Next Free Webinar: “Boomers and Advocacy: Moving from Conversation to Civic Action,” December 18 at noon

By: LaRhae Knatterud, Todd Stump and Kathy Kelso

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Handout – Boomers and Advocacy

This webinar will focus on issues and methods that encourage individuals from any generation (boomers and beyond) to get off the couch and into the world of civic causes and other targets of advocacy.  Available data on the political and advocacy activity by age, gender, income, and other characteristics will be presented and discussed. This will also include data from Minnesota’s most-recent elections.

Kathy Kelso, an experienced advocate, will invite ideas that may be effective in inspiring civic advocacy, while profiling a few examples from her tenure with the St. Paul City Advisory Committee on Aging. How agencies and organizations can best recruit participants for involvement in aging-related causes will also be discussed.

This session will explore the following two questions:

  1. What issue would get you off the couch, and get you excited to engage in advocacy on that issue?
  2. How do we as advocates engage people to take action, and maintain energy and momentum until the desired outcome occurs?

LaRhae Knatterud, Director, Aging Transformation, MN Dept of Human Services

Todd Stump, State Programs Administrator Principal, Aging, MN Dept of Human Services

Kathy Kelso, Advocate, St. Paul City Advisory Committee on Aging

 

Research articles:

Thomas, William; and Blanchard, Janice. (2009). “Moving Beyond Place: Aging in Community”. Generations – Journal of the American Society on Aging; Summer 2009;

Upcoming Free Webinar: “Keys to Understanding and Ethically Treating Geriatric Depression and Anxiety,” January 22 at Noon

By: Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS, Founder & Partner at Twin Cities Physicians

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Clinical depression in the elderly is common, affecting approximately 6 million older adults. Being depressed almost always risks a concomitant anxiety disorder. These diagnoses alone heighten other problems, such as cardiac diseases and doubling the risk of death caused by suicide compared with the general population. The problem is only about 10% of those elderly adults ever receive treatment. Evidence for this suggests that depression and anxiety affects older adults differently than younger people, so it often goes under recognized. What may be thought of as a consequence of a co-morbid disease, may actually be depression. This webinar will demonstrate how to recognize the under recognized and give you the best treatment options available.

This session will cover the following objectives/questions:

  1. Why ethical treatment of depression and anxiety for seniors is important.
  2. How Geriatric depression and anxiety is diagnosed accurately.
  3. What treatment options are available for senior patients.

Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS, Founder & Partner at Twin Cities Physicians: Steven Atkinson, Board Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Geriatric Internal Medicine, is Founder and Partner of Twin Cities Physicians, a growing on-site primary care practice serving senior living communities throughout the Twin Cities & southern Minnesota. He also serves as a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Utah since 1994 and has been involved in medicine since 1988. Steven is a dynamic speaker and lectures both nationally and internationally. He is also a published author in the area of Geriatric Pharmacology. Steven enjoys working with the elderly and considers it his “passion” in life. His positive personality and energy have earned him several local awards in the arena of Geriatric Adult Medicine.

Research articles:

http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/Suicide-DataSheet-a.pdf

Mulsant and Ganguli, J Clin Psychiatry, 1999; Burrows et al. J Am Geriatr Soc, 1995; Kessler et al. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2005.

Arroll B, Goodyear-Smith, F. Validation of PHQ-2 and PHQ-9 to Screen for Major Depression in the Primary Care Population. Ann Fam Med. 2010;8(4):348-353