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Do you have research to share?
AAGP
Consider submitting your research as a poster for the AAGP 2014 Annual Meeting in March in Orlando, Florida. Posters are self-explanatory visual presentations of research work. AAGP is seeking poster submissions from the full range of professionals in the field of geriatric psychiatry: physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, students, and more. The "early investigator" designation is designed to highlight the research of students, residents, trainees, and research and clinical fellows, as well as junior faculty and K-awardees who are no more than two years post fellowship training. Poster submissions are due in October. Learn more and submit at www.AAGPmeeting.org.
  • New research poster submissions due Oct. 1
  • Early investigator poster submissions Due Oct. 15
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Online education on Alzheimer's disease, geriatric depression
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Two AAGP 2013 Annual Meeting Sessions are now online. If you missed these sessions on geriatric depression and Alzheimer's disease, watch the videos and register for a live question and answer session.

Tune in online with an expert faculty triad for the AAGP symposium archive entitled, Mature Mood Matters: New and Emerging Developments in Geriatric Depression. Then, register for the live Q&A session on Aug. 21 with Charles F. Reynolds III, MD, for 30 minutes of Ask the Expert Q&A as a follow-up to the archive.

Join a second AAGP symposium archive entitled, Technologies to Advance the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. Register for the live Q&A session for this archive on Sept. 4, when Gary W. Small, MD, will be on hand for 30 minutes of online Ask the Expert Q&A.

Click on the activity titles below to participate in the online symposium archive and register for the live Q&A.

Mature Mood Matters: New and Emerging Developments in Geriatric Depression
• View symposium archive — participate anytime: www.neurosciencecme.com/cmea.asp?ID=786
• Register for Ask the Expert Q&A: www.neurosciencecme.com/cmea.asp?ID=803
Live Q&A webcast: Wednesday, Aug. 21 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. ET

Technologies to Advance the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease
• View symposium archive — participate anytime: www.neurosciencecme.com/cmea.asp?ID=789
• Register for Ask the Expert Q&A: www.neurosciencecme.com/cmea.asp?ID=792
Live Q&A webcast: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. ET

What are your toughest clinical questions regarding geriatric depression and Alzheimer's disease? Feel free to submit your questions prior to the Q&A launch by emailing the faculty at questions@cmeoutiftters.com.

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LEAD coalition and AAGP urge Senators to co-sponsor HOPE for Alzheimer's Act
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As a member of the LEAD (Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer's Disease) coalition, AAGP joined with 60 other member organizations last month to sign onto a letter urging U.S. senators to cosponsor the Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education for Alzheimer's Act (S.709/H.R. 1507). The HOPE for Alzheimer's Act would help ensure that individuals receive an appropriate diagnosis, and that they and their families get critical information about Alzheimer's disease and available care options. The bill would combine the existing Medicare benefits for diagnosis and care planning into a single package of services that includes: a comprehensive clinical diagnostic evaluation for Alzheimer's disease; care planning services to provide newly-diagnosed individuals, their personal representative, or family caregivers information about options for treatment and support; and documentation of both the diagnosis and any care planning services in the beneficiary’s medical record. LEAD is co-convened by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America and USAgainstAlzheimer's. Members work collaboratively to focus the nation's strategic attention on Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and to accelerate transformational progress in care and support, detection and diagnosis, and research, leading to prevention, effective treatment, and an eventual cure.
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Physician Payments Sunshine Act now in effect, as of Aug. 1
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The Physician Payments Sunshine Act requires manufacturers of covered drugs, devices, biologics, and medical supplies to send information about payments or other transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services every year. Manufacturers are required to collect and track payment, transfer, and ownership information beginning Aug. 1. In addition, manufacturers and group purchasing organizations must report certain ownership interests held by physicians and their immediate family members. The majority of the information contained in the reports will be available on a public, searchable website. Physicians have the right to review their reports and challenge reports that are false, inaccurate or misleading. CMS calls this national transparency program "OPEN PAYMENTS."
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New website of instruments for detecting Alzheimer's, cognitive impairment
A new database created by the National Institute on Aging in consultation with experts in the field is available to help clinicians and researchers find instruments to detect cognitive impairment in older adults. The database, available at www.nia.nih.gov/research/cognitive-instrument, contains detailed information about more than 100 published instruments for detecting Alzheimer's disease and other types of cognitive impairment. Each instrument in the database was developed as a cognitive assessment for age-related dementia and has had at least three published studies using the instrument since its debut and at least one publication in the last 10 years. Many instruments are suitable for outpatient practices and community studies.

