Advocating for psychologist representation in national health and aging efforts
APA, the Office on Aging and Committee on Aging (CONA) are very proactive in advocating for the inclusion of psychologists with expertise in aging in national health and aging initiatives. Since November, nominations have been submitted to the Institute on Medicine (IOM) Committee on The Public Health Dimensions of Cognitive Health and Aging, and the IOM Advanced Dementia Expert Panel. One of our nominees, Arthur Kramer, PhD, was selected for the IOM Cognitive Health Committee. APA also nominated psychologists for The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International Standards Advisory Committees to revise standards for Dementia Care Specialty Programs, and to develop mental health standards for an Older Adult Specific Population Designation. Thus far, nominee Margaret Norris, PhD, was selected for the CARF mental health standards group. APA also submitted a nomination for the Commission on Long-Term Care created by the American Taxpayer Relief Act, and the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Elder Maltreatment Screen and Follow-Up Plan Technical Expert Panel. CONA member Karen Roberto, PhD, was selected for the PQRS Elder Maltreatment group. Finally, APA nominated expert psychological scientists for the National Institute on Aging’s National Aging Advisory Council.