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Improving care for older adults
APA co-hosts a briefing to draw attention to the pressing need to strengthen the mental health workforce to care for the nation's older adults. Monitor on Psychology®, Volume 43, No. 11, December 2012.
Psychologists are working as part of health-care teams to help older adults keep their sex lives going strong. Monitor on Psychology, Volume 43, No. 11, December 2012
Competencies for psychological practice in primary care
An inter-organizational work group convened by APA President Suzanne Bennett Johnson has been meeting to articulate the essential competencies needed for psychologists to practice in primary care. APA Division 20, represented by Sara Honn Qualls, PhD and Michele Karel, PhD, is one of nine groups participating. The report of the Work Group is expected to be available this winter. Monitor on Psychology, Volume 43, No. 10, November 2012
Women with Alzheimer's disease show more mental deterioration than men with the condition, even at the same disease stage, according to researchers at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom who analyzed neurocognitive data from 15 studies, revealing a consistent male advantage on verbal and visuospatial tasks and tests of both episodic and semantic memory. Monitor on Psychology, Volume 43, No. 10, November 2012
Brain fitness games can help improve older adults' memory and language skills, finds research conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles. Monitor on Psychology, Volume 43, No. 9, October 2012
Preparing for the 'silver tsunami'
APA's input shaped behavioral health recommendations for the national plan for Alzheimer's disease. It is hoped that the plan will lead to better care for people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers, plus more opportunities for psychologists. Monitor on Psychology, Volume 43, No. 8, September 2012
The projects of the 2012 awardees of APA's Interdivisional Grants Program are described including Divisions 12- Section II and 20 for the development of GeroCentral.org, an online clearinghouse of geropsychology resources that will go live in March. Monitor on Psychology, Volume 43, No. 8, September 2012
Despite poor driving records, most seniors believe they are good behind the wheel, finds a study by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Monitor on Psychology, Volume 43, No. 8, September 2012