Four National Forums Brim with Cogent Discussion, Promising Strategies

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Four National Forums Brim with Cogent Discussion, Promising Strategies


The 2012 Aging in America Conference, with more than 1,000 workshops and events, is the largest multidisciplinary gathering on aging issues in the United States. This year's conference convenes in Washington, D.C., March 28-April 1, and promises to be the premier educational and networking event of the year. We invite all professionals in aging to join us in our nation's capital for an opportunity to learn, advocate and connect.

Aging in America always offers not-tobe-missed events, and that tradition continues with the 2012 lineup of four national forums. This year, these intensive programs focus on the crucial issues of brain health in older adults, the Affordable Care Act, the workforce that will care for our aging population and an exploration of the future of aging.

A Boost for Aging Brains

Brain health is now a major focus of clinical research and consumer interest. The National Forum on Brain Health, on March 29, offers a three-point program to present an historical overview of insights and knowledge about brain health; outline the neurophysiological foundation of brain health; and describe lifestyle behaviors that promote brain health. Underwritten by MetLife Foundation, this forum builds upon the significant work in brain health knowledge and information developed through the ASA-MetLife MindAlert program. Presenters include Dr. Paul Nussbaum on "Brain Health: An Overview of an Emerging Field of Study and Application"; Dr. Andrew Newberg, Stephen Ristau and Dr. Robert S. Wilson on "Lifestyle and Brain Health: Promoting Brain Health Through Spirituality, Socialization and Mental Stimulation"; and Julia Turner and Dr. Kirk Erickson on "Lifestyle and Brain Health: The Effects of Nutrition and Physical Exercise on Brain Function." There will also be a special luncheon presentation from the three 2012 ASA-Metlife Foundation MindAlert program award winners (see article on page 10).

Probing the ACA's Possibilities The National Forum on the Affordable

Care Act, also on March 29, is hosted by ASA's Public Policy Committee and underwritten by a grant from The SCAN Foundation. Drawing from the content of the Spring 2011 issue of Generations, this program explores the potential of the patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) for shaping a better long-term future for older Americans. Though the future of the Affordable Care Act is far from secure, this program's presenters believe the ACA will effect a brighter future for long-term services and supports. ASA Immediate Past Chair Dr. Cynthia Stuen will make opening and closing remarks; Dr. Bruce Chernof will present on "The Three Spheres of Aging in America: The Affordable Care Act Takes on Long-Term Care Reform for the 21st Century." Dr. Brenda A. Sulick, Kirsten Sloan and Dr. Bruce Leff will present "It Takes a Team: Breaking Out of the Silos to Realize Potential for New Collaboration"; and Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, Richard Kaplan and Diane Justice will present "Weaving Together Health Care and Community Support Services: A Seamless Experience. …

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