Behavioral Gerontology

A Special Interest Group of ABAI

Spring Newsletter

Volume 32, Issue 1

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A Message From the Officers

Welcome Members,

Happy spring! We are excited to present this newsletter to you in a novel format. At the bottom of the page, you will find a "comments" section. We welcome any feedback or thoughts you might have about design elements, or on the more general functionality of the letter. And, of course, we would appreciate any reactions you might have about the presented content!

Included below is information on gerontology-related events at this year's annual ABAI convention, such as symposia, SIG meetings, and posters. Of particular note, we are excited to announce our Multi-SIG event with the Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG and Verbal Behavior SIG. Be sure to stop by for networking opportunities, research, and clinical support. Also, see the section on "Updates in Research" for a few articles that may be of interest to you.

Thank you for taking the time to stay up to speed on the activities of the SIG. We hope to see you at ABAI!

Enjoy Your Age,


A Special Message from the Chair

Dear ABAI BGSIG Members,

As ABAIs annual convention is rapidly approaching, I am looking forward to seeing you at the conference or at the BGSIG’s annual business meeting. This year is marked by the Final Report of the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA). This report documents an increasing national commitment to

  • Improve long-term services and supports for adults aged 65 and older – including care partner service
  • Promote health behaviors of older adults, e.g.,
  • Reduce abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults, particularly of those with cognitive loss.

Here is the link to the WHCOA report for your review of topics that are currently marked as pressing within the field of aging:

As more resources will become available at the federal and state levels, we – the BGSIG officers – are curious whether the progressively increasing attention to services for older adults is altering behavior analysts’ needs or interests in the area of aging. For this reason, we ask you to be so kind and to devote a few minutes to completing the BGSIG’s online survey about your interest in the special interest group and its future direction. Your participation will allow us to present the resulting data at this year’s business meeting for member input, and to plan accordingly.

For the anonymous BGSIG survey, please click this link:

Thank you!

See you in Chicago,

Claudia Drossel
Chair, BGSIG

ABAI 2016 42nd Annual Convention

Friday, May 27th, 9am to Tuesday, May 31st, 11:45pm

Hyatt Regency Chicago and Swissôtel Chicago; Downtown Chicago, IL

ABAI 2016 Schedule


Verbal Behavior Interventions With Older Adults

Monday, May 30, 2016: 8:00 AM–8:50 AM

Michigan ABC, Hyatt Regency, Bronze East

Chair: Jonathan C. Baker (Western Michigan University)

Discussant: Mark L. Sundberg (Sundberg and Associates)

CE Instructor: Jonathan C. Baker, Ph.D.

Behavioral Approaches to Evaluate and Address Memory Deficits in Older Adults

Monday, May 30, 2016: 11:00 AM–11:50 AM

Michigan ABC, Hyatt Regency, Bronze East

Chair: Claudia Drossel (Eastern Michigan University)

Discussant: Claudia Drossel (Eastern Michigan University)

Going Mainstream With Behavioral Treatments for Common Problems: Can We Be Popular and Stay Functional?

Monday, May 30, 2016: 4:00 PM–5:50 PM

Crystal Ballroom B, Hyatt Regency, Green West

Chair: Katie Wiskow (Texas Tech University)

Discussant: Patrick C. Friman (Boys Town)

CE Instructor: Katie Wiskow, M.A.


Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group

Sunday, May 29, 2016: 7:00 PM–9:00 PM

Riverside Exhibit Hall, Hyatt Regency, Purple East

RACHEL ARMSTRONG (Eastern Michigan University), Claudia Drossel (Eastern Michigan University), Allison A. Ilem (Puget Sound Health Care System, American Lake Division), Hanna Steinunn Steingrimsdottir (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences), Christopher Walmsley (Western Michigan University)

Time Course of Changes in Amount of Cues During Behavioral Trainings in Patients With Dementia

Tuesday, May 31, 2016: 12:00 PM–2:00 PM

Riverside Exhibit Hall, Hyatt Regency, Purple East

YURI HASHIMOTO (Kitasato University), Makoto Suzuki (Kitasato Univers), Aki Watanabe (Kitasato University), Harumi Kotaki (Hatsutomi Hoken Hospital), Michinari Fukuda (School of Allied Health Sciences, Kitasato University)

Using Scatterplot to Monitor Behavioural Changes During Discontinued Psychotropic Drugs

Tuesday, May 31, 2016: 7:00 PM–9:00 PM

Riverside Exhibit Hall, Hyatt Regency, Purple East

JORN ARVE VOLD (Raade Administrative Area), Malin Terese Thoegersen (Raade Administrative Area), Herdis Johannson (Raade Administrative Area)

Applied Behavior Analysis Can, and Should, Be More Actively Promoted for Saving Lives in Mainstream Public Health Problems

Tuesday, May 31, 2016: 7:00 PM–9:00 PM

Riverside Exhibit Hall, Hyatt Regency, Purple East

RICHARD COOK (Penn State University)

BG SIG Business Meeting

Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group

Monday, May 30, 2016: 7:00 AM–7:50 AM

Columbus Hall CD, Hyatt Regency, Gold East

Chair: Claudia Drossel (Eastern Michigan University)

Multi-SIG Event

Speech Pathology - Applied Behavior Analysis, Verbal Behavior, and Gerontology Special Interest Groups - A Tri-SIG Reunion, Social, and Networking Reception

Monday, May 30, 2016: 9:00 PM–11:00 PM

St. Gallen 2, Swissotel

Chair: Nikia Dower (Dower and Associates, Inc.)

Updates in Research

Care staff training in residential homes for managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia based on differential reinforcement procedures of applied behaviour analysis: a process research:

The Peaceful Mind Manual - A Protocol for Treating Anxiety in Persons With Dementia:

Staff Training in Assisted Living: Evaluating Treatment Fidelity:

Using Music to Decrease Disruptive Vocalizations in a Man with Dementia:

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety in People With Dementia: A Clinician Guideline for a Person-Centered Approach:

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