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Division VIII Specialty Areas

Geriatric Neuropsychology

Mission Statement

The mission of the Geroneuropsychology Subcommittee of CPA Division 8 is to advance the education and training of geriatric neuropsychologists and support the practice of geroneuropsychology to attain the highest standards of care for the growing population of aging adults.

Vision Statement

The Geroneuropsychology Subcommittee of CPA Division 8 aspires to become an invaluable resource for education and training, practice-related information, and discussion of topics pertinent to improving the quality of care for the aging adult. To this end, we plan the following:

  • To organize and offer CE webinars and seminars that contribute to the training of neuropsychologists who are or aspire to be experts in geriatric neuropsychology.
  • To enhance the practice of geriatric neuropsychology by supporting practice-related concerns, including billing, risk management, and working with Medicare.
  • To maintain a ListServ that offers a forum for members to consult on difficult cases, obtain advice on practice issues, and stay abreast of changes in policy or standards of care for the older adults.
  • To advise and support CPA and APA committees concerned with advancing the interests of geriatric neuropsychologists and the discipline of neuropsychology in general.

Membership Criteria

The Division 8 Geriatric Neuropsychology Committee is open to all clinical and academic neuropsychologists who belong to CPA and have an interest in:

  • Promoting knowledge of normal and abnormal brain function in older adults.
  • Training students to function ethically and effectively with the geriatric population.
  • Providing assessment, education and treatment to older adults. Students are also welcome to join.

Resources for the Professional

Geriatrics at Your Fingertips
David B. Reuben MD et al
Published by the American Geriatric Society
They have a new app for the iPhone

As Assessment Guide to Geriatric Neuropsychology
Holly Tuokko and Thomas Hadjistavropoulos
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1998

Psychologists in Long Term Care
Psychologists In Long Term Care, Inc. (PLTC) is a network of psychologists and other professionals dedicated to providing high quality mental health services in long-term care settings including: skilled nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, and congregate housing.

Institute on Aging: San Francisco
Continuing Education for Professionals

Concept Healthcare
CoHealth provides training and resources for psychologists, behavioral and healthcare professionals, and family members to better care for the elderly by understanding the psychology of aging along with the physical effects of growing old — a collaborative approach to care for the whole person.

UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center
We developed this Web site for researchers, primary care physicians, caregivers, students and those with a general interest in Alzheimer’s Disease. Utilizing the many resources and web links, we think you will find this a useful portal to understanding the many facets of dementia.


Assessing Competence to Consent to Treatment:
A Guide for Physicians and Other Health Professionals
Thomas Grisso and Paul S. Appelbaum
Oxford University Press 1998

Evaluating Competencies: Forensic Assessments and Instruments
Thomas Grisso
Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers 2003

Changes in Decision-Making Capacity in Older Adults:
Assessment and Intervention
Edited by Sara H. Qualls and Michael A. Smyer
Wiley Series in Clinical Geropsychology 2007

Assessment of Older Adults with Diminished Capacity:
A Handbook for Psychologists
American Psychological Association Workgroup 2008
Available online:


John Courtney PhD has a listserv focussed on mental health billing. To join send an email to:

Medicare Rules for Testing Services: APA

Billing and Coding: APA Practice Management

Geriatric Psychopharmacology

Geriatric Psychopharmacology
Edited by J. Craig Nelson
Medical Psychiatry Series

Clinical Manual of Geriatric Psychopharmacology
by Sandra A. Jacobson, Ronald W. Pies, and Ira R. Katz, 821 pp, $74.
Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Publishing, 2007.
ISBN-13 978-1-58562-252-8.

Resources for the Public

Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission: To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Alzheimer’s Daily News
A daily newsletter delivered to your email box with all of the latest updates on Alzheimer’s research.

The Alzheimer’s Store
The Alzheimer’s Store is dedicated to providing unique products and information for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Every product in the store has been carefully selected to make living with Alzheimer’s disease as easy as possible.

California Department of Aging
The Department’s mission is to promote the independence and well-being of older adults, adults with disabilities, and families through:

  • Access to information and services to improve the quality of their lives;
  • Opportunities for community involvement
  • Support from family members providing care

Care Connection
Care Connection, a strategic alliance between the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and Ask Dr. Jamie, is a free telephone support service designed for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses. These teleconferences are a valuable mix of coaching, guest speakers, questions and answers–and sharing.

Family Caregiver Alliance
Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. Long recognized as a pioneer in health services, FCA now offers programs at national, state and local levels to support and sustain caregivers.

University of San Francisco Memory and Aging Center
The UCSF Memory and Aging Center strives to provide the highest quality of care for individuals with cognitive problems, conduct research on the causes and cures for degenerative brain diseases, and educate health professionals, patients and their families.

The MAC also has several videos on YouTube on various dementias:

Aging Services of California
Aging Services of California is the leading advocate for quality nonprofit senior living and care in the state. The public-interest association represents more than 400 nonprofit providers of aging services – including affordable housing, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living, skilled nursing, and home and community-based care – that collectively serve more than 100,000 seniors

Institute on Aging: San Francisco
Institute on Aging (IOA) is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that touches the lives of thousands of seniors in San Francisco, Marin, and the Peninsula. IOA’s service mission is to enhance the quality of life for our diverse community of adults as they age. Our breadth of services enable elders in the San Francisco Bay Area to maintain their health, well-being, independence, and participation in the community.


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