Posted 1 October 2004 in StressPoints by Diane L. Elmore, Washington, DC
On June 21, 2004, several ISTSS members participated in a congressional briefing that explored the issues of trauma and aging. This event was hosted by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and the American Psychological Association (APA). Sen. John Breaux, D-La., the ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and longtime champion of mental health and aging issues, sponsored the briefing, which drew a crowd of senior staff from key Senate offices and leaders of health and aging organizations. The expert panel of witnesses included ISTSS members, Mary W. Armsworth, PhD; Joan M. Cook, PhD; and moderator, Diane L. Elmore, PhD. Also included in the panel was aging expert, Martha R. Crowther, PhD, and older adult veteran and trauma survivor, Albert M. Perna.