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25th AAGP Annual Meeting in Los Angeles a success

from AAGP

AAGP's Annual Meeting concluded in the "city of angels" on March 17 after four continuous days of educational sessions, plenary sessions, poster sessions, case-based presentations, workshops, product theaters, receptions, networking, committee meetings, and an exhibit hall. The quality of the educational programming was exceptional as planned by the 2013 AAGP Annual Meeting Planning Committee, chaired by Daniel Sewell, MD. Highlights of the meeting included a moving plenary session speech by Patti Davis who talked about her family's approach to her father, President Ronald Reagan, who had Alzheimer's disease. A second plenary session hosted by then-AAGP President Paul Kirwin, MD, consisted of the members of the IOM panel that examined workforce needs of older adults with mental illness and a spirited discussion ensued on the impact of the recommendations of AAGP members. Education sessions covered diverse topics such as treatment strategies for prolonged grieving, advances in the science of capacity assessment, enhanced mental health treatment for vulnerable seniors, and more. Overall, there were over 50 concurrent sessions offered to attendees. The meal symposia were all well attended and dealt with critical clinical topics on new and emerging developments in geriatric depression, technologies to advance the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, and a balanced approach to the long-term management of the behavioral and psychological symptoms in Alzheimer's disease.

AAGP members were able to engage with poster authors twice — with one poster session featuring the work of established investigators and a second poster session focused on early investigators. The latter poster session including a record-breaking number of accepted posters and included poster rounds and, for the first time, competitive cash prizes for the highest scored posters. In addition to the poster sessions, the activity in the Exhibit Hall included interactive exhibits providing product information to the attendees as well as four product theaters featuring presentations to help clinicians in their practices. The meeting offered continuing education for physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists. Work has begun on the AAGP 2014 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Orlando, Fla., March 14-17, 2014. Look for the Call for Presentations to open at on April 15. more

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