Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #303
The Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group Presents: An Introduction to Working in Behavioral Gerontology
Sunday, May 26, 2024
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 1-2
Area: DEV; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Zoe Lucock (Positive Ageing Consultancy & Training )
JONATHAN C. BAKER (Western Michigan University)
SHAWNA ASHLEY FLEMING (Evergreen Communication Therapy)

Behavioral gerontologists work with older adults, generally those aged 65 and above, who may or may not have additional diagnoses. They can work in a range of areas, from behavioral challenges related to a diagnosis of dementia, to disease prevention, rehabilitation after stroke, smoking cessation and learning new skills. Despite there being interest in work with older adults since the 1960s, there is still only a tiny fraction of BCBAs who report that they work with this population. The behavioral gerontology special interest group (BG SIG) brings together behavioral gerontologists from across the world to network, create resources, provide learning opportunities and to develop this niche sub-field of behavior analysis further. This panel brings together four behavioral gerontologists from across the globe to share their experiences working in the field of behavioral gerontology, discuss how interested students and behavior analysts can move into behavioural gerontology and to answer questions from the audience.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Students and behavior analysts interested in increasing their competencies with older adults.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) state three different areas and populations that behavioral gerontologists may work with (2) state three behaviours that someone may engage in when wanting to move into behavioral gerontology. (3) state the benefits of BG SIG membership for those wanting to move into behavioral gerontology
Keyword(s): Aging, Dementia, Gerontology, Older adult



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