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The APA Committee on Aging (CONA)-sponsored convention symposium, "Assessment of capacity in older adults: an APA-ABA collaboration," July 30, at 8 a.m., will showcase an ongoing effort by APA and the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Law and Aging.

The collaboration stems from attorneys' and judges' increasing need for help in assessing cognitive status in older adults--a need psychologists can help meet through their scientific body of knowledge in this area.

Speakers will highlight capacity assessment in older adults from a legal perspective; address issues psychologists confront in making capacity assessments; examine which instruments are most appropriate in making assessments; and summarize recommendations and activities that have emerged from the APA-ABA collaboration.

Symposium speakers include CONA members Leonard Poon, PhD, University of Georgia, and Gregory Hinrichsen, PhD, Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y.; geropsychologists Jennifer Moye, PhD, Brockton VA Medical Center, and David Powers, PhD, Loyola College, Baltimore; and APA Committee on Legal Issues Chair Robert Kinscherff PhD, JD, AOTC-Juvenile Court, Boston, Mass. The ABA representative will be Charles Sabatino, JD, assistant director of ABA's Commission on Law and Aging.

Further discussion of the topic, focused on a document developed to target attorneys who work with older adults, will take place at the third annual CONA Conversation Hour, Wednesday, July 28, at 4:30 p.m.