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Aging & Public Health
Section Newsletter
Fall 2010

From the Editor

From the Editor


As you will read in the greetings from our Section chair below, the APHA Annual Meeting is upon us and promises to be a fruitful and fun experience. Please turn your attention to the announcements in this issue of the newsletter about the Annual Meeting, as well as other news items of interest about our Section chair-elect and various other programs and events.


This has certainly been a very exciting time in the nation’s history in terms of landmark legislation.  At the Annual Meeting, there will be presentations on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  In our brief newsletter space, we would like to keep you abreast of legislative developments and activities, both at the federal and state levels. This issue has a briefing on a recent enactment in New York state in the palliative care area.


We are pleased to share with you two book reviews in this issue, and thank our book reviewers for their contributions. We welcome future suggestions for reviews that will appeal to

our members.


Enjoy the Annual Meeting!  For the benefit of members who will not be able to attend, we ask those of you who will be our ambassadors to the meeting to send us any comments or reports of interest for the newsletter (


Mary Beth Morrissey

From The Chair

From The Chair


As you have heard, our section’s name is now “Aging and Public Health.” At APHA’s Annual Meeting we will celebrate our name change and its better characterization of the broad interests of our members and of the Section’s focus on the intersection of aging and public health. Join us for cake and celebration Monday evening at the annual Awards Reception and Auction. Also, after Sunday’s business meeting join us for a networking dinner at a local restaurant (details forthcoming).


While I look forward to seeing colleagues at the Annual Meeting, I am very aware that many of you cannot join us in Colorado. For some of you, budget constraints have curtailed travel, while for others personal issues prohibit your attendance. In the coming year the Section leaders will be discussing ways we can offer networking and/or educational sessions not dependent on Annual Meeting attendance. If you have any ideas regarding this, let me know (         


Have a wonderful fall!


Susan Miller

APHA Convention

From Nov. 6-10, 2010, join us in Denver for the  APHA 138th Annual Meeting and Exposition. More than 1,000 cutting edge scientific sessions will be presented by public health researchers, academicians, policy-makers and practitioners on the most current public health issues facing the nation today. For more information about the Annual Meeting, visit

Our section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our section by visiting the interactive Online Program. Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to stop by our new booth in the Section and SPIG pavilion (booth 1370)  in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA.

APH Section Award Ceremony Reception Donations Needed

Aging and Public Health APH Section Award Ceremony/Reception Donations Needed

As we head to Denver, we find ourselves unable to fund our Award Ceremony the way we have done in the past. We find ourselves $2,500 short for the Award Ceremony/Reception. We have already cut our expenses by 50 percent for the Award Ceremony/Reception. We are planning to order a large cake to celebrate the renaming of our group to the Aging and Public Health Section. We still need to order award plaques and certificates for the Philip Weiler Leadership Award (Marcia Ory, PhD, is the winner) and the Aging and Public Health Section Lifetime Achievement Award (Laurence G. Branch, PhD, is the winner). We will still have some hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and coffee. We realize the tenor of the times, and have significantly reduced our needs. Any help you could give to our celebration will be greatly appreciated. Checks should be sent to Gerry Eggert, PhD, Development Co-chair, 55 Branchwood Lane, Rochester, NY 14618. I will insure that all checks are forwarded to APHA for deposit in the APH Section Enrichment Account # 328063.
Many thanks for considering this request.
Gerry Eggert

APH Section Annual Auction and Raffle

Donations Needed for APH Section Annual Auction and Raffle

The Aging and Public Health Section is  going to have another Auction and Raffle in Denver during the Award Reception on Monday evening, Nov. 8, 2010. All proceeds will be deposited in the Section Award endowments, including the New Investigator Research Award, the International Research Award, the Minority Issues Research Award, the APH Section Student Research Award, and the Rural Health Research Award. Each of these endowments needs more support. APHA is only able to earn 1.4 percent interest on our current endowment. So we need to generate more funds. 

Last year our Auction raised $1,600, and the Raffle raised $650. All was added to our endowments. 

We need good clean antiques, jewelry, pottery, art glass, sterling silver, Japanese/Chinese/Western items  and other collectables. They must be "smalls" so they can be shipped or transported home. We also sell wool used in weaving and handmade shawls. Everyone sells Raffle tickets. Larry Branch and Daniel Meng call the numbers and run the Raffle. The Auction is conducted by Susan Miller, Nancy Miller, Steve Wallace, Gerry Eggert, Janet Frank, and other volunteers. Steve Wallace is Auction Chair

If you have any items to donate, please contact me at . My phone # is (585) 278-6070. I can give you an idea of your item's suitability for our Auction/Raffle.

