Mount professor discusses the changing landscape of aging and eldercare
Lawrence T. Force, gerontologist and professor of Psychology at Mount Saint Mary College, introduced a recent screening of the film Lives Well Lived: Celebrating the Secrets, Wit and Wisdom of Age by discussing the changing landscape of aging and eldercare.

Force discussed how society can begin “reframing the way aging looks,” He added, “The fact is, 60 is not considered old anymore.”

Force also discussed the changing face of caregiving. Many people could learn to become eldercare givers, and many more can help through their current vocations. Read more...

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...

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