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Look for Presentations Focusing on Aging Sprinkled throughout the 2015 SBM Annual Meeting

Sandra J. Winter, PhD, Aging SIG Outlook liaison

Attendees at the 2014 Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, were provided with a Final Program that included a useful content finder of the various sessions, categorized by theme. Only one of the paper sessions was noted as being specifically about older adults. A closer examination of the published abstracts, however, reveals that research about older adults was sprinkled throughout the SBM program and interwoven with many of the other themes: cancer, cardiovascular, mental health, and behavioral medicine in clinical and medical settings. Attendees at the upcoming 2015 SBM Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, who are interested in behavior change specifically among older adults will have a number of offerings to attend in addition to those specifically sponsored by the Aging Special Interest Group (SIG). We encourage any SBM member interested in issues related to aging to not only attend those activities identified below, but to also use the meeting mobile app search tool to fully benefit from all the offerings in this area.

Aging SIG Business Meeting

April 24; 7:30 to 8:15 a.m.
Conference room 18
Chair: Sara C. Folta, PhD, Friedman School of Nutrition, Boston, MA
Co-Chair: Neha Gothe, MA, MS, PhD, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Symposium 26: Multi-Level Behavioral Change Approaches to Fall Prevention: Individual, Community, and Policy

April 24; 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.
Salon KL
Chair: Thelma Mielenz, PhD, Columbia University, New York, NY
Presenters: Thelma Mielenz, PhD, Columbia University, New York, NY; Sandra J. Winter, PhD, MHA, Stanford University, Stanford, CA; and Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Discussant: Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Symposium 29: Aging and Cancer: Implications for Cognitive Outcomes and Clinical Encounters

April 24; 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.
Salon D
Co-Chairs: Kristi D. Graves, PhD, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; and Reginald Tucker-Seeley, ScD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Presenters: Brian D. Gonzalez, PhD, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL; Anjali Deshpande, PhD, MPH, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO; and Lisa M. Lowenstein, PhD, MPH, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Discussant: Julia H. Rowland, PhD, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD

Panel Discussion 16: Research at the Intersection of Cancer and Aging: A Discussion between Aging and Cancer Researchers

April 24; 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Salon D
Chair: Reginald Tucker-Seeley, ScD, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Panelists: Corinne Leach, MS, PhD, MPH, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA; Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD; and Keith Bellizzi, PhD, MPH, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

A Quote about Aging

“Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.”

 --Charles Dickens