GSA’s DC Press Briefing Schedule Covers Latest News in Aging

For Immediate Release
October 23, 2014

Contact: Todd Kluss
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Three press briefings designed to inform reporters about issues affecting America’s aging population have been scheduled for The Gerontological Society of America’s upcoming 67th Annual Scientific Meeting.

This five-day gathering will take place from November 5 to 9 at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, and Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The events listed below will take place in Room 204C at the convention center. Media representatives are invited to register for the meeting free of charge.

Luncheon Press Briefing: “New Perspectives on Elder Abuse: Crime Under the Radar”
Thursday, November 6, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Recent data indicate that one in 10 Americans over age 60 is victimized each year by some form of elder abuse — affecting millions of seniors and often those who care for and about them. Despite its huge human, health, and economic toll, elder abuse remains largely hidden. For every one case that comes to light, another 23 do not. Elder abuse can take many forms: physical, psychological and sexual abuse, financial exploitation, neglect, or abandonment. This briefing will provide a brief overview, as well as discussions on resident-to-resident aggression in long-term care facilities; elder abuse among racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups; successful programs that address elder abuse; resources for those who want to learn more; and innovations in addressing this emerging problem.  

Speakers: XinQi Dong, MD, MPH, associate director, Rush University Institute for Healthy Aging, Rush University Medical Center; Mark S. Lachs, MD, Irene F. and I. Roy Psaty Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, and medical director, New York City Elder Abuse Center; Laura Mosqueda, MD, FAAFP, AGSF, chair, Department of Family Medicine, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, and director, National Center on Elder Abuse; Karl Pillemer, PhD, Hazel E. Reed Professor, Department of Human Development, Cornell University, and professor of gerontology in medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College; and Marie-Therese Connolly, JD, senior scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (moderator).

Luncheon Press Briefing: “Gerontology 2.0: Advancing Innovation in Aging”
Friday, November 7, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Gerontology is at a unique crossroads as the demographic shifts of our aging society are now interacting with other major societal changes — particularly in the areas of business and technology innovation. This session will provide a unique opportunity to hear from leading thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and researchers who are working at the intersection of health care, caregiving, finance, technology, and business.

Speakers: Stephen Johnston, MBA, co-founder, Aging 2.0; Helena Mentis, PhD, director, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Bodies in Motion Lab; Scott Collins, president and CEO, Link-age; Anthony Sterns, PhD, CEO, iRxReminder LLC; and David Lindeman, director of health care, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (moderator).

Luncheon Press Briefing: “Hot Topics for Healthy Aging: Malnutrition and Cognitive Impairment Detection”
Saturday, November 8, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
GSA has firmly established itself as a connector and convener of multiple stakeholders for projects that focus on under-researched areas in the field of aging. This briefing will provide insight from two new publications released at the Annual Scientific Meeting: “What’s Hot in Aging Policy: Preventing, Treating Malnutrition to Improve Health and Reduce Costs” and “The Gerontological Society of America Workgroup on Cognitive Impairment Detection and Earlier Diagnosis: Report and Recommendations.”

Speakers: Robert B. Blancato, MPA, executive director, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs; Richard H. Fortinsky, PhD, Health Net, Inc. Endowed Chair in Geriatrics and Gerontology, University of Connecticut School of Medicine; and Annette Schmidt, senior director of strategic alliances and business development, GSA (moderator).

Complimentary press registration information and an online meeting planner are available at


The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.


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