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Focus on Aging: Federal Partners’ Webinar Series

This webinar series will address important topics for public health and health care professionals, aging services organizations, the research community, and other stakeholders in aging. The series is a joint project of four of the federal agencies that support the health and wellness of older adults in the U.S.: the Administration for Community Living, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the National Institute on Aging. In addition to general topics of interest for older adults and those who work with them, each webinar will include information specific to individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, as well as their caregivers.

Past Webinars

Spring 2021: Communicating Dementia Risk Information

Thursday, May 20th, 2021, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET

If a test could tell the risk of dementia, who would want to know — and how? Certain imaging scans, genetic tests, and even blood tests are increasingly able to signal whether a person may be at higher risk of developing dementia. However, these test results are not always clear cut. Researchers and clinicians have been investigating what such results may mean and the best ways to communicate them to patients and research participants. Knowing these results may be beneficial, particularly in terms of planning and potential intervention, but could have other implications. This webinar will explore the issue of disclosure in detail, including for diverse populations, focusing on the science of dementia risk, legal and ethical issues involving disclosure, and communication frameworks for disclosure.

Presentations and Speakers:

  • Why Risk Information Matters: One Participant’s Perspective
    Cynthia Huling Hummel, MDiv, DMin
  • Using Dementia Risk Information: Now and Future Directions
    Suzanne Schindler, MD, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations
    Emily Largent, JD, PhD, RN, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • Components of Risk Communication
    Jennifer Lingler, PhD, MA, CRNP, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
    Doris Zallen, PhD, Virginia Tech
  • Communicating Dementia Risk in Diverse Cohorts and Clinical Populations
    Jill Goldman, MS, MPhil, CGC, Columbia University Medical Center
    Gladys Maestre, MD, PhD, The University of Texas Rio Grande School of Medicine

February 2021: Workforce to Support the Needs of Older Adults

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021, 2:00 — 3:30 p.m. ET

Workforce development is challenging under the best of circumstances. Preparing a workforce that can meet the changing needs of older adults and persons living with dementia is particularly complicated, but more necessary than ever. This webinar offered workforce strategies and insights to help meet the unique care needs of older adults, including those living with dementia and those in diverse and underserved populations. Experts from across the United States offered their perspectives on this critical area of research and practice.

Presentations and Speakers:

  • Public Health and Medical Dementia Workforce Strategies and Challenges
    James T. Pacala, MD, MS, and Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD, University of Minnesota
  • Training the Nation’s Nursing Home Workforce using Project ECHO
    Sanjeev Arora, MD, MACP, FACG, University of New Mexico
  • Dementia Health Care/Service Workforce Needs in Indian Country
    Blythe S. Winchester, MD, MPH, CMD, Cherokee Indian Hospital

September 2020: Social Isolation and Loneliness

Monday, September 28th, 2020, 2:00 — 3:30 p.m. ET

Human beings are social creatures, thriving on connections with others. These connections can help to reduce social isolation and loneliness and lower risk for a variety of physical and mental health conditions. This webinar focused on how social isolation and loneliness affect older adults’ health and well-being, particularly amid the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar also addressed social isolation and loneliness in the context of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, emphasized the impact of health disparities, and provided information on potential interventions and mitigating technologies.

Presentations and Speakers:

  • Social Isolation & Loneliness: Interrelationships with Health & Well-Being in Older Adults
    Louise Hawkley, PhD, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Adults During COVID-19
    Ashwin Kotwal, MD, MS, University of California San Francisco
    Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS, University of California San Francisco
  • Managing Symptoms of Dementia, Maintaining Function, and Accessing Services During Isolation
    Sheria G. Robinson-Lane, PhD, RN, University of Michigan School of Nursing
  • Identifying and Serving People Living Alone with Dementia
    Don Smith, Area Agency on Aging at United Way of Tarrant County
  • I-CONECT Project: Using Video Chat to Reduce Social Isolation and Improve Cognitive Health
    Hiroko Dodge, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University

May 2020: Supporting Older Adults in Emergencies: Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET


  1. Samir Sinha, MD, DPhil, FRCPC, Sinai Health
  2. Margaret Sanders, MA, LSW, Northeast Ohio Medical University
  3. Jeffrey Klein, FACHE, Nevada Senior Services
  4. Kathryn Hyer, PhD, MPP, University of South Florida
  5. Nia Reed, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Please click here to view a video recording of the May 13th webinar.


Please email Elizabeth Prickett.