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Date: 11/09/2017

Spotlight on #AGS18: Only Three Weeks Remain to Submit Abstracts, Award Nominees

American Geriatrics Society 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting May 3-5 Orlando #AGS18


WHO General Programme of Work: Make Sure Aging Make the Cut!

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just published its draft 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13), which sets out leadership priorities where the WHO seeks to exert influence in global health.

Sadly, aging is absent from the present draft.

We encourage you to register strong concern about the needs of older adults by submitting feedback here. Want sample messages to share? Click here.

WHO General Programme of Work

Partnership in Action: Lessons from AGS Collaborations with Choosing Wisely, American Board of Medical Specialties

Our vision for a world where all older adults receive high-quality, person-centered care relies on a diverse array of stakeholders, partners, and friends who share our passion for clinical care, research, professional and public education, and public policy. We're proud of our work in partnership, and prouder still that it's helped advance care for us all as we age. Learn more about some of our recent successes.

  • The Impact of Choosing Wisely at the AGS: The AGS is committed to improving health, independence, and quality of life for us all as we age by implementing and advancing programs in clinical care, geriatrics research, professional and public education, and public policy. Our partnership with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation for its Choosing Wisely campaign represents an important extension of that mission. Since 2012, AGS's Choosing Wisely lists have raised professional and public awareness about treatments and tests to question and discuss because they may lack efficacy or cause potential harm.
  • Developing Geriatric Cross-Specialty Virtual Patient Cases for Self-Assessment: The AGS has been working with the American Board of Medical Specialties on a Virtual Patient Cases project to fill the gap in online educational content addressing care issues for older adults. Developed in collaboration between the AGS Geriatrics-for-Specialists Initiative and the ABMS, these new virtual cases use multimedia and realistically presented clinical tasks to pose key challenges, provide feedback and education applicable across specialties in the delivery of high-quality care, and fulfill Maintenance of Certification requirements for Lifelong Learning and Self- Assessment (LL-SA).

Applications Still Being Accepted for Tideswell Emerging Leaders in Aging Program!

The Tideswell at UCSF, AGS, and ADGAP Emerging Leaders in Aging Scholars Program is designed for advanced junior or mid-career health professionals with a clear commitment to the field of aging and a leadership role in a clinical, research, education, or policy programs. The program is now accepting applications from physicians; nurses; pharmacists; psychologists; social workers; physical, speech, and occupational therapists; and non-clinicians with evidence of training or experience in aging. An academic affiliation is not required.

The program, designed to enhance and leverage existing leadership skills, consists of activities throughout the year, with the hope that scholars from all cohorts will remain meaningful colleagues throughout their careers. The deadline to apply is Mon., Jan. 8, 2018. Learn more.

Tideswell Emerging Leaders in Aging Program


Don't Miss a Free Compendium of Alzheimer's Disease Research

In honor of Alzheimer's Awareness Month, Wiley (publisher for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society) has released a free virtual issue of dementia-related articles from JAGS and other leading journals. Get the latest on Alzheimer's disease research here before free access ends on Fri., Dec 1. Share what you learn; join the conversation online using #EndAlz!

Support Bladder Health Awareness this Bladder Health Month

For the second year in a row, the Urology Care Foundation, the American Urological Association (AUA), and the Bladder Health Alliance have created a campaign to raise awareness about bladder conditions, the importance of talking to a healthcare professional about bladder-issue symptoms, and the need to generate support for those affected by bladder-health concerns. This National Bladder Health Month is focused on "Getting the Facts, Getting Diagnosed and Taking Control." You can find a variety of bladder health support materials online for healthcare professionals and patients.

#ThingsYouShouldKnow This National Diabetes Awareness Month

This National Diabetes Awareness Month, remind patients and communities about remaining active in their diabetes care teams. Seeking support from healthcare professionals, family, friends and community can help people successfully manage diabetes. Share the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 4 Steps to Manage Diabetes for Life, as well as resources from HealthinAging.org to help people with diabetes understand their well-being. 

LAST CALL! Looking for Career Development Opportunities? Volunteer as a JAGS Junior Reviewer

The Junior Reviewer Program at the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) is designed to bring new, fresh voices to the review process; to train high-quality reviewers, and to continue building the community of aging scholars. The application process is easy and is open to anyone, particularly colleagues in the early stages of academic careers or research fellowships focused on geriatrics. The deadline to apply is Fri., Nov. 10. Learn more.

Members & Geriatrics in the News

  • Based on findings from a recent study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS), McKnight's Long-Term Care News reported on objective screenings improving delirium diagnoses.
  • Consumer Reports reported on falls prevention, including some of the latest research from JAGS.

Don't Forget

  • November is National Family Caregivers Month. Visit HealthinAging.org for resources to help caregivers in need.
  • There's still time to remind older adults and caregivers about getting an annual flu vaccine.
  • Take the Pledge: "I will ask my patients about firearm ownership and safety."
  • Mon., Nov. 20, is Public Health Thank You Day. Show your support for public health workers across the U.S. and around the world!
  • In partnership with mental health advocates and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Alliance for Caregiving will release a new toolkit for people who are caring for someone with a mental illness. Join a national webinar on Tues., Nov. 21, to learn more about supporting mental health caregivers. Register here.
  • Mark your calendar for the 11th World Stroke Congress, to be held Oct. 17-20, 2018, in Montreal, Canada.