Center on Aging and Policy at Mount Saint Mary College


Stay up to date with the Mount's Center on Aging and Disability Policy with the latest news from the Center and its directors.

Mount's Center on Aging and Policy receives $600,000 grant

Mount Saint Mary College’s Center on Aging and Policy (CAP) was recently awarded a $600,000 grant to launch the ProActive Caring initiative for families of individuals with disabilities. The grant was secured by Lawrence T. Force and Jeffery S. Kahana, CAP co-directors and longtime professors of the social sciences at the Mount.

Awarded by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council over the course of three years, the grant will be used to provide 1,000 family caregivers of individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities with continued support and training. Participants will include those aiding individuals across the lifespan, from birth to end-of-life.

CAP will collaborate with Access: Supports for Living in Middletown, N.Y. and Independent Living, Inc. in Newburgh, N.Y. to build the infrastructure to educate caregivers, who will be immersed in two evidence-based training models – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Positive Adult Development. Read more...


Mount professor explores aging and disability in new book

Jeffrey Kahana, associate professor of the Division of Social Sciences at Mount Saint Mary College, recently published his newest book, Disability and Aging: Learning from Both to Empower the Lives of Older Adults. The book examines late life disability through the lens of advocates for the disabled and students of gerontology. As such, it has a wide audience, including scholars, care receivers and their caregivers, medical and other professionals, and more.

Kahana co-authored the book with his mother, Eva Kahana, a professor of humanities and director of the Elderly Care Research Center at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. 

“This project really grew out of an interest I have had in both disability and aging,” Kahana revealed. “The disability interest comes from having a son with autism and the aging interest from growing up living in a home with my grandmother who became increasingly disabled…There are a lot of personal experiences in the book.” Read more...


Mount professor keynote speaker at 'Aging 101' event

Lawrence T. Force, Mount Saint Mary College professor of psychology and director of the college’s Center on Aging and Policy (CAP), discussed depression in older adults at “Aging 101: Where Do I Begin?” held at the college. The event helped healthcare professionals and community members learn how to navigate healthcare for an aging family member.

Life expectancy has increased with improved healthcare, nutrition, and technology. A normal lifespan is now approximately 0 to 120 years, said Force. The impact of the increase in longevity can be felt in systems, programs, and individual lives across our nation. Force noted that every day in the United States, 10,000 people turn age 65 with the fastest growing segment of the population individuals older than 100. He also urged participants to be aware of the symptoms of depression – whether in themselves or in someone they care for – and to seek aid if necessary. 

The event was presented by the Mount, The Orange County Office for the Aging, The Population Health Coalition, and St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. ShopRite donated a light dinner for participants. Read more...


Mount hosts 'Happiness Across the Lifespan'

More than 200 students, educators, and members of the community attended the “Happiness Across the Lifespan” conference at Mount Saint Mary College.

Keynote speaker Susan Engel, education author and senior lecturer in psychology, addressed happiness in the educational System with a focus on the importance of curiosity. Engel’s research interests include the development of curiosity, children’s narratives, play, and more generally, teaching and learning. Her scholarly work has appeared in journals such as Cognitive Development, Harvard Educational Review, and the American Education Research Journal, and she is also the author of six books. Her writing on education has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Atlantic Monthly, Salon, Huffington Post, and The Boston Globe.

The conference was sponsored by Kaplan Family Foundations, as well as the Mount’s Center for Adolescent Research & Development, and the Center on Aging & Policy. Read more...