Many thanks for your interest and participation.

Gerry Eggert, Development Co-chair


Health and Aging Policy Fellowship

Section’s Chair-Elect Awarded Health and Aging Policy Fellowship        

Aging and Public Health (APH) Chair-Elect Lené Levy-Storms received a 2010 Health and Aging Policy Fellowship, which will require her to be in Washington, D.C., during the APHA meetings this fall. The Fellowship, funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, will train Dr. Levy-Storms (as part of a cohort of 2010 fellows) how to impact health and aging policy. The Fellowship requires attendance in D.C. at a series of core training institutes during the last week of October, two weeks in November, and one week in early December. Dr. Levy-Storms will be learning how to help shape policy based on her research about communication skills training for nursing aides and family caregivers of institutionalized elders with dementia. Dr. Levy-Storms is also excited about learning how to work with APHA to advocate for aging and health policy issues on behalf of the APH Section. For more information about this ongoing Fellowship, visit

National Drug Take-Back Event

September 25, National Drug Take-Back Event Sponsored by the DEA

Many of us have accumulated medications in our homes that have gone unused. Unfortunately we currently do not have a national system in place to return unused medications. However, on Sept. 25, the Drug Enforcement Agency led a nationwide take-back initiative.

There are many good reasons to participate in these take-back events: First, removing unused medications from our home can prevent unintentional poisonings of grandchildren, children and pets; Secondly, drugs that are dumped down the drain and toilet can end up in our lakes, streams, and watersheds.

By participating in this take-back day you will accomplish many good things at once:  You will protect public health and safety and you will protect the environment.

To locate a medication take-back event near you, please use this link and enter your zip code. As of the end of August there were already more than 17,000 locations and new sites are being added daily.

The 4th Annual Rachel Carson Contest

The 4th Annual Rachel Carson Contest

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking the public to vote for their favorite entries in the fourth annual Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest. A panel of judges selected the finalists in five categories: photography, essay, poetry, dance and mixed media(photography and a poem or essay). Finalists were selected based on originality, creativity, use of an intergenerational team, and ability to capture a sense of wonder.

    Carson is considered to be the founder of the contemporary environmental movement through her landmark book, "Silent Spring." Using the title of another of Carson's books, "The Sense of Wonder," the contest sought submissions "that best express the 'Sense of Wonder' that you feel when observing the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes."

    The deadline for voting is Nov. 1. The winners will be announced later that month. They will receive a certificate for their accomplishment and will be recognized on EPA’s website.

    The contest is sponsored by the EPA in partnership with Generations United, the Rachel Carson Council Inc., and the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.

    To vote:

Health Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation

Health Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation

The U.S. EPA Aging Initiative has issued a new fact sheet “Health Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation” intended for older adults and their caregivers.  The factsheet describes how ultraviolet (UV) radiation plays a role in the development of age-related macular degeneration and skin cancer.  UV radiation is released by the sun or artificial sources such as tanning beds or sun lamps.  UV rays cannot be seen or felt but can cause skin and eye damage any season of the year — even on cool or cloudy days. Overexposure to UV radiation may contribute to the onset of AMD, although it is not the primary cause. Exposure to UV rays can also increase the risk of developing cataracts.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.  More people were diagnosed with skin cancer in 2008 than with breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined. About one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime.  Overexposure to UV radiation may suppress proper functioning of the body’s immune system and skin’s natural defenses.  All people, regardless of skin color, can be vulnerable to effects including impaired response to immunizations, increased sensitivity to sunlight, and reactions to certain medications.

Sun Safety Tips

- Do not burn — overexposure to the sun is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.

- Seek shade and limit your time outdoors, especially between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. when UV radiation is most intense.

- Cover as much skin as possible with a wide brim hat and tightly woven clothing.

- Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 that blocks rays on all exposed skin.

- Check the UV Index, a daily forecast of the amount of UV radiation to reach the Earth’s surface.

- Stay away from tanning booths and sun lamps.

