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Get Into the Act: The Benefits of Volunteering As We Age

By Patricia A. Parmelee, PhD, and Rebecca S. Allen, PhD (Alabama Research Institute on Aging, The University of Alabama) The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. – Mahatma Gandhi May is Older Americans Month, and the theme this year is “Get into the Act!” The celebration emphasizes […]

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How Integrated Health Care Benefits You as You Get Older

By Deborah DiGilio, MPH (Director, APA Office on Aging) and Toni Vincent (Graduate Health Communication Intern, APA Center for Psychology and Health) With recent changes in healthcare you may be hearing new terms that you may be unfamiliar with. “Patient-centered medical home”, “health care team”, and “care coordination,” all describe a new way of providing health […]

In Case You Missed It

In Case You Missed It – News Roundup – March 27, 2015

Welcome to In Case You Missed It, our weekly roundup of articles related to psychology, health and mental health, social justice and the public interest. This week, our stories include what the Germanwings crash tells us about mental health screening of pilots, controversial anti-gay legislation signed by the Indiana Governor, the emotional impact of college admissions […]

APA Joins Coalition to Change Conversation About Mental Health Nationwide

APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD, joined first lady Michelle Obama and other leaders from the mental health community and other groups in Washington, D.C., March 4 to launch The Campaign to Change Direction, aimed at altering Americans’ attitudes toward mental health and wellness. APA is a founding member of the campaign, joining partners that […]

How the Mental Drain of Poverty Undermines Economic Opportunity

  This post continues our new blog series on poverty. As our nation reflects on its progress in fighting poverty over the last 50 years, this blog series will highlight how psychology can contribute further to this discussion. By Lisa A. Gennetian, PhD (Senior Researcher at National Bureau of Economic Research & Associate Research Scientist at NYU’s […]

Why Philadelphia’s Mental Health Successes Should Spur Capitol Hill to Action

The American Psychological Association was pleased to have Arthur C. Evans, Jr., PhD, as a witness March 25, 2014 at a hearing of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Oversight of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Below is a shortened version of Dr. Evans’ full testimony, with full video of the hearing on the Committee’s […]