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Taking Stock
By David C. Steffens, MD, MHS, AAGP President
As 2013 nears its end, I thought I'd take stock of how AAGP has fared this year. Fortunately, this will be a positive story. Financially, we weathered the storm of the multi-year recession, in no small part due to the ingenuity and, at times, sacrifice of the terrific AAGP staff and our CEO, Christine deVries. There is a clear path out of the woods for us, and I am optimistic about our financial outlook for 2014 going forward.

The 2013 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles was a huge success. Besides diverse and informative educational offerings, we were able to support a record 35 scholars, providing registration, lodging, travel and a unique program at the meeting. Our popular preconference Geriatric Psychiatry Review Course not only prepared attendees to take their board exam, but for the first time offered Maintenance of Certification CME. This program sells out each year, so reserve your spot now by registering at www.AAGPmeeting.org.
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Important Annual Meeting dates: Don't miss these opportunities!
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Jan. 15: Late-breaking poster submissions due.
To provide Annual Meeting participants with the latest research, AAGP has reserved slots for a limited number of late-breaking research posters. Late-breaking abstracts describe important current research advances that have not been submitted previously. Learn more at www.AAGPonline.org/2014CFP.

Jan. 23:Last day for Annual Meeting discounts.

Registration fees for the AAGP 2014 Annual Meeting increase next month, so register soon to save $70-80 on full registration, $50 on one-day registration, and $25-50 on workshop fees. Register at www.AAGPmeeting.org.

Feb. 5: Last day for special hotel rate.
The Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld is offering a special rate for meeting attendees. Reserve early before rooms fill up. The special rate is only available through Feb. 5. Learn more at www.AAGPonline.org/hotel.

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SGR repeal bill moves closer to reality in the House and the Senate
AAGP
Legislation to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula and institute a new payment mechanism for physicians treating Medicare beneficiaries is making progress in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Lawmakers have yet to say how these proposals will be paid for.

On Dec. 12, by a vote of 39 to 0, the House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation (H.R. 2810) to revamp the Medicare physician payment law and avoid steep cuts under the SGR system. That bill would provide physicians a 0.5 percent payment increase for three years while they transition to a new payment system based on quality of care and new payment models. An earlier version of the House bill contained a freeze on physicians' pay for ten years. H.R. 2810 must now be considered by the entire House of Representatives.

The Senate Finance Committee approved its version of the legislation (number unavailable) on Dec. 12 by voice vote. The Finance Committee's legislation will not increase physicians’ pay, unlike the House Ways and Means Committee's bill that would provide a boost for a few years. Like its House counterpart, this legislation will now go to the Senate floor for consideration.

Prior to adjourning for the year, both houses of Congress will consider a budget agreement that includes a three-month Medicare physician payment "bridge" that would replace the 24 percent cut scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, with a 0.5 percent payment increase. This payment bridge is intended to avoid disruptions as Congress completes its work on the SGR repeal legislation in 2014.

AAGP is continuing to work with the American Medical Association and other physician groups to achieve a long-term correction of the Medicare physician payment formula at the earliest possible date.

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NIMH Twitter chat on depression and older adults on Dec. 20
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On Friday, Dec. 20, the National Institute of Mental Health will host a Twitter chat on depression and older adults. Jovier Evans, PhD, chief of the Geriatric Translational Neuroscience Program at NIMH, will be on-hand to discuss the topic and answer questions on Dec. 20, 2-3 p.m. ET. Use the hashtag #NIMHchats to follow and participate in the Twitter chat.

To ask questions, you must have a Twitter account. If you prefer to simply observe the chat taking place, you may enter #NIMHchats at twubs.com to view the conversation in real-time. An archive of the chat will be posted on NIMH's website following the event.

