AAGP eNews
Dec. 16, 2014

More than 900 AAGP memberships will EXPIRE on Dec. 31, 2014! Is yours one of them?
Make sure your membership is up-to-date. Renew your membership today to ensure uninterrupted delivery of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry each month and to receive member discounts for annual meeting registrations!More

2015 Annual Meeting registration is open! See you in New Orleans!
Online registration for the 2015 AAGP Annual Meeting is open! Click here to register! This year’s meeting, "Interprofessional Practice: Working together to Meet the Mental Health Needs of Older Adults" will highlight the multidisciplinary nature of geriatric mental healthcare. Check out the schedule at a glance.More

There's still time to make your voice heard! AAGP Elections deadline is Dec. 29
Vote in the 2015 AAGP Board Elections today! You can see a list of candidates, read their statements and vote online here. More

AAGP past president Charles F. Reynolds III, MD announces candidacy for President-Elect in the American Psychiatric Association National Election Jan. 2-Feb. 2, 2015

Dr. Reynolds has served the AAGP with great dedication and leadership over many years, currently serving as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, and selected as incoming Editor in Chief to begin in 2016. To read Dr. Reynolds’ full APA candidate statement, click here.

For more info, Dr. Reynold's website URL is www.CharlesFReynolds3.com

For information on the APA Election and Voting, click here.
The APA Election results will be announced in February 2015. More

Study cures 9 of 10 early-stage Alzheimer's patients
By Lauren Swan
Alzheimer's is one of the most feared diseases in the U.S., and for good reason. It is the sixth-leading cause of death and affects approximately 5 million Americans per year. Alzheimer's is an unforgiving illness and has always been a hopeless situation for patients, who are completely aware of what will happen to them, and all they can do is wait. However, hope may be on the horizon as the results of a small study out of UCLA are extremely encouraging.More

Alzheimer's breakthrough could hold key to cure
Discovery News
A new discovery could be the secret to a cure for Alzheimer's. A team at Stanford University discovered that when a class of brain cells, called microglia, stop doing their jobs, Alzheimer's happens. Microglia make up 10-15 percent of all brain cells. They're a combination of crime fighters and garbage collectors: they search out and eat up any bad things they find in the brain, from bacteria to viruses to so-called A-Beta, which can form the gummy protein deposits that cause Alzheimer's.More

Putting a face on memory loss and recovery
The New York Times
The documentary "Do You Know What My Name Is?" introduces us to people with forms of dementia, like Alzheimer's. It's a condition that frightens many of us, because we're worried that we'll have it or will care for someone who has it, or because we've had experience with it. Films like "Away From Her" and the current release "Still Alice" meaningfully illustrate the challenges of the diagnosis. More

Alzheimer's disease, care-giving and the holidays
For many families, the holidays are a time for coming together, celebrating and enjoying each other's company. For the caregiver and family of a person with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia disorder, however, the holidays can be a time of additional stress and concern.More

Sleep apnea may raise risk for dementia
HealthDay via WebMD
Older men who have breathing difficulties or spend less time in deep sleep may be at greater risk of brain changes that can precede dementia, a new study suggests. Experts said the findings don't prove that breathing disorders, including sleep apnea, lead to dementia. But they add to evidence that poor sleep may play a role in some older adults' mental decline.More

People with dementia suffer less depression in care homes — but why?
The Conversation
These days, you have to try hard to not come across a daily article or news piece about dementia, and care homes receive a great deal of negative press. The Care Quality Commission released a report on the standard of dementia care in care homes and hospitals, across England. It found that in 34 percent of care homes the physical, mental health, emotional and social needs of people with dementia were met with variable to poor care. More

Researchers explore new approach for treating Alzheimer's disease
Medical Xpress
It is estimated that about 35 million people worldwide currently suffer from dementia and it is expected that the number will increase to 135 million by the year 2050. The disease is already one of the most common health problems in the elderly, which is why experts predict that the numbers of people affected will increase over time. Researchers at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the University Medical Center of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz have recently gained new insights into how it may in future be possible to treat patients with the currently most common form of dementia, Alzheimer's disease.More