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Upcoming Deadlines

Hartford Partnership for Aging Education Leadership Award Deadline September 14, 2009
The New York Academy of Medicine's Social Work Leadership Institute is pleased to announce The Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education (HPPAE) Leadership Awards. HPPAE is currently accepting nominations for the second annual HPPAE Leadership Awards. This award is open to all HPPAE partners. For more information, please click here.

The GSA Annual Meeting Late-Breaker Poster Abstract Submissions Due September 15, 2009
For more information, please visit the GSA website and download the .pdf document regarding submissions here (submission instructions).

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GSA’s 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting: Register by September 22nd and Save
GSA will be hosting its 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting, November 18-22 in Atlanta, Georgia. The broad scope of this meeting allows you to stretch your imagination through listening to multidisciplinary perspectives, networking with a global audience, learning about emerging trends, and more. To register, visit

New HPPAE Publication
The Hartford Practicum Partnership for Aging Education (HPPAE) has published the first issue of Generativity: Advances Social Work in Aging, an alumni and student e-journal. You can view the first issue here ( Submissions for the winter issue are currently being accepted.

Hartford Faculty Scholar Mentors Elected to GSA Positions
We would like to congratulate Dr. Nancy Kropf, who has been elected to the position of Treasurer, and Dr. Letha Chadiha, who has been elected to the position of Chair of the Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section. We wish them both successful terms in their elected positions.

AGHE Accepting Nominations for the Distinguished Teacher Honor
Please consider nominating a colleague for the Distinguished Teacher Honor. Nomination packages are due by Friday, October 2, 2009. For more information, please visit the Distinguished Teacher Honor page at

Our Heartfelt Congratulations Go Out To The Following
Hartford Faculty Scholar Dr. Keith Anderson, had his work featured in an article titled “Are ‘age-inaccurate’ photos of deceased indicative of increasing ageism in U.S.?” Read more from his interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette here (

Hartford Pre-Dissertation Awardee Dr. Shawn D. King, who was named the Jane B. Aaron Doctoral Fellow by National Association of Social Workers.

Nicole MacFarland, LCSW, CASAC, and Hartford Pre-Dissertation Awardee, has received an award titled Individual of Distinction in Addiction Education and Training for New York State for her work providing treatment, training, and research in the field of geriatric addictions and mental health.

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Research & News

World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics Meets in Paris, July 5-9th
The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress was hosted in Paris, France July 5-9. Several Hartford Faculty Scholars participated in poster sessions and provided presentations. The Gerontological Society of America will host the 2017 IAGG World Congress in San Francisco, CA. For more information and multimedia links from this year’s World Congress, please visit:

New Anita Rosen Panel at CSWE’s 2009 Annual Program Meeting
The Gero-Ed Center will feature its new Anita Rosen Panel for Best Practices in Gerontological Infusion at the Council on Geriatric Social Work Education's 2009 Annual Program Meeting. This panel will give social workers a diverse and interactive venue to learn strategies for improving the care and well-being of older adults. Funded by aging expert Anita Rosen, this 90-minute session will examine the best curricular practices of three social work programs that faculty and future graduates can apply to their own work. For more information, please click here:

New Research on the Toll of Caregiving on Mental and Physical Health
Dr. Jan Greenberg, Hartford Faculty Scholar, and Subharati Ghosh, MSW, recently published research with the American Psychiatric Association on Aging Fathers of Adult Children with Schizophrenia. Read their article on the Toll of Caregiving on Mental and Physical Health here:

Centenarians No Longer an Exclusive Club
With more than 340,000 centenarians worldwide today, the number is projected to reach nearly 6 million by mid-century. In the United States and around the world, the aging population is growing rapidly. The United States alone is expected to increase from 75,000 centenarians to more than 600,000 by midcentury. You can read more about the world’s aging population here.

A Full And Active Later Life, Including Work, May Help To Prevent Dementia
Not only does working longer have financial benefits, it may have physical and mental benefits, as well. Researchers in the UK found that, according to medical records of 382 men with symptoms of Alzheimer's, the longer one works, the longer it took for symptoms to set in. Read the story from the Boston Globe here:

New Program Focuses on Helping Americans Stay Productive
The Adler School of Professional Psychology announces a new program in Gerontological Counseling with focus n helping aging Americans stay productive and independent. This program will start in the Fall of 2009. Coursework will be available in a variety of formats, including face-to-face and online. For more information, please visit the school’s website here:

North Dakota State Offers Program In Aging and Mental Health
North Dakota State University Distance and Continuing Education and the NDSU Department of Child Development and Family Science are opening a statewide program for professionals addressing aging and mental health. The program is online and is composed of six parts by the NDSU Gerontology Program. Please see the following link for more information:

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Funding Opportunities

New Funding Opportunities from NIH
The National Institute of Health has a number of grant opportunities, which include, but are not limited to the following:

Transdisciplinary Research on Fatigue and Fatigability in Aging
Translational Research at the Aging/Cancer Interface
Medical Management of Older Patients with HIV/AIDS
Promoting Careers in Aging and Health Disparities Research
Mechanisms, Measurement, and Management of Pain in Aging: from Molecular to Clinical

For a more complete listing on the NIH funding available for aging-related research, please click here.

