Category Archives: Announcements

Addressing the Needs of Diverse New York City Elders: Multidisciplinary Perspectives – April 9th

Addressing the Needs of Diverse New York City Elders: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Fordham University
Cafeteria Atrium
113 West 60th Street, New York, New York 10023

Pre-registration required by Thursday, April 3, 2014: please email Dr. Beverly Horowitz at BHorowitz (at) to preregister.
This State Society on Aging of New York sponsored program focuses on the needs of New York City’s older adults and families. It will address issues concerning New York City’s ethnically and linguistically diverse older adults and provide information on programs and services that support the health and well-being of older New York City residents to enable aging in place in advanced age. The State Society on Aging of New York invites members and non-members, including health and human service professionals across disciplines, students with an interest in gerontology and aging issues, policy makers, administrators, and all individuals interested in aging issues to join us. There will be opportunities for discussion and networking at the conclusion of panel presentations. There is no charge for attendance.
Welcome: Dr. Beverly Horowitz, SSANY Past- President and Co-Chair of the Education Committee
Keynote Speaker: Greg Olsen, Executive Deputy Director, New York State Office for Aging, Perspectives on The State of Aging in New York State.
Panel Presenters:
1. James O’Neal, Director of Community Outreach, Centerlight
2. Mohini Mishra, CASP, LMSW, Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.
3. Christian Gonzalez -Rivera, Research Associate, Center for an Urban Future
4. Dr. Mary Beth Morrissey, Fordham University, Global Healthcare Innovation
Management Center; President-elect, SSANY

Sponsored by: Education Committee, State Society on Aging of New York (SSANY)
Co-sponsored by Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers
Public Health Association of New York City
Diversity, Policy and Student Committees, SSANY

Aging in New York: The New Paradigm Are we Ready?

When:  March 27, 2014, 5:30 pm (Networking) & 6:00 pm (Program)

Where: CUNY School of Public Health, 2180 Third Avenue, 2nd Floor Auditorium

Cost:   $10 for Members / $15 for Non-Members


  • Caroline Blaum, MD – Deputy Medical Director, American Foundation for Aging Research
  • Dorian Block, MS – New York Academy of Medicine, Age-Friendly NYC Project Manager, Health Policy
  • Mimi Fahs, PhD, MPH – Professor of Public Health, CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
  • Alice Fisher, MSW – Community Outreach Director, Housing and Senior Constituent Services Office of NYS Senator Liz Krueger
  • Bridget Gallagher, GNP, MSN – Senior Vice President, Jewish Home Lifecare
  • Mary Beth Morrissey, PhD, MPH, JD – President, State Society on Aging of New York
  • Caryn Resnick, MSW – Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging

 Participating Organizations:

  • American Foundation for Aging Research
  • CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
  • Jewish Home Lifecare
  • New York Academy of Medicine
  • New York City Department for the Aging
  • Office of Liz Krueger, New York State Senator, District 28, Upper East Side
  • Public Health Association of New York City

State Society on Aging of New York


Aging Program Flyer 3-27

Presentation by Dr. Kevin Mahoney – Monday, March 17th 4pm – 5:30; RSVP below

Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Kevin Mahoney, where he will be discussing the rationale for self-direction of supports and services for people with disabilities, along with research evidence supporting this approach.  Information showing the growth in the number of programs offering, and participants employing, self-direction options, as well as the characteristics of those programs will be offered.  Dr. Mahoney will conclude by discussing recent trends and factors affecting future growth of participant-direction.

Participant-direction of long-term services and supports for people with disabilities:  
Past, present and future


Monday, March 17th 
4:00 – 5:30 PM
at the Silberman School of Social Work
2180 3rd Avenue at 119th Street, Room 212 
Please RSVP to by Thursday, March 13th

































Comprehensive Approach to Dementia – Symposium, March 6th

Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center present:18th Annual Symposium
Comprehensive Approach to Dementia  

A Practical Update for Practitioners in Mental Health, Primary Care and Long-Term Care Settings 

Thursday, March 6th, 2014   
8:00 am-3:30 pm
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10029

Dementias have become a major public health concern due to their increasing prevalence and mounting costs. Early detection of at-risk individuals can reduce suffering and family burden caused by the disease. Medications, behavioral approaches and caregiver support comprise an expanding array of care options. This symposium will offer practitioners an overview of emerging trends in both the interventions and ethics of dementia care. Nationally recognized faculty will discuss the characterization and treatment of the cognitive, behavioral and psychological signs and symptoms of dementia.

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This event is sponsored by  Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

In Joint Sponsorship with The Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York and The Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers


For questions about this event,

call (212) 614-5751   

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LGBT-Inclusive Questions Added to NYS Medicaid Assessment Tool: A National Model

LGBT-Inclusive Questions Added to NYS Medicaid Assessment Tool: A National Model  

SAGE applauds the New York State Department of Health for integrating questions on sexual orientation and gender identity into its new Uniform Assessment System for New York (UAS-NY), which will be used throughout the state’s network of Medicaid community based long-term care services and programs. The New York State Department of Health included these questions in the UAS-NY based on guidance from SAGE. This assessment system will now collect data on LGBT older people who navigate this system for the first time in the state’s history–and will serve as a model for patient care and statewide data collection on the health of LGBT older people nationwide.

