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News Items – July 18, 2014

75676172[Video] Health: Documentary “Alive Inside” Premieres In Philadelphia; Shows The Power Of Music For Those With Dementia
CBS Philadelphia
A filmmaker with Philadelphia roots captured incredible moments across the country, documenting how dementia patients, mostly in nursing homes, can come alive. “Music connects people with who they have been, who they are in their lives,” said Dan Cohen, social worker and founder of the nonprofit Music and Memory. The film “Alive Inside” shows a powerful connection.

Katherine Kripke is a member:
Getting help in Boulder for postpartum depression
Broonfield Enterprise
Every new mom experiences “the baby blues,” says Kate Kripke, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in perinatal health. Studies show that 85 percent of mothers experience severe vulnerability and impaired resilience to stress for about two to three weeks after delivering a child. “I think the other 15 percent are lying,” Kripke says. “Everyone I know has gone through that.” Postpartum anxiety is the most common complication with childbirth but the least talked about, she adds.

Aging baby boomers will bring new health care challenges
U-T San Diego
As the baby boom generation ages, the number of older Americans is expected to rise sharply in the coming years, and that means there will be both changes and challenges in geriatric health care. The number of those age 65 and older is expected to increase from 42 million to 70 million by 2030, and, for the first time in history, the number of older people will exceed those under age 5, said Dilip V. Jeste, director of the University of California, San Diego’s Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging.… As a result, he said, health care providers must be trained at all levels to handle senior care – everyone from primary care physicians to nurses, social workers and pharmacists.

UNH filmmaker appointed to Obama’s Disability Committee
Foster’s Daily Democrat
President Barack Obama has announced his intent to appoint Dan Habib, project director and filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (IOD), to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, the White House has announced. Habib, the project director of the Inclusive Communities Project at the IOD, directed the award-winning film “Including Samuel,” a documentary about his family’s efforts to include his son Samuel, who has cerebral palsy, in all facets of their lives. Habib’s latest film, “Who Cares About Kelsey?” documents the life of a Somersworth High School student with emotional and behavioral challenges and the innovative educational approaches that help her succeed.… Before he begins his stint on the Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities he will be traveling with Kelsey, from his most recent documentary, to Washington, D.C. to reveal the film to the National Association of Social Workers.

Marcia Runnberg is a member:
Without influx of immigrants, Twin Ports would have lost residents in recent years
Duluth News-Tribune
In her coursework, Marcia Runnberg, an assistant professor of social work at the College of St. Scholastica, said she has attempted to build awareness of the challenges facing immigrants in the community and heighten sensitivity to their needs. “To begin to build a welcoming community for immigrants, we need to be more intentional about creating opportunities for people to interact with one another and share their cultures through things like food and music,” Runnberg said. “I think that would go a long way toward making people feel more a part of our community.” A food path Runnberg said that many immigrants choose to start their own businesses, rather than accept menial jobs working for others, and ethnic restaurants have offered a common path for newly arrived entrepreneurs.

Susan Grettenberger is a member:
Two More Openly LGBT Candidates Announce MI Campaigns
Pride Source
Susan Grettenberger received her Bachelors from Albion College in Psychology and Education. She has since received a Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois, Chicago and Ph.D. in Social Work from Michigan State University. She currently works at Central Michigan as a Professor teaching Social Work.

Older African Americans fall less often
Medical Express
A University of Michigan study examining how race and ethnicity predicts the frequency of falls by older people shows that African Americans are less likely to fall than others. “Millions of older adults living in community settings are just one bad fall away from a nursing home,” said Emily Nicklett, an assistant professor of social work and the study’s lead author. “Identifying risk and protective factors can inform falls prevention interventions and policies.” Nicklett and colleague Robert Joseph Taylor, the Sheila Feld Collegiate Professor of Social Work, and faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research, examined data on falls incidence and frequency from the Health and Retirement Study from 2000 to 2010. The study followed nearly 10,500 African American, Latino and non-Hispanic white older adults.

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