In this issue
Program Committee report
By Walter Boot
The APA Annual Convention in Toronto was a success for Div. 20. Our program offered insights into important issues such as health literacy, elder abuse, the growing diversity of the aging population and the role of technology in helping older adults maintain their cognition and independence. Our program also included skill building and mentoring events for students and early career psychologists. Six of our sessions offered continuing education credits.
Invited addresses were given by Lynn McDonald, PhD, director of the Institute for Life Course and Aging at the University of Toronto, and Daniel Morrow, PhD, professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. These sessions were well-attended, and the speakers provided commentary on the needs of our aging population and how we can best meet these needs in new and innovative ways. We also had a successful fellows address session (Brian Carpenter, Neil Charness and Harvey Sterns) and Baltes Award Address (Jutta Heckhausen). Another program highlight included Sara Czaja's, PhD, presidential address outlining the potential of technology to assist caregivers and socially isolated older adults.
Our collaborative programs were also successful. Div. 20 worked with many other divisions to organize cross-division symposia, including: Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology), Div. 5 (Quantitative and Qualitative Methods), Div. 7 (Developmental Psychology), Div. 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology), Div. 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), Div. 26 (Society for the History of Psychology), Div. 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice), Div. 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues) and Div. 46 (Society for Media Psychology and Technology). Many of these symposia focused on diversity, including the challenges faced by LGBT older adults.
Finally, APA 2015 offered members the opportunity to socialize and network. A group dinner was organized for the first day of the convention at Joe Badali's Ristorante Italiano and Bar. This was a joint event between Div. 20 and Div. 12-Section II (Society of Clinical Geropsychology). We had a total of 55 attendees. After the awards ceremony and Presidential Address, Div. 20 hosted a social hour, with refreshments provided by the Institute for Successful Longevity.
Overall, the programming for Div. 20 at APA 2015 was a success, and the program chairs look forward to working with Div. 20 members to put together an even better program for APA 2016 in Denver.