In this issue
Office on Aging and Committee on Aging update
By Deborah A. DiGilio
The Office on Aging and the Committee on Aging (CONA) have been keeping abreast of developments related to the planned 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) to determine the best strategy to ensure that psychological science informs the four priority issues announced by the White House. Those issues are retirement security, healthy aging, long-term services and supports and elder justice. Karen Roberto, PhD, and I have been coordinating the efforts that are underway. The recently adopted APA Resolution on the 2015 White House Conference on Aging outlines the contributions of psychology in each of the four priority issues.
Eight white papers (two for each of the four issues) have been prepared for submission to the WHCoA. The papers were prepared by the following individuals: retirement security by Joseph Quinn, PhD; Kevin Cahill, PhD; Jacquelyn Boone James, PhD; Christina Matz-Costa, MSW, PhD; and Michael Smyer, PhD; healthy aging by Becca Levy, PhD, and Glenn Smith, PhD; long-term services and supports by Sara Czaja, PhD, and Sara Qualls, PhD, ABPP; and elder justice by Peter Lichtenberg, PhD, and Karen Roberto, PhD. We are waiting to hear whether the forum/webinar APA proposed during a meeting with the WHCoA Executive Director Nora Super will be approved. This would be an additional venue to share the papers and secure broader participation of psychologists. I should note that the 2015 conference is not like previous conferences. Previous WHCoAs were mandated by congressional statute, with process and funding specified. This time, it is a White House organized event (tentatively scheduled for July) that would proceed without that congressional support. Nor will there be appointed delegates voting on resolutions as in the past. Input will be secured from comments submitted through the website, regional forums, listening sessions and to the four interagency work groups that are addressing the priority areas. APA has also submitted names of psychologists willing to comment at each of the WHCoA regional forums.
Another current Office on Aging effort is updating the APA Family Caregivers Briefcase. Launched in 2011, this online resource provides tools and resources for psychologists and other health care providers to assist family caregivers through individual and organizational practice, research, teaching and community service. It is popular but in need of updating. The Presidential Task Force that developed the Briefcase (Martha Crowther, PhD, MPH; Timothy Elliot, PhD, ABPP; Bill Haley, PhD; Barry Jacobs, PhD; Sara Qualls, PhD; and Andrea Patenaude, PhD) has graciously donated additional time to update the sections they initially developed.
CONA greets its two new members, Margaret Norris, PhD, and Patricia Parmelee, PhD, at its first meeting of 2015 on March 27-29. Current members are Glenn Smith, PhD (chair), Lisa Brown, PhD; Brian Carpenter, PhD; and Kimberly Hiroto, PhD. Jennifer Moye, PhD, ABPP, and Karen Roberto, PhD, rotated off CONA at the end of last year.
Keep abreast of current Office and CONA activities by subscribing to the APA Aging Issues Newsletter and checking the Office on Aging webpage regularly. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me.