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Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program: Applications due April 15
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Unique Opportunity for Professionals in Health and Aging. Candidates with a strong commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential, and interest in aging-relevant policy work are invited to join the next class of Health and Aging Policy Fellows (2013-2014). The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program aims to create a cadre of leaders who will serve as change agents in health and aging policy to ultimately improve the health care of older adults. The year-long fellowship offers a rich and unique training and enrichment program that is focused on current policy issues, communication skills development, and professional networking opportunities to provide fellows with the experience and skills necessary to help affect policy.

The program has a broad interdisciplinary focus and fellows have included physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, dieticians, health care administrators, epidemiologists, economists and lawyers from academic and practice settings, spanning career stages from newly minted PhDs to senior professors and community leaders.

Applications are due April 15. Finalists to be interviewed are notified mid-May, and interviews and the selection of fellow occur in mid-June. For more information on the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program and how to apply, please visit If you have any further questions about the program or how to apply for the fellowship, contact Harold Pincus, MD (director) or Kathleen Pike, PhD (associate director).

American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry: Online changes
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The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry is now published by Elsevier, a leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and is online at If you have the AJGP website bookmarked from last year, be sure to refresh your browser since the website has changed its look. Currently, content on the site is open but will be restricted to AAGP members and AJGP subscribers beginning March 1. Members will need to register and activate their subscriptions. Watch for instructions regarding online access.

Solutions needed to best care for the aging population
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In a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Stephen J. Bartels, MD, a former AAGP president, and John A. Naslund, MPH, write that "the unprecedented aging of the population requires an unprecedented shift in the delivery paradigm for geriatric mental health care." The authors point to a need for novel solutions such as health coaches and lay community health workers and Internet-based and mobile health technologies, as well as reforms at the federal level impacting research, prevention and integrated care.

Read the article here: "The Underside of the Silver Tsunami — Older Adults and Mental Health Care"

Webinar on caregivers as partners and clients of behavioral health services: Feb. 13
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A webinar from the Administration on Aging on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2:30-4:00 p.m. EST, will discuss the role of caregivers in caring for older adults with behavioral health problems such as depression, anxiety and alcohol and prescription drug misuse/abuse. This webinar will also explore the mental health impact that the caregiving role has on lives of caregiver themselves, such as stress, anxiety and depression as well as increased risk for various chronic conditions. Evidence-based programs and available resources, such as the American Psychological Association's Caregiver Briefcase, that address the behavioral health needs of caregivers will be discussed during this webinar. This webinar was developed in partnership with the American Psychological Association, and is one of a series developed by the Older Americans Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Center, Administration on Aging, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. To register, click here.

New jobs page on AAGPonline
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Looking to find or post a listing for a job opening? Visit the new Jobs page on AAGP's website. Through February, there is no charge to post a job listing. To list a job opening, write to

APA's Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric Psychiatry: Nominations due Feb. 26
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The American Psychiatric Association's Council on Geriatric Psychiatry is soliciting nominations for APA's Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric Psychiatry. This award recognizes an early-career geriatric psychiatrist who has made noteworthy contributions to enhancing 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. Nominations are due Feb. 26. Learn more here.

Applications for Summer Research Institute in Geriatric Mental Health are due March 1
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The Summer Research Institute in Geriatric Mental Health is seeking applicants for its 2013 meeting. SRI is an NIMH-funded (R25) week-long institute that promotes advancement of post-residency/doctoral fellows and other early stage investigators (pre-K) who hold promise for a research career in geriatric mental health translational, interventions or services research. This year's SRI is hosted by the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Baltimore, July 21-26. Applications are due March 1. Learn more here.

National Health Services Corps Loan Repayment Program: Applications due April 16
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The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program 2013 application cycle is now open, and will run through April 16. The program offers primary care medical, dental and mental and behavioral health providers the opportunity to have their student loans repaid while serving in communities with limited access to care. To help ensure that the communities with the greatest need are supported, qualified applicants working in Health Professional Shortage Area with the highest scores as of Jan. 1 will be given funding preference. With continued service, NHSC providers may be able to pay off all of their student loans. Learn more here.

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Alzheimer's disease prevalence
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The total number of people with Alzheimer's disease dementia in 2050 is projected to be 13.8 million, with 7 million aged 85 years or older, according to a study in a recent issue of Neurology. The authors estimate that in 2010, there were 4.7 million individuals aged 65 years or older with AD dementia, and of those, 0.7 million were between 65 and 74 years, 2.3 million were between 75 and 84 years , and 1.8 million were 85 years or older. See the study abstract here.

New hope for dementia sufferers
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Research that aims to rid dementia sufferers' brains of toxins could lead to a new treatment that reverses the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in the future. Researchers are investigating new ways to treat Alzheimer's by targeting the blood-brain barrier, which acts as a door to the brain, and is responsible for pumping toxins in the blood away from the brain. More

Northwestern University researchers add to arsenal in Parkinson's fight
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In Chicago, Northwestern University researchers said they have created compounds that could slow the effects of Parkinson's disease, a brain disorder that affects nearly one million people in the U.S. The compounds prevent calcium from flooding parts of the brain known as dopamine neurons, which control movement, without causing significant side effects, the researchers said. Calcium can kill dopamine neurons, which causes the movement disorders that are the main symptoms of Parkinson's disease. The research was published in October in the journal Nature Communications. More

Study: End-of-life care for elderly often too aggressive
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More seniors are dying in hospice than they did a decade ago, but often it follows a stay in the intensive care unit where they are aggressively treated. That's what a new study found, and according to its author, the research suggests doctors may just be thinking of hospice care as an afterthought. "For many patients, hospice is an 'add-on' to a very aggressive pattern of care during the last days of life," Dr. Joan Teno, professor of health services policy and practice at Brown University, said in a written statement. "I suspect this is not what patients want." More

Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease not contagious, study shows
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Despite concerns that faulty brain proteins could be transferred from person to person by treatments involving human fluids and tissues, a new study finds no signs of increased risk for two major degenerative brain diseases among recipients. "I think it's reassuring to people who had transplants, blood transfusions, morticians and researchers who work on these diseases," said the study's senior author, Dr. John Trojanowski, from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. More


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