CONA spring 2013 meeting

CONA’s full agenda included discussion of science, practice, education and training and policy issues.

At its spring 2013 meeting, CONA focused on its strategic initiatives that include Optimal Aging, Developing and Maintaining the Workforce to Serve Older Adults, and Integrated Health Care. As CONA and APA spent considerable energy over the past two years on dementia issues in conjunction with the development of the first National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, it was decided to expand the focus to the broad continuum of cognitive aging. We know a good deal about risk factors for cognitive decline and evidence-based practices for promoting cognitive wellness. It is important to get that information out.

CONA plans to develop a white paper that will highlight the evidence base for psychological interventions relative to cognitive aging across the continuum. It will serve as a base for a wide variety of educational and policy efforts. The recently updated Life Plan for the Life Span brochure (see Resources section) will also be broadly distributed as it contains recommendations to enhance one’s chances for optimal aging.

To support its workforce initiative, CONA met with Greg Niemeyer, PhD, the APA associate director for Continuing Education (CE) to discuss increasing APA CE offerings in psychology and aging. There are a number of available CE mechanisms that CONA will explore including repurposing articles and books into CE programs. CONA also remains active in integrated health care. In addition to this year’s convention program, Training for Integrated Care with Older Adults (see Convention section), CONA is updating its three Integrated Health Care for an Aging Population fact sheets. CONA also has had conversations with APA CEO, Norman Anderson, PhD, and APA President-elect, Nadine Kaslow, PhD, regarding the rich history of geriatric integrated health care and interprofessional teams and suggested that these efforts, and those who have been involved, should inform psychology’s movement toward increased participation in these models of care.

For those interested in learning more about CONA, a summary of CONA’s efforts (PDF, 215KB) since its inception is available.