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Upcoming Webinars

Medication Data and the Next Generation of Dried Blood Assessment in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP Advancing Interdisciplinary Clinical Research Series, in conjunction with the GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online)

Monday, December 14, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

This webinar focuses on the medication data, dried blood spot assays, and social network survey responses in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, a longitudinal study that contributes to finding new ways to improve health as people age. Studies regarding polypharmacy and the social (and behavioral) dimensions of the adoption of supplements and prescribed medications will be discussed. The presenters will also illustrate how these data may be used to determine the use, underuse, and unsafe use of prescription and over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements as well as the presence of diagnosed and undiagnosed conditions such as diabetes.

Presented by:

  • Elbert Huang, MD, MPH, FACP, Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for Chronic Disease Research and Policy, Section of General Internal Medicine, University of Chicago Medicine
  • Dima M. Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD, Hygeia Centennial Chair and Associate Professor, Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Director, Program on Medicines and Public Health, Senior Fellow, Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, University of Southern California
  • L. Philip Schumm, MA, Director, Research Computing Group, Senior Biostatistician, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Chicago
  • Linda Waite, PhD (moderator), George Herbert Mead Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, Senior Fellow, NORC at the University of Chicago, Principal Investigator, National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project
  • Louise Hawkley, PhD (moderator), Senior Research Scientist, Academic Research Centers, NORC at the University of Chicago, Co-Investigator, National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project

When Does Aging Begin? Part 3

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for everyone

“When does aging begin?” is a fundamental question whose answers will help inform all aspects of research, clinical practice and healthcare policy. There is an emerging consensus on an answer that is broad but captures some of the uncertainty at present: Aging begins before we observe it or experience it. Investigators who study the life course of aging and from the emerging field of geroscience will make brief presentations of their hypotheses and then challenge or seek to modify each other’s proposals through a guided panel discussion. Importantly, there will be consideration of how the hypotheses could be supported experimentally. It is hoped that the outcomes might stimulate new understanding and insightful areas of research.

Presented by:

  • James DeGregori, PhD, Department of Molecular Biology, University of Colorado
  • Mark F. Mehler, MD, FAAN, FANA, Alpern Professor and University Chairman, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology, Director, Institute for Brain Disorders and Neural Regeneration, Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Senior Investigator, Rose F. Kennedy Center for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Gottesman Stem Cell Institute, Einstein Cancer Center, Center for Epigenomics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

This three-part webinar series is organized by NIH, in conjunction with the GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online.

NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA) Funding Opportunities and Data Sources
(HIV and Aging: Data Access, Availability, and Research Funding Opportunities Webinar Series)

Thursday, January 28, 2021
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

This webinar will provide information about existing publicly available NIA data sources for conducting secondary research related to HIV and aging, including information about several cross-national longitudinal studies in addition to U.S. data sources. The presenters also will discuss current NIA funding opportunities in HIV and aging research with an emphasis on those that relate to secondary data.

Presented by:

  • Marcia Holstad, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, Co-Director, Emory CFAR HIV and Aging Scientific Working Group; Emory Co-Lead, NIH Inter CFAR HIV and Aging Working Group
  • Molly M. Perkins, PhD, Co-Director, Emory CFAR HIV and Aging Scientific Working Group; Emory Co-Lead, NIH Inter CFAR HIV and Aging Working Group

Introduction to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Data for Cognitive Decline and Caregiving (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Webinar Series)

Friday, February 12, 2021
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for everyone

This session introduces participants to the CDC BRFSS, including its structure, administration, and usefulness in describing important public health issues for older adults and their caregivers.

Presented by:

  • Lisa C. McGuire, PhD, FGSA, CDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program

Older adults often experience multiple comorbid conditions, including issues related to cognitive decline, which can complicate their health management and quality of life. This webinar series will describe population-level data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) relevant to older adults, with an emphasis on cognitive decline and caregiving-related issues. Data collected through the BRFSS can be used to track these issues and to inform public health professionals, policymakers, and other stakeholders about important aging-related health issues. Presenters will provide concrete examples of how these data have been used and can be applied to research questions as well as to real-world problems, including how they can be used to effectively stimulate strategic changes to meet the needs of the growing proportion of older adults. This 4-part webinar series is organized by CDC, in conjunction with the GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online.

Analyzing and Interpreting Cognitive Decline Data in the BRFSS (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Webinar Series)

Friday, February 19, 2021
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for everyone

Cognitive decline in older adults is an important public health issue. This session will describe the CDC BRFSS Cognitive Decline module, including its variables, structure, and interpretation. Tips for analysis will be discussed. User-friendly tools and resources will also be presented.

Presented by:

  • Christopher A. Taylor, PhD, CDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program
  • Benjamin S. Olivari, MPH, CDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program

Older adults often experience multiple comorbid conditions, including issues related to cognitive decline, which can complicate their health management and quality of life. This webinar series will describe population-level data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) relevant to older adults, with an emphasis on cognitive decline and caregiving-related issues. Data collected through the BRFSS can be used to track these issues and to inform public health professionals, policymakers, and other stakeholders about important aging-related health issues. Presenters will provide concrete examples of how these data have been used and can be applied to research questions as well as to real-world problems, including how they can be used to effectively stimulate strategic changes to meet the needs of the growing proportion of older adults. This 4-part webinar series is organized by CDC, in conjunction with the GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online.

Analyzing and Interpreting Caregiving Data in the BRFSS (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Webinar Series)

Friday, February 26, 2021
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for everyone

Caregivers play an important role in caring for adults with health conditions or disabilities. This session will describe the CDC BRFSS Caregiver module, including its variables, structure, and interpretation. Tips for analysis will be discussed. User-friendly tools and resources will also be presented.

Presented by:

  • Erin D. Bouldin, PhD, MPH, Appalachian State University and CDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program
  • Benjamin S. Olivari, MPH, CDC Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program

Older adults often experience multiple comorbid conditions, including issues related to cognitive decline, which can complicate their health management and quality of life. This webinar series will describe population-level data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) relevant to older adults, with an emphasis on cognitive decline and caregiving-related issues. Data collected through the BRFSS can be used to track these issues and to inform public health professionals, policymakers, and other stakeholders about important aging-related health issues. Presenters will provide concrete examples of how these data have been used and can be applied to research questions as well as to real-world problems, including how they can be used to effectively stimulate strategic changes to meet the needs of the growing proportion of older adults. This 4-part webinar series is organized by CDC, in conjunction with the GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online.

Using BRFSS Data for Action and Impact (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Webinar Series)

Friday, March 5, 2021
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for everyone

Using public health data for impact is an important way to translate data into practice. Informing policymakers, systems, and environments is important to meet the needs of older adults, their caregivers, and the systems that support them. Presenters will hear about cognitive decline data that can be translated for use in public health policies and systems.

Presented by:

  • Matthew Baumgart, Alzheimer’s Association
  • John Shean, MPH, Alzheimer’s Association

Older adults often experience multiple comorbid conditions, including issues related to cognitive decline, which can complicate their health management and quality of life. This webinar series will describe population-level data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) relevant to older adults, with an emphasis on cognitive decline and caregiving-related issues. Data collected through the BRFSS can be used to track these issues and to inform public health professionals, policymakers, and other stakeholders about important aging-related health issues. Presenters will provide concrete examples of how these data have been used and can be applied to research questions as well as to real-world problems, including how they can be used to effectively stimulate strategic changes to meet the needs of the growing proportion of older adults. This 4-part webinar series is organized by CDC, in conjunction with the GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online.

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