Users can search the database by specific criteria, such as time to administer the instrument, the administrator's level of expertise, cost, and target diagnosis. The database includes instruments that have been evaluated in specific populations and translated into languages other than English. Each instrument is summarized, with references cited and linked for easy access.

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Scholars Program reminders
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Applications due Oct. 1. AAGP is now accepting applications for the Scholars Program, which provides beneficiaries with full access to all AAGP member programs and activities through association membership and activities during the AAGP Annual Meeting. This includes structured mentorship programs and tools for medical students and residents to make informed choices about their medical careers. Medical students in an LCME- or COCA-accredited medical school and general psychiatry residents in PGY 1-4 in an ACGME- or AOA-accredited training program in the U.S. or a Canadian accredited residency program may apply for general scholarships. Psychiatry residents in PGY-1, 2, or 3 may apply for the honors scholarships. Learn more and apply online: www.AAGPonline.org/scholars.

Donations needed by Sept. 30. Donations received by Sept. 30 will be used for the 2014 program. Donations allow trainees to attend the AAGP Annual Meeting and benefit from special programming, including a mentorship program; donations cover travel, housing, and meal expenses for the trainees. Please support this valuable program. Learn more and donate: www.AAGPonline.org/donatescholars.

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Do you have research to share?
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AAGP member news: Wallack publishes book on Alzheimer's
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AAGP student member Max Wallack, along with Carolyn Given, recently published a book on Alzheimer's disease for children. Wallack's book is available through Amazon.com.

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President's Column: You and AAGP
By David C. Steffens, MD, MHS
It is a truism that the strength of any organization lies in the individual strengths, talents and involvement of its people. AAGP is a strong organization because its members are passionate about our field and are willing to devote time to advancing our clinical, research and educational missions.

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American Psychiatric Association's Geriatric Psychiatry Awards:
Nominations due Aug. 15


Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric Psychiatry. This award recognizes an early career geriatric psychiatrist who has made noteworthy contributions to 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 honoree must be a 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. This award is made possible with funds from the John A. Hartford Foundation, a private philanthropy working to improve the health of older Americans.

Jack Weinberg Memorial Award for Geriatric Psychiatry. Established in 1983 in memory of Jack Weinberg, MD, this award honors a psychiatrist who, over the course of his or her career, has demonstrated special leadership or who has done outstanding work in clinical practice, training, or research into geriatric psychiatry. Candidates for the award must be psychiatrists who are nominated by an APA member.

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Closeness between grandparents, adult grandkids may ease depression
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
A good relationship between grandparents and their adult grandchildren can provide a psychological boost for both generations, according to a new study. Researchers from Boston College found this type of close-knit bond was linked to fewer symptoms of depression for both the seniors and the young adults. And the closer the emotional ties, the bigger the benefit, they found.
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Alzheimer's research receives nitro boost
By Denise A. Valenti
"Nitro" compounds are often highly explosive, with the nitro group being one of the more common explosophores used throughout the world. However, a very different application of nitro — NitroMemantine — is being discussed in the medical world as a treatment on the horizon for Alzheimer's disease. The work spanning a decade was published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and it demonstrates that NitroMemantine can restore connections between nerve cells destroyed by Alzheimer's disease impacting the brain.
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Study ties higher blood sugar to dementia risk
KMGH -TV
Higher blood-sugar levels, even those well short of diabetes, seem to raise the risk of developing dementia, a major new study finds. Researchers say it suggests a novel way to try to prevent Alzheimer's disease — by keeping glucose at a healthy level. Alzheimer's is by far the most common form of dementia and it's long been known that diabetes makes it more likely.
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Study: Chocolate may help keep brain healthy, sharp in old age
Los Angeles Times
Older chocoholics may have a new excuse to indulge their cravings: The dark stuff not only soothes the soul, but might also sharpen the mind. In a study recently published in the journal Neurology, researchers reported that chocolate may help improve brain health and thinking skills in the elderly. The Boston-based team found that older people who initially performed poorly on a memory and reasoning test and also had reduced blood flow to their brains showed improvement after drinking two cups of cocoa every day for a month.
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Approaching darkness: 1 man blogs his descent into Alzheimer's
Mashable
David Hilfiker, 68, has Alzheimer's disease. He was first diagnosed in September 2012, although he'd experienced symptoms of "mild cognitive impairment" five years beforehand. David is certainly unusual among those who share his diagnosis. Shortly after discovering he had Alzheimer's and announcing his disease to close friends, family and acquaintances, he launched Watching the Lights Go Out on Blogger.
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