Mental Health Needs of Family Caregivers: Identifying, Engaging and Assisting was offered by the American Psychological Association Office on Aging, in partnership with the U.S. Administration on Aging on September 14th . The webinar includes information about:
the increasing number of family caregivers and the diversity among this population and in their experiences;
the range of mental health issues that may occur in family caregivers;
strategies to identify and engage family caregivers experiencing strain, to overcome reluctance to utilize services, encourage self-care, and refer to mental health services when needed;
effective interventions that are proven to be effective in addressing caregiver stress and burden, and
the availability of a wealth of resources to support the strengths and address the problems of family caregivers including the American Psychological Association’s Family Caregiver Briefcase.
Presenters are: William E. Haley, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Professor at the University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies; Barry J. Jacobs, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, family therapist, author, educator and Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, PA; and, Deborah A. DiGilio, MPH, Director, American Psychological Association Office on Aging and immediate past Chair of the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging. Greg Link, MA, Aging Services Program Specialist, U.S. Administration on Aging served as moderator. The webinar is available online.
New Alzheimer’s Guidelines: How Will Research and Practice Be Affected? was offered by the APA Public Interest and Science Directorates on October 3rd. Glenn Smith, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, moderated the 90-minute session. Five speakers, each of whom had a role in formulating the new guidelines, were featured: Creighton Phelps, PhD and Molly Wagster, PhD (both of the National Institute on Aging), Marilyn Albert, PhD (Johns Hopkins University), Yaakov Stern, PhD (Columbia University), and Sandra Weintraub, PhD (Northwestern University). New guidelines for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) were published in April, 2011, by the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute on Aging. The new guidelines, intended to bring new research advances to bear on AD diagnosis, update criteria that were adopted in 1984. The webinar is available online.