Images of Communication Award
Each year, the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry recognizes an author or media professional for his or her compassionate, informative coverage of mental health issues facing the elderly and their families and caregivers.
As older Americans are the fastest-growing segment of the population, and mental illness that is not a normal part of aging affects one in five individuals age 55 and older, it is imperative that more resources be devoted to understanding, treating, diagnosing, and preventing late-life mental illnesses. The media and writers' role in helping to bring these issues to the forefront is vital. To be eligible, a nominee must:
- The association will consider articles published in a general-audience newspaper, magazine or online publication; novels, stories, poetry and essays; and radio and television programs.
- In addition to thoughtful discussion of late-life mental health, preference will be given to written works or programs that address the role of the geriatric psychiatrist.
- Preference will also be given to material with the greatest reach, i.e., national versus regional.
- Material will be judged on educational value and scientific accuracy.
The award winner will be recognized at the AAGP Annual Meeting and presented the award. In addition, the winner receives $500, complimentary registration, and travel to the meeting.
Applications/nominations are due late fall of each year. Eligible material is that produced in the previous 24 months. For more details, e-mail email@example.com.