New Orleans are due by June 15
AAGP is accepting proposals for the 2015 Annual Meeting to be held March 27-30 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme of the meeting is "Interprofessional Practice: Working Together to Meet the Mental Health Needs of Older Adults." The meeting will focus on:
  • Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and behavioral issues
  • Late-life depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety
  • Nonpharmacologic and alternative treatment options
  • Multidisciplinary care
  • Substance abuse/misuse and aging
  • Cultural competence for a diverse older population
  • Integrated models of care and other policy initiatives impacting the field and patients
  • And much more
Be an important part of this interdisciplinary educational event and submit your proposals for sessions, clinical case study presentations, and posters. Learn More and Submit Abstracts: www.AAGPonline.org/2015CFP

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The hidden type of Alzheimer's doctors miss
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The claim: Roughly 1 out of 10 Alzheimer's patients — particularly men — may suffer from a subtype of the disease called hippocampal sparing Alzheimer's. As the name suggests, this form of the disease spares the patient's hippocampus, or memory center.

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Citalopram, an antidepressant better known by its commercial name Celexa, has a remarkable side effect, a new study has found. In both mice bred to develop Alzheimer's disease and in healthy human volunteers, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI, drives down the production of a protein called beta-amyloid.

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AAGP call for candidates for MIT Member of Board of Directors: Applications due July 15
The AAGP Member-in-Training (MIT) Nominations Committee is seeking qualified candidates to run for the MIT Board Member position for 2014/2015. All current Members-in-Training of AAGP are eligible to run. (A member-in-training is defined as a physician who (1) is enrolled in an accredited residency in psychiatry or (2) is enrolled in a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry that is affiliated with an accredited residency program). Members interested in being considered for this position are encouraged to submit a completed application to the MIT Nominations Committee. Learn more: www.AAGPonline.org/MITcall.
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The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology modifies MOC requirements
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) recently announced increased flexibility of the ABPN Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program requirements. There are two changes effective immediately.

1. Feedback modules now will require that diplomates collect feedback from only ONE of the following options.

Feedback Module Options (Choose One):
  • Five patient surveys
  • Five peer evaluations of general competencies
  • Five resident evaluations of general competencies
  • 360 Degree evaluation of general competencies with five respondents
  • Institutional peer review of general competencies with five respondents
  • One supervisor evaluation of general competencies
Diplomates no longer must complete patient surveys AND peer surveys to meet the feedback module for Part IV of MOC (PIP). Diplomates must now complete only ONE of the above options to satisfy the feedback module requirement.

2. Based on recent feedback from the field and availability of ABPN-approved MOC products, the ABPN has modified the requirements for the 10-Year MOC program. All diplomates in the 10-Year MOC Program (MOC candidates in 2015-2021) will be required to complete:
  • 300 Category-1 CME credits
  • 24 Category-1 CME credits from Self Assessment Activities (can count toward the 300 total CME credits)
  • 1 PIP Unit (clinical module and feedback module)
Learn more at the ABPN website at www.ABPN.com.

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Free online sessions from the AAGP 2014 Annual Meeting
Access two sessions from the AAGP 2014 Annual Meeting and earn continuing medical education credits.

Neurocognitive Disorders, the DSM-5, and Informed Treatment Choices
  • View Symposium Archive: www.neurosciencecme.com/CM888 (Credit Expiration Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015)
  • CME Credit (Physicians): The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Late-Life Depression: More Than a Mood Disorder
  • View Symposium Archive: www.neurosciencecme.com/CM889 (Credit Expiration Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015)
  • CME Credit (Physicians): The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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National review course in geriatric psychiatry
Sept. 7-8, 2014, Eaton Chelsea, Toronto, Ontario

The National Review Course was awarded the 2014 CPA-COPCE award for Most Outstanding Continuing Education Activity in Psychiatry in Canada. This intensive, two-day educational course in geriatric psychiatry is held immediately before the CCSMH-CAGP 2014 Joint Scientific Meeting. This educational event is suitable for geriatric psychiatrists, geriatricians, family physicians and allied-health professionals interested in learning more about geriatric psychiatry. A special half-day segment on psychopharmacology will be held with three separate streams for specialists, family physicians and non-physicians; internationally renowned speaker Charles Reynolds III, MD, will be speaking on sleep disorders. Over the two days, 16 speakers will be covering 13 major topics in geriatric psychiatry. The topics were carefully chosen based on a needs assessment of last years' attendees and a survey of the full CAGP membership.

Learn more and register: www.cagp.ca/Default.aspx?pageId=143054&eventId=859070&EventViewMode=EventDetails

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CCSMH-CAGP 2014 Joint Scientific Meeting
Sept. 9-10, 2014, Toronto, Ontario

The CAGP — the voice of Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada – has announced that its 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in collaboration with the Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health (CCSMH). This year’s Joint Scientific Meeting brings together participants from across Canada and provides an opportunity to network with colleagues. Don’t miss this opportunity to exchange ideas while gaining up-to-date knowledge on managing key issues in seniors’ mental health. A lively program combines academic and practical clinical presentations that cater to a multidisciplinary audience.

Learn more and register: www.cagp.ca/Default.aspx?pageId=1823562&eventId=851184&EventViewMode=EventDetails

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Schizophrenia may raise dementia risk in older adults
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Older adults who have schizophrenia appear to face a higher risk of getting dementia, new research suggests. "The rates of dementia in those with schizophrenia in the study were twice that of non-schizophrenic patients," said lead researcher Hugh Hendrie, a Regenstrief Institute investigator and a scientist at the Indiana University Center for Aging Research. On the other hand, while those with schizophrenia were also more likely to develop other health problems, they were less likely to get cancer. The study is published in the May issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
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Alzheimer's disease symptoms reversed in mice given compound targeting RNA
Medical Daily
A group of mice displaying hallmark symptoms of Alzheimer's disease had their symptoms reversed after they were given a compound developed by a group of St. Louis University researchers, a new study finds. The study is the first, the researchers believe, to look at the power of antisense compounds at reducing brain inflammation and aiding in memory revival.
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Potential new Alzheimer's treatment may come from an unexpected protein
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A protein implicated in producing aggregates harmful to the body may protect against Alzheimer's. Ongoing research into how this mechanism might work has led one team of researchers to the verge of creating a new drug to prevent or delay Alzheimer's symptoms. Transthyretin is a protein that acts as a transporter, carrying vitamin A and the hormone thyroxine through the body via cerebrospinal fluid and the bloodstream.
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Study: Cynicism linked to greater dementia risk
CNN
A new study in the latest edition of Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, found that cynical people have a higher likelihood of developing dementia. Cynicism is a deep mistrust of others. Psychologists consider it a kind of chronic anger that develops over time. Specifically, the kind of cynicism researchers looked at involved doubting the truth of what people say and believing most people are motivated by self-interest rather than by what is best for the community.
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