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The E-Newsletter of the Geriatric Social Work Initiative (GSWI)
Volume 7 Issue 7

September 18, 2008

In this Issue…
Research & News
Funding Opportunities


There’s Still Time to Submit Your Video for the Social Work and Aging YouTube™ Contest
GSA is seeking Social Work students interested in submitting entries for the Social Work and Aging YouTube™ contest.  The deadline is only 3 weeks away so there’s still time to prepare and submit a 2 minute video on why gerontology is important to social work.
The contest is being sponsored by AGE-SW and the John A. Hartford Foundation. Prizes include a chance to win $1,000 and paid travel expenses to the 2008 Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in National Harbor, MD (just outside of Washington, DC). Entries must be received by October 5, 2008.  
Find out more at the official contest website:

Principal Investigator and National Program Director of Hartford Doctoral Fellows featured in Chilean Newspaper
James Lubben, Principal Investigator and National Program Director of the Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program was featured recently in El Mecurio, the largest newspaper in Chile. The article appeared in last month’s issue in a special section on aging in Chile. The article details Jim’s work at Pontificia Universidad Católica where he was assigned for his Fulbright Senior Specialist project this summer. To read the article, click here.

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 61st Annual Scientific Meeting
GSA will be hosting its 61st Annual Scientific Meeting, November 21-25 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland (just outside of Washington, DC). The theme of this year’s conference is: Resilience in an Aging Society: Risks and Opportunities. To learn more about the conference, click here.

Anouncements from the Gero-Ed Center:

  • Annual Program Meeting Workshop on New Teaching Resources in Health, Mental Health, Substance Use and Aging

Do you teach advanced courses in health, mental health or substance use?  Are you eager to prepare your students for practice in our rapidly aging society?  If yes, you should attend the Faculty Development Institute (FDI) at the CSWE APM in Philadelphia on October 30, 2008.  The CSWE Gero-Ed Center Master’s Advanced Curriculum (MAC) Project, funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, announces an October 30 launch of web-based gerontological Resource Reviews for faculty teaching in the areas of health, mental health and substance use. In collaboration with SAMHSA, the FDI presenters will demonstrate how to include the research-based content, case studies, and other gerontological resources identified by these comprehensive and current resource reviews, into their MSW advanced courses.
Institute teachers include the Resource Review authors and Dr. Kevin Hennessy, the Science to Service Coordinator at SAMHSA. Dr. Hennessy will discuss how social work faculty can use the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) for teaching as well as submit their own research for inclusion in the Registry. Advance registration is required and space is limited!  For more information on the FDI at the CSWE Annual Program Meeting visit For more information on the Resource Reviews visit the MAC Project website at,

  • Best Practice Awards in Gerontological Curricular Innovation

The Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education (Gero-Ed Center) is accepting applications for its new Best Practice Awards for Gerontological Curricular Innovation! The Best Practice awards will be presented to one BSW and one MSW social work program for their excellence in infusing gerontological competencies into their foundation class or field curriculum. The two awards will be presented at the 2008 CSWE Annual Program Meeting in Philadelphia. Letters of nomination, including self-nomination, should be submitted by October 8th. Please send your letter as an email attachment to CSWE’s Gero-Ed Center at If there are questions or for more details on requirements, please contact Nancy Hooyman (, co-Principal Investigator of the Gero-Ed Center, or Meredith Eisenhart (, co-Director the Gero-Ed Center.

National Memory Screening Day
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America welcomes healthcare professionals to participate in their 6th annual National Memory Screening Day on November 18, 2008. Community sites nationwide will offer free confidential memory screenings and educational materials to the public. It is estimated that more than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and the incidence is expected to triple by mid-century. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Memory Screening Day seeks to raise awareness of the need for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and appropriate medical treatment and social services interventions. To host a screening site or for more information, visit

NCCNHR 33rd National Conference & Annual Meeting
The National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform will host its 33rd National Conference and Annual Meeting, October 15-17 in Indianapolis, IN. This year’s theme:
 “Advocacy into Action, Action into Care: Making It Happen”. The annual event will focus on today’s top long-term care issues and will feature presentations from nationally recognized experts and consumer advocates in the field of long-term care. For more information, click here.



Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services is seeking story contributions in celebration of its 90th anniversary
As part of planning for the 90th commemorative volume of Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, is seeking inspiration and advice about story ideas to present to its readers in print and on their website. Share your insights, observations, and proposals such as: analysis on the state of social work scholarship, and its role in fulfilling the link between research and practice, essays or commentaries that impart your questions, concerns, or expectations of the past and future directions of social work, and reflections on articles and contributors that imparted seminal discourse in the field. Click here, for additional information, instructions and deadlines.

