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18th Annual Katz Policy Lecture: Mental Health & Aging

This 18th Annual Katz Policy Lecture examines emerging and existing policies associated with mental health and aging and their implications for older adults and their loved ones. Our keynote speaker, Matthew Fullen, Ph.D., LPCC, Associate Professor at Virginia Tech, discusses recent developments in Medicare policy related to older adult mental health care, and opportunities for stakeholders in the behavioral health and aging services sectors.


By Matthew Fullen, PhD | 06/27/2024

An LGBTQ+ older couple

Supporting LGBTQ+ Older Adults: Tips for Caregivers

As our population ages and society continually evolves, awareness of the diverse needs of different communities of older adults has increased. LGBTQ+ rights have undergone some major changes over the past few decades, and while there have been great triumphs, there have been many challenges as well, including some that are particular to older individuals. Caregivers must be aware of these specific challenges and provide holistic, inclusive support to ensure the well-being of their LGBTQ+ older loved ones. Here are key considerations and strategies for caregivers dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ older adults.

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By Julie Hayes | 06/14/2024

Older Americans Act programs work together to keep older adults healthy, independent and engaged within their communities. 

Understanding the Impact of the Older Americans Act

May marks a significant celebration for the nation's older adults—Older Americans Month. This yearly observance, established in 1963, is more than just a month-long recognition; it's a celebration of the invaluable contributions and wisdom of older Americans, as well as a commitment to improving their quality of life through important services. 

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By Julie Hayes | 05/15/2024

Best Programs for Caregiving is an information-filled, easy-to-use, free website from Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and Family Caregiver Alliance that for the first time puts details about useful programs and services directly into the hands of the family caregivers who need them most.

Finding the Dementia Support Programs You Need

Caring for someone living with dementia is challenging on so many levels. For most of us, there are aspects to providing care that require skills, training and education we feel we just don’t have. There are aspects to disease education and managing behaviors that are difficult to know. And there is also the stress and strain of providing care -- which for many of us is something we do on top of working and having a family of our own. 

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By Michelle Palmer | 05/08/2024

Two older men sitting together in a field in a rural area.

Free Online Directory Helps Caregivers in Underserved Populations Access Dementia Support Programs

Best Programs for Caregiving, a newly-introduced online directory of evidence-based dementia caregiver support programs is making big strides in helping to expand both awareness and availability of top-rated programming in underserved rural and remote areas across the country. Difficult-to-access geographies are a real concern to the medical and social service organizations, and many recent initiatives have been devoted to addressing these underserved areas of the aging population. This is particularly true in the case of people living with dementia and their family and friend caregivers for a number of reasons.

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By Michelle Palmer | 04/15/2024