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APA Guidelines on Psychological Practice with Older Adults
The American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association has published new Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Older Adults to "assist psychologists in evaluating their own readiness for working with older adults, and in seeking and using appropriate education and training to increase their knowledge, skills and experience relevant to this area of practice." The guidelines cover competence in and attitudes toward working with older adults; general knowledge about adult development, aging, and older adults; clinical issues; assessment; intervention, consultation, and other service provision; and professional issues and education. Access the guidelines online at http://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/older-adults.aspx.
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First batch of genomic data for Alzheimer's disease available from NIH
National Institutes of Health
In December, the National Institutes of Health announced that researchers can now access the first batch of genome sequence data from the Alzheimer's Disease Sequencing Project. The first data release includes whole genome sequence data from 410 individuals in 89 families. WGS determines the order of all 3 billion letters in an individual's genome. Researchers can access the sequence data at dbGaP (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gap) or the National Institute on Aging Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease Data Storage Site, www.niagads.org. The NIH states that genome sequencing — determining the order of chemical letters in a cell's DNA — is a key strategy to identifying new clues to the fundamental cause of Alzheimer's disease and the development of new diagnostics and treatments.
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Number of people with dementia worldwide to reach 135 million by 2050
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Earlier this month, Alzheimer's Disease International, a federation of advocacy and research organizations, released a policy brief which reports a 17 percent increase in the number of people living with dementia, compared to the original ADI estimates in the 2009 World Alzheimer Report.

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Number of people with dementia worldwide to reach 135 million by 2050
Alzheimer's Disease International
Earlier this month, Alzheimer's Disease International, a federation of advocacy and research organizations, released a policy brief titled "The Global Impact of Dementia 2013-2050," which reports a 17 percent increase in the number of people living with dementia, compared to the original ADI estimates in the 2009 World Alzheimer Report. The ADI policy brief revealed that the number of people living with dementia worldwide in 2013 is now estimated at 44 million, reaching 76 million in 2030 and 135 million by 2050. The report predicts a shift in the distribution of the global burden of dementia. Where high-income countries saw the biggest growth, now low and middle income countries are expected to feel the heaviest burden. By 2050, 71 percent of people with dementia will live in low and middle income countries.
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New patient publication on Lew Body Dementia
National Institutes of Health
A new publication from the National Institutes of Health describes Lewy body dementia — a brain disorder that can affect cognition, movement, sleep, and behavior — and offers advice for people with the disease and caregivers. Read "Lewy Body Dementia: Information for Patients, Families, and Professionals" to find out more about: types of LBD: dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson's disease dementia; causes and risk factors; symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment; and caregiving and living with LBD. The 40-page booklet, jointly published by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, is available free online here.
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The American College of Psychiatrists' Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry: Applications due Jan. 5
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The American College of Psychiatrists' Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry is given to an individual who has contributed to advances in geriatric psychiatry. The College first presented the award in 2004. In addition to receiving a grant and a certificate, the awardee delivers a featured lecture at the Annual Meeting. For more information, click here.
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Alzheimer's theory that's been drug graveyard facing test
Bloomberg
Merck & Co. is putting the prevailing theory on the cause of Alzheimer’s to a test with two studies in thousands of people that may, once and for all, determine whether the amyloid tangles that grow in the brain spur the disease or are simply an outgrowth.
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Bolstering a link between Alzheimer's disease and lead exposure
Science Now
Researchers striving to understand the origins of dementia are building the case against a possible culprit: Lead exposure early in life. A study spanning 23 years has now revealed that monkeys who drank a lead-rich formula as infants later developed tangles of a key brain protein, called tau, linked to Alzheimer's disease.
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G8 summit calls for AIDS-style fight against dementia
Reuters via Fox News
The world needs to fight the spread of dementia in the same way it mobilized against AIDS, a British government minister told a special summit on the disease, saying failure to tackle it would wreck state health budgets.
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Damaged blood vessels may contribute to Alzheimer's
Futurity
Cells in the blood-brain barrier may control multiple steps in the progression of Alzheimer's disease — and could serve as potential targets for new treatments, researchers say. "To my knowledge this is the first study showing how the brain's vascular system may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease," says Berislav V. Zlokovic, director of the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and chair for Alzheimer's Disease Research.
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Coping with Alzheimer's disease
New Hampshire Magazine
In an interview that aired last spring on National Public Radio with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, horror meister Stephen King revealed his deepest, darkest fear. As he’s grown older, he said, he finds that vampires and zombies no longer worry him much. Alzheimer’s disease does. "That’s the boogeyman in the closet now," he said. "I'm afraid of losing my mind."
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