American Psychological Association Presents Key Award In Gerontology
The APA presented the M. Powell Lawton Distinguished Contribution Award for Applied Gerontology to Dr. Forrest Scogin, an expert in mental health and aging and professor of clinical psychology at The University of Alabama. The award recognizes “those whose contributions have improved the quality of life of older persons”, according to the award’s website. The award was given at the APA’s annual convention that was held last month in Boston.

More Older Americans Receive Screening Tests for Colorectal Cancer
A new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reports a sharp increase in the number of colorectal screenings among those 65 and older. Researchers studied information from the 2000 and 2005 National Health Interview Surveys and found that since Medicare began covering colorectal cancer screenings, particularly colonoscopy, the number of screenings increased after 2001. However, a third of adults 65 and older still fail to get the potentially life-saving screening. To learn more about this study, click here.



NCHS/AcademyHealth Sponsors Health Policy Fellowship
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and AcademyHealth are seeking applications for their 2009 Health Policy Fellowship. The aim of the fellowship is to foster collaboration between NCHS staff and visiting scholars. The fellowship allows scholars to conduct new and innovative analyses and participate in developmental and health policy activities related to the design and content of future NCHS surveys and offers access to the data resources provided by the CDC. For more information or to apply, visit the AcademyHealth website.

American Federation for Aging Research Announces Request for Applications
The Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging research program is seeking applications for their 2009 program. The National Institute on Aging, The NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, The Atlantic Philanthropies, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Starr Foundation, and an anonymous donor are collaborating on an initiative to sustain and promote the research careers of clinically trained individuals who are pursuing research careers in aging. The deadline for letter of intent is October 3, 2008 and application receipt date is November 3, 2008. For information, click here.

Alzheimer's Disease Research Fellowship Program
Funded by the American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF), the Alzheimer's Disease Research Fellowship Program grants are awarded to universities, medical centers, and independent nonprofit research institutions. For the 2009 competition, the Standard, Pilot or Fellowship applications are due at AHAF by October 22, 2008. For more detailed information and submission instructions, please visit AHAF’s website.


Cost of Caring for Aging Parents Could Be Next Financial Crisis

A survey conducted by AgingCare found that although adult children are often responsible for paying their aging parent’s care, the large majority of caregivers are vastly unprepared. For more information on the survey’s results, click here.

Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Releases 2008 Almanac of Chronic Disease
The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), a national coalition of organizations, including the Alliance for Aging Research, that works to raise awareness of the burden of chronic disease and ensure that it’s addressed in the health care reform debate, just recently released its 2008 Almanac of Chronic Disease. The Almanac is a great resource for data on chronic disease, especially those that primarily affect older adults. To learn more about PFCD and to view the Almanac in its entirety, click here.

New Report Just Released on Corporate Eldercare Programs
The National Alliance for Caregiving and Towson University’s Center for Productive Aging conducted a study to evaluate the ability of eldercare programs
and their impact on employee presenteeism at work. The report entitled, Corporate Eldercare Programs: Their Impact, Effectiveness and the Implications for Employers, highlights several important findings that are of interest to researchers, family caregivers, aging professionals in the caregiving field and increases public awareness of issues facing family caregivers. To view the report, click here.



Senate’s Special Committee on Aging Holds Hearing on Medicare Reform
The Committee on Aging held a hearing on September 11, 2008 entitled, 1-800-Medicare, It’s Time for a Checkup. Led by committee chairman, Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) and ranking member, Senator Gordon H. Smith (R-OR) - the hearing featured witness testimony by several experts in the Medicare and aging field. To view the hearings webcast, click here.

Elder Justice and Patient Safety and Abuse Legislation Moves Forward
The Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed the Elder Justice Act (S. 1070) and the Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act (S. 1577) on September 11, 2008. Introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and co-authored by Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), the legislation will provide states with resources to prevent elder abuse, increase prosecution of those who mistreat the elderly and provide victim assistance. It will also improve long-term care and support for senior citizens dubbed “at risk”, according to the Elder Justice Coalition’s website. The Finance Committee also passed Senator Kohl's (D-WI) Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act (S. 1577). This legislation would create a framework and provide funding for a coordinated, nationwide system of background checks for long-term care employees. Both bills can now be considered by the full Senate. Advocates continue to press that the bill be addressed before Congress adjourns later this month.


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