Copies of the fact sheet can be ordered or downloaded at

Long Term Care in Indian Country

Long Term Care in Indian Country: New Opportunities and New Ideas

Nov. 1-2, 2010
Marriott Washington Wardman Park

Save the date for a national meeting to address American Indian and Alaska Native Long Term Care in the context of the 2010 reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

Please plan to join the Indian Health Service, Tribal and Urban leadership and health program administrators, and representatives from the Administration on Aging, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Veterans Administration, the HHS Office on Disability, and other federal agencies in this vital conversation.

ICNAP III Conference Call for Papers

ICNAP III Conference: Call for Papers


The Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP) announces its third annual meeting. This Coalition is for phenomenologists in North America who are committed to fostering interdisciplinary learning from the research of colleagues in other disciplines. The second meeting of ICNAP was hosted at Brock University, Canada, in May 2010, and the invited speaker was Amadeo Giorgi, Psychology.  The title of the keynote was, “Phenomenology: From Philosophy to Science.” In addition to philosophy and psychology, the disciplines of sociology, social work and nursing were among the disciplines represented at the meeting.

This year’s meeting will be held May 6-8, 2011, in Arlington, Va. Abstracts are invited from all disciplines and must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2011. For more information about the meeting and the call for papers, please see the ICNAP website:

New York Palliative Care Information Act Model for the Nation

New York Palliative Care Information Act: Model for the Nation


New York state has recently enacted the Palliative Care Information Act (PCIA), landmark legislation and a model for the nation. This enactment follows closely on the heels of the March 2010 Family Health Care Decisions Act signed into law by Gov. Paterson, also hailed as a milestone in New York state. PCIA obligates physicians and health care practitioners to offer patients diagnosed with a terminal illness or condition appropriate information and counseling about their end-of-life options. Such options include prognosis, risks and benefits, and the patient’s legal rights to comprehensive pain and symptom management at the end of life. The goals of the legislation are to ensure quality clinical practice in end-of-life and palliative care and to empower patients who are dying. The legislation is also an  important step in the shared decision-making movement because it will improve communication between patient and physician, promote trusting relationships, and provide the patient with the best evidence about treatment options.


Public Health and Aging: Maximizing Function and Well-Being

Albert SM, Freedman VA. Public Health and Aging: Maximizing Function and Well-Being. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company; 2009.


Steven M. Albert, PhD, at University of Pittsburgh, and Vicki A. Freedman, PhD, at University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, have updated and expanded the first edition of Public Health and Aging: Maximizing Function and Well-being considerably with the publication of the new second edition.  Also discussed are population-focused policies and programs. The subject of public health efforts for older people is approached from a variety of directions, including subchapters devoted to:

·         Healthy aging network edition, new for 2009, has a third more pages and four new chapters covering the topics of the aging services network and public health, chronic disease, long-term care, and ethical issues.

·         The growing preventive services emphasis of Medicare.

·         National efforts to reduce falls and make communities elder-friendly.

·         Interventions to support family caregivers.

·         Evidence-based depression management programs.

·         Efforts enhancing long-term care.

Each chapter consists of foundational knowledge on the challenges arising from the interaction between aging and public health interventions. This structure is easy to follow and helps readers learn how to apply the knowledge into the real world. The new edition has the balance of breadth and depth and should appeal to practitioners, academics and students alike. The second edition of Public Health and Aging is a must-read book in the developing field of public health and aging.



Moon Choi, PhD

Health Promotion and Aging

Haber, David (ed.) (2009) Health Promotion and Aging: Practical Applications for Health Professionals, 5 th edition. New York: Springer.


The fifth edition of David Haber’s comprehensive text remains an authoritative guide to the major issues confronting the aging population in the twenty-first century.  As in previous editions, Dr. Haber has presented us with an ecologic text that provides health professionals with an overview of current research findings, societal issues, and practical, integrative approaches to health promotion in the aging community. The author provides an updated and expanded review of an array of topics including an overview of clinical preventive services, facilitators and barriers to physical activity, complementary and alternative medicine, an extensive discussion of nutrition and obesity, and the multiple concerns of a culturally diverse, aging society. Controversial issues are raised and are strategically placed to engender discussion.  Key Terms and Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter add to its value as a text for students in health promotion and gerontology. Included also are a practical assortment of resource guides, assessment, and health promotion tools. In summary, Health Promotion and Aging continues to be a valuable resource for both students and public health professionals.


L. Carson Henderson, RN, PhD, MPH

Department of Health Promotion Sciences College of Public Health
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center