AAGP eNews
Dec. 3, 2013

Annual Meeting news:
Late-breaking poster submissions due Jan. 15

To provide Annual Meeting participants with the latest research, AAGP has reserved slots for a limited number of late-breaking research posters. Submissions are due Jan. 15. Late-breaking abstracts describe important current research advances that have not been submitted previously. State-of-the-art studies with up-to-date results will be considered as late-breaking abstracts. The selection of abstracts will be based on scientific quality and novelty of research either in basic or clinical science. Learn more at www.AAGPonline.org/2014CFP. More

Register soon for Annual Meeting discounts
Registration fees for the AAGP 2014 Annual Meeting increase next month, so register soon to save $70-80 on full registration, $50 on one-day registration, and $25-50 on workshop fees. Early-bird, discounted registration ends Jan. 23. Register today at www.AAGPmeeting.org. More

Congratulations to AAGP raffle winners!
Congratulations to Michelle, Murali, and Nanette, the three winners of AAGP's raffle for a free registration to the 2015 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Winners were selected from our pool of 2014 registrants prior to Nov. 15. Thank you to all who participated and don't forget to register for the 2014 Annual Meeting at www.AAGPmeeting.org! More

AAGP member news:
Governor appoints Scheinthal to NJ Alzheimer's Disease Task Force

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appointed Stephen M. Scheinthal, DO, DFACN, DFAPA, to the state's Alzheimer's Disease Task Force. Scheinthal, of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging, is co-chairing the task force, which is charged with studying the impact and incidence of Alzheimer’s disease among New Jersey residents; studying the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their family members and caregivers; and identifying best practice-based geriatric and psychiatric services and interventions. More

Congress clears COLA payments for disabled veterans
Disabled veterans would get cost-of-living increases for disability payments at the same rate as Social Security benefits, under legislation passed by the House of Representatives on Nov. 12 and sent to the president to be signed into law. The bill (S. 893) was approved by the Senate on Oct. 28.

S. 893 would increase veterans' disability compensation, survivor benefits and clothing allowances by the same percentage as Social Security, old age, disability and survivor benefit increases that are scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1. Unlike Social Security benefits, which are automatically adjusted to account for annual increases in the cost of living, veterans' benefits rely on Congress to pass legislation authorizing the increase every year. A cost estimate released by the Congressional Budget Office concluded that the legislation would result in a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase. That increase in compensation rates would become effective on Nov. 30. The bill would also allow the Veterans Affairs Secretary to administratively adjust benefits for veterans who receive compensation other than service-related disability benefits.

AAGP will continue to monitor closely all legislation that would improve benefits and services for the nation's veterans. More

Scholars Program: Donations to bring 42 trainees to AAGP 2014 Annual Meeting
Thanks to the generous support of the Scholars Fund by the AAGP membership, 42 trainees will attend the AAGP 2014 Annual Meeting to learn about the exciting career opportunities in geriatric psychiatry, meet some of the field’s most passionate advocates, and talk with mentors who will be available over the next year to answer questions and provide advice. Members and others in the late-life mental health community donated more than $86,000 for the 2014 program, a record amount in the Scholars Fund's five-year history. The fund will provide full benefits to 27 honors scholars, and meeting registration, program participation, and a travel stipend to 15 scholars (medical students and residents).

Learn more about the Scholars Program. Thank you to all the donors to the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation in 2013!More

Late-breaking poster submissions due Jan. 15
To provide Annual Meeting participants with the latest research, AAGP has reserved slots for a limited number of late-breaking research posters. Submissions are due Jan. 15.More

AAGP is seeking the next AJGP editor-in-chief
The AAGP is seeking a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist to serve as editor-in-chief of the monthly journal The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.More

News for Members-in-Training
By Isis Burgos-Chapman, MD, MIT Board Member
I am thrilled and honored to have been elected to serve as your Member-in-Training representative for this coming year. My goal is to work with you to collectively increase MIT involvement within the various groups/caucuses of the AAGP and continue to modify the trainee section of the AAGP website.More

December issue of American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry focuses on delirium
The December issue of AAGP's American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry covering the epidemiology and neuropathogenesis of delirium and older adults is now online at www.AJGPonline.org. To register to receive e-alerts about new issues, go to www.AJGPonline.org/user/alerts. More

The American College of Psychiatrists' Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry: Applications due Jan. 5
The American College of Psychiatrists
The American College of Psychiatrists' Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry is given to an individual who has contributed to advances in geriatric psychiatry. The college first presented the award in 2004. In addition to receiving a grant and a certificate, the awardee delivers a featured lecture at the Annual Meeting. For more information, go to www.acpsych.org/awards/geriatric-award-nominations-deadline-january-5. More

Could Alzheimer's be Type 2 diabetes?
Daily Mail
Alzheimer's and diabetes may be the same disease, scientists claim. They have uncovered evidence that the debilitating form of dementia may be late stages of type 2 diabetes. The discovery would explain why nearly three quarters of patients with this form of diabetes go on to develop Alzheimer's. More

Some good news on the dementia front
Psych Central
An article in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the onset of dementia is occurring later in life. In the study, researchers report on several recent investigations that show how age-adjusted rates in aging populations have declined for people born later in the last century, particularly in those older people most likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer's disease.More

Brain research provides new clues to Pavlovian conditioning and may improve treatment of dementia
Medical News Today
Do fruit flies hold the key to treating dementia? Researchers at the University of Houston have taken a significant step forward in unraveling the mechanisms of Pavlovian conditioning. Their work will help them understand how memories form and, ultimately, provide better treatments to improve memory in all ages. More

A life hijacked: Alzheimer's 'insidious' slide
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
This is the sixth story in an annual series about Alan Romatowski's life with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Since 2008, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staff writer Gary Rotstein and photographer Steve Mellon have presented a chronicle of his journey.More