With the numbers of people age 65+ on the rise, it is more critical than ever to address the health concerns of LGBT elders throughout the US. Gathering the kind of information collected by the UAS-NY can help create optimal, patient-centered long-term care plans that take into account the unique barriers and profound health disparities among LGBT people. These types of questions can help identify the specific nature of health disparities in the LGBT community and formulate effective means of addressing them. Research has also found that people who disclose their sexual orientations to their providers feel more comfortable discussing broader health behaviors.

The New York State Department of Health is the latest state agency to address the health concerns of LGBT older people. Earlier this year, the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) began collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity to address health disparities among LGBT elders in its network.

Webinar – Affordable Care Act

We invite you to join our webinar “The Affordable Care Act: A New Opportunity for Social Work”

The Affordable Care Act: A New Opportunity for Social Work

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is dramatically influencing the delivery of health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults and people with disabilities. Yet many social work education programs are not preparing their students with the knowledge, values, and skills needed to work effectively within the rapidly changing health and LTSS environments created by the ACA.

Learn from two highly regarded social work practitioners—Robyn Golden from Rush University Medical Center and June Simmons from Partners in Care Foundation—about the primary provisions of the ACA that create opportunities for new social work roles related to prevention-based programs, coordinated care, and the management and delivery of LTSS. They will also provide strategies to prepare social work graduates with the necessary competencies to be successful leaders. Key objectives:

(1) Discuss how the ACA affects social work practice related to care coordination and transitions, interdisciplinary team roles, and methods by which hospitals and healthcare organizations can more effectively use social workers.

(2) Identify implications of the ACA for social work education, curricular change, and teaching resources.

(3) Articulate the knowledge, skills, and values that social workers need to work effectively in the context of the ACA.

Be sure to register (below) and forward this invitation to your colleagues.

Robyn Golden, LCSW and June Simmons, MSW

The Affordable Care Act: A New Opportunity for Social Work
When: Wednesday 13 November 2013, 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Audio Conference Details: Audio Conference Details:

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SAAS at Common Time – October 16th

The first Common Time of the fall semester is on Wednesday, October 16. SAAS has been working to put together two interesting workshops relevant to the day’s theme of connections in social work. There also is a aging specific workshop sponsored by the Office of Career Services. Information about these workshops is listed below. We would love to see a strong turnout for these workshops, as we feel that they focus on important topics within gerontological social work. 
If you have any questions or concerns about these workshops, please email us at hcsaas at gmail dot com. We hope to see you there!

Sex and Aging  
2:00 pm to 2:45 pm, Room 218
It’s not easy to have “the talk” with older clients. Jenni Griffith, Program Manager, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, will help you engage older clients about sexuality (including LGBTQ populations).   

Log on! Selfhelp’s Virtual Senior Center
3:00 pm to 3:45 pm, Room  322
These sassy seniors stay social through technology. Scott Code, Director of Client Centered Technology, explains the Center and its programming and will even log on to the site for a Q & A with a member of the Center!
Careers in Aging: Social Work Job Opportunities with JASA
(for 2nd Year and Advanced Standing Students)
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Room 
This workshop, sponsored by Career Services, will discuss job opportunities for social workers at JASA, an aging organization in New York City. JASA staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their experiences. To learn more about JASA, visit with a general e-mail to Lauren Mazer: lmazer at hunter dot cuny dot edu

Save the Date – November 13, 2013



Please Join an Invited Panel for Discussion at this Anniversary Time


TIME: 5:30-7:00 pm

Sponsored by: The Gerontological Social Work Committee and the Disaster Trauma Committee, NASW-NYC


Graduate Student Research Award – Deadline for Submission, October 15th

ASA continues to accept submissions for its Graduate Student Research Award.  The deadline for this award submission has been extended an additional two weeks, through Tuesday, October 15.  To be considered, papers should be submitted through our website, Your ASA website username and password are also located at the bottom of this message.

The Graduate Student Research Award is given to spur academic and clinical interest in the field of aging, and rewards the best unpublished graduate research paper on a completed project relevant to aging and applicable to practice. Membership in ASA is not a requirement, but is a consideration.  Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate-degree program or have completed their studies less than one year before submission, and be sponsored by a faculty member.

The winner will receive an opportunity to present their paper during a poster session at the Aging in America Conference, recognition by peers, a complimentary one-year student ASA membership (if not already a member) and one complimentary conference registration.

Student Scholarship Award

Harvey Weissman, 2nd year clinical student and SAAS Member was recently awarded a 2013 Diana List Cullen Memorial First Year MSW Student Writing Scholarship, which is sponsored by the Metropolitan Chapter of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work.  The award recognizes MSW students who have shown academic excellence in a clinical paper that they have written in their first year of graduate school. Scholarship recipients also receive a one year membership in the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work.  NYSSCSW is a professional organization whose mission is to maintain standards of clinical practice and to provide support and promote training of clinical social workers. The Society also has a mentorship program for students and recent graduates, which meets monthly and guides new students into the social work profession.

Please visit for further information about the Society, the Mentoring Program, and the Diana List Cullen Scholarship.

For information about other scholarship and professional opportunities available to Silberman students, please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarship website.

Congratulations, Harvey!