New RFP from NCEA
The US National Center On Elder Abuse has announced a request for proposals related to elder justice community collaborations. The funding supports the development of multi-disciplinary coalitions at the local level by providing on-site training and technical assistance to Area Agencies on Aging, Title VI Grantees, and/or community organizations interested in developing new elder justice coalitions. The deadline for applications is Aug. 28, 2009. For more information see:

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Hartford Foundation Blog Welcomes Your Comments and Feedback
The John A. Hartford Foundation introduced a new blog several months ago to support interactive communication. Foundation staff have been writing entries on such topics as Nursing Workforce Solutions for the 21st Century, the Patients Doctors Don’t Know, and the Importance of Peer Networking. Check out the blog by visiting and be sure to add your own comments and feedback.

Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative Newsletter
The Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative distributes a bi-monthly newsletter. Copies of the newsletter can be accessed on their website at Recent issues have included links to information on transdisciplinary research on aging, results of a survey on holistic approaches to elderly residential care, and updates on the Eldercare Workforce Alliance.

Older Population in the United States: 2007 and 2008 
A series of detailed tables with data on a wide range of demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of people 55 and older has been made available by the U.S. Census Bureau. Topics covered include marital status, educational attainment, nativity and citizenship status, labor force and employment status, occupation, earnings, poverty and housing tenure. The data, collected by the Current Population Survey, pertain to the non-institutionalized population and are shown for selected age groups.  To view the tables, please visit:

Connect for Healthcare Helps Providers Communicate With Families
This subscription-based service enables providers to use a structured and secure way to communicate with families about loved ones receiving long-term care. Connect for Healthcare sends periodic emails to families based on a list of preferences, which they may choose from. Providers like nursing homes, home care agencies, assisted living facilities, or a home care aide can also include free-form comments. For more about this new service, please click here:

HPPAE Reveals New Website Tools for Creating Models
A new website for Normalization of the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education (HPPAE) has been developed. One goal of HPPAE is to be the norm in aging education at all MSW programs. Normalizing this model will help the social work profession address the demands of a rapidly aging population and anticipated workforce needs by training aging-competent leaders in the field. To learn more about creating a HPPAE at your school, this website provides all the tools and resources you may need.

E-Learning Opportunities at CSWE
The Council on Social Work Education has announced their eLearning Initiative with two online courses available: a free, 15-minute course on the Gero-Ed Center approach to preparing all social workers for meeting challenges in our aging society, and a 3-hour course entitled A Planned Change Model: Preparing Gerontologically Competent Graduates, which costs $95, or only $75 for CSWE individual members. Please see CSWE’s website for more information.

Just In Time Resource from Bandwidth has updated and added to their information, templates and guides to help you achieve success in a variety of communications activities, including PowerPoint presentations, scientific posters, working with the media, and crafting messages. Some of the latest additions to the site include:  a new (and 2009 AGS award-winning!) example of a qualitative poster from Jennifer Voorhees at Yale University School of Medicine, information on developing and delivering an effective “elevator speech”, a tutorial on health policy communications available from, and compilations of resources specifically for geriatric nurses, social workers, Geriatric Medicine Fellows, and Health & Aging Policy Fellows.

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Anniversary of the Signing of the OAA
Assistant Secretary Kathy Greenlee celebrated the 44th Anniversary of the signing of the Older Americans Act, July 14, 2009 by providing a statement about the Older Americans Act programs and services, which exist in nearly every community in America, and have made a difference in the lives of our aging population -- providing so many older Americans with the opportunity to live at home for as long as possible with their families and friends. For the complete statement, please click here:

Kaiser Family Foundation Offers Information on Health Care Reform
For a side-by side comparison of the major health care reform proposals, the Kaiser Family Foundation has put together a side-by-side comparison tool. You can find out more in the health care reform section of their website: .

Seniors Remain Wary of Health Care Reform
As a demographic highly concerned with health care, the aging population is paying close attention to the latest in proposed health care reforms. The fear is that, while President Obama plans to expand health care, it will not expand proportionally to cover the older generations. According to American Association of Retired Persons' Nancy LeaMond, a vice president at the 50-and-over advocacy group, "They are very concerned about the myths they keep hearing that care will be rationed and they won't have access to doctors." The Washington Post reports on how the current administration aims to reassure older Americans here: .

President Obama Plans to Address Social Security
While President Obama was in New Hampshire on August 11th, hosting a town hall meeting on health care reform, Lawrence Summers, director of the White House National Economic Council, spoke at a press conference in Washington, DC. He announced that Obama would begin to address social security's needs, hoping to succeed at strengthening the program, rather than attempting to privatize social security as President Bush attempted during his term.

Global Aging Initiative Explores Economic, Social Implications of Growing Aging Demographics
The Center for Strategic and International Studies Has Just Launched A New Campaign: the Global Aging Inititative, which explores the long-term economic, social, and geopolitical implications of demographic trends in the United States and around the world. For the website of the Global Aging Initiative, please visit:

UK Considers Abolition of Mandatory Retirement Age
In hopes of helping the country manage and maintain an aging population, UK reviews laws allowing employers to force retirement at age 65. Originally, slated for review in 2011, officials announced last month that they plan to review the mandatory retirement age next year. For more, click here:

China Discusses Change in Family Planning Based on Aging Demographic
In China, the increase in the aging population may lead to a policy change in family planning. For many years, it was understood that China has had a one-child rule. On July 25, it was announced to the public that eligible families may have two children in order to make up for the projected workforce shortage. While the Chinese government's policy has not changed, these comments from the government have made the aging issue more apparent. For more from Time magazine, read the full article here:,8599,1912936,00.html?xid=rss-topstories.

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